You just compared the number of subs for a channel to the number of subs for a tv provider. That's got to be the worst comparison ever.
Yeah, I did!
comparing a company that is selling into a far smaller market (ie; premium channels) to one that is selling to a very broad market is a bit of a stretch.
Let's just say that Epix is getting far more subscribers to their premium offering into a much smaller base of potential buyers than D* was in their 1st 8 years selling into a very broad market.
To me that says Epix has done wonderfully.
And as to what they are offering, well yes they do have somewhat limited offerings compared to HBO (@$18/month) or the others (@$14/month), but then they are only $7/month as a mini-premium.