Time Warner Cable Deal With Epix Rolls Out March 18


Footage of a Chinese character dying, and references to prostitution and torture were edited out of the Chinese release of the 2012 James Bond film. One scene completely cut included a hitman (Ola Rapace) killing a Chinese security guard. In another, Bond (Daniel Craig) questions a woman (Berenice Marlohe) about her tattoo, which indicates she had been forced into prostitution as a child. The audio was kept in, but the subtitles instead read she was being extorted by the mob. When Javier Bardem’s Raoul Silva tells Bond about being captured in Hong Kong and then tortured, the subtitles did not tell the whole tale.

UPDATED: The deal will bring movies and original programming to potentially 15 million viewers, including in New York and Los Angeles, across four channels.

Time Warner Cable said Tuesday it will launch Epix on March 18, giving its 15 million customers in New York, Los Angeles and elsewhere access to the service that offers movies and some original programming.

The previously announced deal calls for Time Warner Cable to offer four channels: Epix, Epix 2, Epix 3 and Epix Drive-In, and the cable company said that in celebration of the launch it is giving its digital basic tier customers three months of Epix for free.

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Epix launched in 2009 and is a joint venture of Viacom, Paramount Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Lionsgate. The service includes more than 2,000 titles available for streaming on multiple devices and platforms.

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Time Warner Cable and Epix said Tuesday that the deal includes titles like The Hunger Games, Skyfall, Star Trek Into Darkness and a "Heroes Unlimited" marathon that features GI Joe: Retaliation, The Avengers, The Expendables 2, World War Z, Jack Reacher and Red Dawn.

Original programming from Epix consists mostly of concerts and comedy specials, as well as documentaries including TWA Flight 800, Schooled: The Price of College Sports and Dwight Howard: In the Moment.