It was an active first quarter for SVOD launches, with NBCUniversal hoisting comedy platform Seeso, Sony expanding and improving on its PlayStation Vue live-streaming service, and Starz finally following chief rivals HBO and Showtime into the direct-to-consumer market.
Comcast has confirmed that it won't allow its subscribers to perform TV Everywhere authentication with the new Starz streaming app.
No. 2 premium cable network Starz will launch an $8.99 direct-to-consumer service, usable on Apple and Google mobile and OTT devices, the company said.
As Starz CEO Chris Albrecht hinted during the company's fourth quarter earnings call in February, Starz is creating a new master brand by changing the name of Encore to Starz Encore starting April 5.
After previously insisting that it has had no discussions about going direct-to-consumer, Starz now said it is about to complete agreements to distribute its offerings outside the pay-TV ecosystem.
According to a fiery new lawsuit by a former employee, Starz allegedly asked DirecTV, Comcast and Liberty Media to "fabricate revenue and subscriber information" and to engage in other "malicious, fraudulent and/or oppressive" conduct.
Starz is reportedly back in merger talks with Lionsgate, with the two John Malone-backed media companies continuing to seek bulk and scale amid a consolidating pay-TV market. According to multiple...
Amid a consolidating pay-TV operator landscape, two of the programming industry's smaller fish are back in talks about joining forces.
Recruiting executive talent as it prepares to push out a new pay-TV user interface to most of its footprint in 2015, Charter Communications announced the hiring of former Starz exec Jodi Robinson as senior VP, user experience design and development.
Already set to roll out an online SVOD service in select international markets, premium cable network Starz is strongly considering doing the same in the United States.