Even with challenges in finding distribution, the three owners of Epix maintained they would launch the pay-cable channel by this month. They will just make it -- debuting Oct. 30. Nonetheless, the
question of in how many homes persists. It has a deal to be in some 2.5 million homes served by Verizon -- and although it said Monday that it has other distribution partners, it did not name them.
Epix is a joint venture between Viacom and its Paramount Pictures unit, MGM and Lionsgate. --David Goetzl