ScreenPix on Comcast?

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  1. zeebre12

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    Comcast have partnered with Epix to launch new channels called ScreenPix? Are these new regular linear channels like the other Epix linear channels like Epix 2/Drive In or just OnDemand channels?
    https://finance.yahoo.com/news/epix-...T_YaExS
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  2. techguy88

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    This is a similar stunt they have pulled when they took Cinemax out of their Premier package and replaced them with a service called Hitz which consists of 3 linear HD channels and an on demand service. They still carry Cinemax and its multiplex channels but solely as an a la carte option now for $12/month. Hitz is also available as an a la carte option for all other Comcast package at the same price of $12/month. :rolleyes:

    Just like with Hitz, these are regular channels that Comcast has come up with to replace the equivalent Starz and StarzEncore channels that they have removed/planning on removing from the Preferred and Premier packages. Since Comcast never sold the StarzEncore channels on an a la carte bases instead bundling it with Preferred and Premier customers in Starter who want ScreenPix have to upgrade to Preferred to get them.

    Instead of using their own library content and licensing second-run library content from Sony and MGM they just created these channels in partnership with Epix this time.
    • ScreenPix essentially is a replacement for Starz, StarzEncore, StarzEncore Classics, Starz Comedy, MoviePlex and Retroplex
      • Comcast's Screenpix description:
    • ScreenPix: Action replaces Starz Edge, StarzEncore Action and StarzEncore Suspense
      • Screenpix: Action's description
    • ScreenPix: Westerns replaces StarzEncore Westerns
      • Screenpix: Westerns' description:
    • ScreenPix: Voices replaces Indieplex, Starz in Black, Starz Cinema and StarzEncore Black
      • Screenpix: Voices' description:
    • ScreenPix On Demand replaces Starz On Demand and StarzEncore On Demand
    The new agreement that Comcast/Starz reached in late December 2019 calls for Comcast to completely transition the remaining Starz and StarzEncore channels it carries to a complete a la carte offering after the series finale of Power airs on February 9, 2020. Lionsgate (Starz's parent company) also agreed to supply Comcast's streaming service Peacock with content as part of this deal.

    Starz Multiplex channels dropped by Comcast in December 2019 (will not be added back) Content from these channels are available via Starz On Demand. These were removed to make room for Epix.
    • Starz Edge
    • Starz in Black
    • Starz Comedy
    • Starz Cinema
    • Starz Kids & Family
    StarzEncore Multiplex channels dropped by Comcast in December 2019 (will not be added back) Content from these channels available via StarzEncore On Demand. ScreenPix is taking the spots vacated by these channels.
    • StarzEncore Classic (some areas will not be removing this channel at this time)
    • StarzEncore Suspense
    • StarzEncore Family
    • StarzEncore Español
    • StarzEncore Español On Demand (All StarzEncore Español was removed completely)
    MoviePlex Multiplex channels dropped by Comcast in December 2019 (will not be added back)
    • Indieplex
    • Retroplex
    Total channels removed: 11 linear channels; 1 on demand channel

    Comcast still carries the following Starz/StarzEncore channels as of January 2020
    • Starz
    • Starz On Demand
    • StarzEncore
    • StarzEncore Action
    • StarzEncore Black
    • StarzEncore Classic (some areas for now)
    • StarzEncore Westerns
    • StarzEncore On Demand
    • MoviePlex
    Total channels kept: 6 linear channels; 2 on demand channels

    Note: Comcast has been reading The Bible of AT&T and is adhering to their #1 commandment "Thou shall name services in ways to confuse thy customer."

    This means do not confuse ScreenPix with their existing exclusive video on demand/streaming service Streampix as they are two separate, individual services. Streampix is available as an add-on for $4.99/mo to any package. Some packages (like Triple Play bundles) come with Streampix included.
     
  3. zeebre12

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    Hitz is just an on demand service isn't it? There are no traditional linear channel like Screenpix?
     
  4. techguy88

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    Hitz is very similar to ScreenPix in that is a linear and on-demand service. Comcast dropped 3 of Cinemax's multi-plex channels in some areas to launch Hitz, Hitz 2 and Hitz 3 in their place right next to Cinemax. Streampix is entirely VOD/streaming and has no linear channels.
     
  5. zeebre12

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    No Hitz is just an on demand service. There are no actual linear channels like Screenpix Introducing Hitz – Xfinity
     
  6. techguy88

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    Then please explain this:

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    Now if Hitz didn't have linear channels like ScreenPix why are there 3 Hitz channels showing in Comcast's own channel lineup tool and Zap2It also has linear listings for Hitz?
     
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  7. zeebre12

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    That's weird. On the link I posted there is no mention of traditional linear channels. Also when they announced Hitz would be launching they said there would be no linear channels only on demand?
     
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    ??? Then why would they create listings for them as if they are linear? They are crazier than AT&T if they are doing that. Also if they want me to pay $12/mo for Hitz (same price as Cinemax a la carte) or thinks it is a suitable replacement for Cinemax in their Digital Premier I expect linear channels in addition to VOD.

    Is this true VOD or just Comcast utilizing Switched Digital Video?

    Ah I think I found out here is a small bit from their Hitz page

    Yeah they are crazier than AT&T for doing this. (And I thought I never say that in my life but here we are.)
     

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