Epix sets launch date

Premium channel to bow with Madonna, Izzard specials

Multiplatform service Epix has set a launch date: Oct. 30.

The premium channel has unveiled the programming lineup for the launch weekend, with the television and online premieres of Madonna's "Sticky & Sweet: Live From Buenos Aires," an exclusive two-hour concert event, as well as Marvel's "Iron Man" and the comedy special "Eddie Izzard: Live From Wembley."

Epix is a joint venture among Viacom, Paramount, MGM and Lionsgate that is launching with Verizon FiOS and other distribution partners.