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Hulu removes MGM, Paramount movies as Epix deal ends

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Hulu has removed dozens of movies from the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Paramount Pictures film libraries after its deal with cable channel Epix lapsed last week.

The move comes less than a year after Epix struck a deal with Paramount Global (then ViacomCBS) that saw more than 2,500 titles land on Paramount’s flagship streaming service Paramount Plus.

Earlier this month, Epix was acquired by Amazon after the tech giant closed on its $8.5 billion deal to purchase Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) Studios. MGM is the parent company of Epix, which operates both a cable network and standalone streaming service.

Hulu, which is owned by Disney, began removing Epix titles and distributed films last week. Though Hulu offered Epix original series and licensed films through its video on-demand catalog, Hulu’s live-streaming television service never offered the linear Epix cable network as an add-on package.

As a standalone service, Epix costs $6 a month.

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