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Epix films, programming to land on PS3 in first quarter

"Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol" and "The Hunger Games" will be among the films available on the PlayStation 3 and, this spring, the PlayStation Vita.

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Epix, the joint venture between a host of prominent movie studios including MGM and Paramount, has announced plans to bring its service to Sony's PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita devices.

At some point during the first quarter, Epix will be available to PlayStation 3 users. The console will offer support for over 3,000 Epix titles, including newer releases, like "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol" and older titles. Epix's library of comedy, music, and sports events will also be available.

The PlayStation Vita will also receive Epix films and events, but owners of that device will need to wait until spring for access.

Epix offers its programming to several cable and satellite providers, including Cox and Dish Network. PlayStation 3 and Vita system owners who already subscribe to Epix through their television provider will be able to access Epix at no additional charge.

Epix is already available on the Xbox, as well as Roku players, iOS-based devices, and some Samsung televisions.

Epix will be available only to Sony's PlayStation Network members in the U.S. The app can be downloaded for free when it launches at some point in the next few months.