Starz


Strong streaming growth for Starz

Lionsgate-owned streaming service Starzplay saw a 70% rise in its subscriber base in the year to March, taking the total for the service to 8.6 million with an expanded global footprint. Speaking to analysts after Lionsgate announced its fiscal year-end numbers, CEO Jon Feltheimer said that “Starzplay’s international expansions would continue to be based on […]

Starzplay lands on Canal+

Starz has agreed a distribution deal with Vivendi-owned Canal+ in France. The agreement will see Starzplay, the premium SVOD from Starz, offered to Canal+ Séries, Integrale and Integrale+ subscribers at no extra cost.  Announcing the news, the operator boasted its own originals and celebrated that its content offering will be boosted by Starz shows like […]

Starz brings Lionsgate Play to Indonesia

Starz has announced the expansion of its premium OTT platform Lionsgate Play into Indonesia. The Southeast Asian country becomes the latest to be added to Starz global footprint which currently includes 55 countries. Lionsgate Play is a joint-venture from Lionsgate India and Starz, and is currently only available in India. It offers access to a […]

‘Big three’ continue to dominate US SVOD chart, but newer players having an impact

Netflix has once again emerged as the top subscription streamer in the US, but the impact of newer players is being felt in the market. According to Parks Associate’s update list of the top 10 US SVOD services through to September 2020, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney-owned Hulu continue to make up the top […]

Starzplay launches on Roku devices in the UK and Mexico

Starzplay, the international streaming offering from Lionsgate-owned US pay TV outfit Starz, has launched on Roku streaming players and Roku TVs in the UK and Mexico. Would-be subscribers can sign up for a seven-day free trial before committing to a £4.99 monthly subscription in the UK. The service is priced at US$3.99 in Mexico. The […]

Starzplay launches as standalone service in UK, France, Germany, Brazil and Mexico

Lionsgate-backed cable channel Starz is rolling out a direct-to-consumer app in five countries, including the UK and France. The Starzplay app is also launching in Brazil, Germany and Mexico, and plans are in place to launch in 20 additional countries next year. To date, Starzplay has found distribution via platforms such as Apple TV and […]

Lionsgate ‘mulling Starz spin-off’ to reduce debt

Lionsgate is mulling spinning off premium cable offering Starz into a separate company as it looks to reduce its debt load.  According to The Wall Street Journal, a spin-off is among a number of options the studio is considering for the Outlander and American Gods channel, which it purchased for US$4.4 billion in 2016. Others include putting Starz up for […]

Lionsgate promotes Hirsch to president and CEO of Starz

Lionsgate has promoted Jeffrey Hirsch to the president and CEO of Starz, its premium cable and satellite television network and OTT. Starz currently has 24.7 million pay TV subscribers, and more than 4.4 million domestic OTT subscribers.  As CEO, Hirsch will shape the overall business and programming strategy for Starz and oversee the continued evolution […]

Starz to debut in Canada as Lionsgate ramps up integration and international expansion

Lionsgate-owned streaming service Starz is ramping up its international expansion effort with a launch in Canada, while Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer has promised closer integration between the studio and Starz to fuel the latter’s international growth, and an eventual breaking out of international subscriber information as a separate line in the company’s financials. Starz has […]

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