Starz launches 14 channels on YouTube TV
Posted by WorldTimeNews on 17th September 2018

Starz is rolling out its 14 channels, including Starz, Starz Encore, and Starz Encore Westerns, to the Google-owned streaming service as an add-on that costs $9 per month.
The network joins YouTube TV’s other premium channel options, including Showtime, Shudder, Sundance Now, and Fox Soccer Plus.
Notably, HBO is not in that list – YouTube TV chose not to take all of Time Warner Broadcasting’s channels because it wanted to offer a slimmed down, more affordable live TV service.
So Time Warner chose to stop negotiating a deal for HBO, according to a report from Bloomberg.
But that could be good news for Starz, as the network will now be one of the few premium cable networks to target YouTube TV’s younger, millennial viewers who often aren’t signing up for pay TV in the first place.
Starz says its 14 Starz and Starz Encore channels are available as of today to YouTube TV subscribers, offering its full video-on-demand catalog of popular movies, exclusive documentaries, and Starz’ original programming.
The originals include shows like “Power,” “Vida,” “Counterpart,” “Outlander,” “American Gods,” “Sweetbitter,” “Black Sails,” “Party Down,” and others.
The channel has been available over-the-top via Starz’ own app since 2016 which works across devices , and is available on-demand via other services like Hulu and Amazon Channels.
Its live TV services are available on DirecTV Now and Sling TV, as well as on Amazon.
The add-ons can be found under the Settings screen on YouTube TV’s website.

Lionsgate touted the expanded availability of its Starz premium channel, which launched this morning on Amazon Prime in the United Kingdom and Germany and will come next month to YouTube TV in the U.S. Related Monica Raymund To Headline Starz’s Heroin Epidemic Drama Series ‘P-Town’ “This is another major step in rolling out Starz as a global consumer brand,” said Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer during a call today with investors. Feltheimer said Starz has more than doubled the number of streaming subscribers in the year, thanks in part to new programs. It also reduced online subscriber churn to its lowest level ever as data from the streaming business helps better target audiences. Overall subscriber numbers fell to 23.5 million, down about 700,000 from a year ago. “In spite of disruption in the traditional MVPD universe, the success of our Starz OTT offerings allowed us to grow overall Media Networks segment revenue by 5% last year, and we anticipate growth again this year,” Feltheimer said. Starzplay branded channels will bring Amazon Prime subscribers over 1,000 hours of premium Starz original series, Lionsgate shows like The Royals, Casual and Boss and blockbuster film franchises from Saw to The Hunger Games. Starz is offered as an add-on monthly subscription that costs 4.99 Euros. The Amazon launch is a milestone in Lionsgate’s plan to roll out the Starz brand in 15 territories over the next three years, Feltheimer said. Starz recently announced a deal with Bell Media to bring programming to Canada, with plans for a full over-the-top and linear rollouts slated for early next year. In the Middle East and North Africa, Starzplay Arabia venture is poised to cross the one million-subscriber mark, Feltheimer said. In the U.S., Starz renewed its distribution deal with Amazon. It also plans to next month on YouTube TV, bringing the full array of programming to consumers via their Smartphones, tablets, PCs and connected TVs, Feltheimer said. Come October, it’ll be offered on Hulu. “As our programming investment continues to bear fruit and as we roll out additional distribution partnerships, domestically and internationally, we’re locked and loaded for accelerated global expansion and overall subscriber growth in Fiscal `19,” Feltheimer said.

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