Epix, the premium network now owned by MGM, will be available to subscribers of Comcast’s X1 service in early 2018 under a new distribution deal hammered out by the two companies.

About 57% of Comcast’s industry-leading 22.5 million cable households are on the X1 platform, giving Epix valuable new real estate as it looks to keep pace with premium rivals. The addition of Comcast will make Epix available in 70 million homes.

“Comcast’s Xfinity TV is one of the most innovative and powerful distribution platforms for entertainment content across the United States,” said Gary Barber, chairman and CEO of MGM. “As we increase our investment in original series, expand content offerings and commit more resources to developing Epix’s brand and appeal, we are excited to partner with Comcast and bring Epix’s suite of premium content to their customers.”

Added Monty Sarhan, EVP and GM of Epix, “This agreement marks an incredible milestone for our company and provides Epix with a launchpad to deliver our content to more consumers on every platform. We’re extremely pleased to be in the Comcast universe. ”

Epix, which launched in 2009 as a joint venture of Viacom, Lionsgate and MGM and retains movie titles from those companies, has ramped up its lineup of original series of late. The slate now includes Get ShortyBerlin Station and Graves with The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair on deck.