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MGM+, formerly known as Epix (pronounced epics and stylized as eᴘix), is an American premium cable and satellite television network owned by the MGMPlus Entertainment subsidiary of MGM (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer), which is itself a subsidiary of Amazon's MGM Holdings, Inc.[1][2][3][4] The channel's programming consists of recent and older theatrically released motion pictures, original television series, documentaries, and music and comedy specials.

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TypePay television network
CountryUnited States
Broadcast areaNationwide
HeadquartersNew York City, New York
  • English
  • Spanish (as SAP option)
Picture format
Timeshift service
  • MGM+ (East / West)
  • (all three multiplex channels exclusively operate East Coast feeds)
ParentMGMPlus Entertainment LLC[1]
Key people
  • Michael Wright (President)
  • Monty Sarhan (Co-EVP/GM)
  • Jason Meier (Co-EVP/CFO)
  • Nancy Cotton (EVP/Head, Scripted Programming)
Sister channels
View channels
    • ScreenPix
LaunchedOctober 30, 2009; 13 years ago (2009-10-30) (as Epix)
January 15, 2023; 8 months ago (2023-01-15) (as MGM+)
Former names
  • MGM+ Hits: Epix 2 (2010–2023)
  • MGM+ Marquee: Epix 3 (2009–2015)
    Epix Hits (2015–2023)
  • MGM+ Drive-In: The 3 From Epix (2009–2011)
    Epix Drive-In (2011–2023)
  • Epix: (2009–2023)
Streaming media
(U.S. cable internet subscribers only; requires subscription, trial or television provider login to access content)
Available feeds
    • MGM+
    • MGM+ Hits
    • MGM+ Marquee
    • MGM+ Drive-In
Apple TV ChannelsOver-the-top TV
(requires subscription or trial to access content)
  • MGM+ (East)
Amazon ChannelsOver-the-top TV
(requires subscription or trial to access content)
Available feeds (East only)
    • MGM+
    • MGM+ Hits
    • MGM+ Marquee
    • MGM+ Drive-In
The Roku ChannelOver-the-top TV
(requires subscription or trial to access content)
  • MGM+ (East)

Originally launched in the United States in October 2009, MGM+ is led by Michael Wright.[5] Since he joined the network in November 2017, Epix/MGM+ has announced many new series including Godfather of Harlem starring Forest Whitaker,[6] Perpetual Grace, LTD starring Ben Kingsley and Jimmi Simpson,[7][8] Deep State,[9] unscripted series Unprotected Sets executive produced by Wanda Sykes[10] and the return of The Contender.[11]

MGM+ and, depending on the carriage of any of the latter services, its three multiplex channels are sold by most traditional multichannel video programming distributors either as premium services or as part of a la carte digital movie tiers as well as by over-the-top MVPDs Sling TV,[12][13] DirecTV Stream,[14] Philo,[15] FuboTV[16] and YouTube TV.[17]

The service is also sold direct-to-consumer through a proprietary streaming service of the same name, and via a la carte subscriptions independent of a traditional pay television platform sold by Apple TV Channels, Amazon Channels and The Roku Channel. Each digital platform provides a library of video on demand content and live streams of the linear MGM+ television channels. (the standalone streaming service and the Amazon Video channel provide feeds of all four MGM+ multiplex channels; Apple and Roku subscribers receive only the East Coast feed of the primary MGM+ channel.)[18][19]

Following the acquisition of parent company Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, who had bought out the stakes of co-founders Lionsgate and Paramount by the end of 2017, by Amazon in 2022, the network announced in September that it would rebrand the service as MGM+ on January 15, 2023, a culmination of a gradual rebranding of the network to utilize the imaging of MGM itself following the buyout, as well as Amazon repositioning the network as a sister service to Amazon Prime Video and Amazon Freevee.[20]