While Starz remains dark on Altice USA’s Optimum cable systems, the premium cable network has reached a new multi-year carriage deal with Verizon FiOS, Optimum’s rival in the New York metro area.
Last-minute negotiations over carriage rights for Starz and Encore on the Altice USA cable systems failed, resulting in the channels going dark as of the new year.
Starz, the pay-cable service that is part of Lionsgate Entertainment, released a report suggesting AT&T might push customers to HBO over competitors like Starz. AT&T dismissed the claims. “This conclusion doesn’t square with the facts,” the telecommunications company said in a statement.
Starz said its app now works on select Samsung smart TVs, a move by the media company to further expand the reach of its direct-to-consumer programming. The news comes just a few months after Starz launched its app on Amazon Fire TV.
Apple isn’t done trying to sell you pay TV. Here’s the company’s latest proposal: It wants to sell consumers a premium TV bundle that combines HBO, Showtime and Starz. Apple already sells each of those channels individually. But it has approached the three networks about rolling them up into a single package, as conventional pay TV operators sometimes do.
With Sinclair Broadcast Group’s blackout of two ABC affiliates on Frontier Communications in Seattle and Portland reaching the one-month mark, Frontier has begun offering free access to premium channels HBO, Showtime and Starz to affected customers.
Starz Cief Operating Officer Jeffrey Hirsch has signed a renewed agreement that will keep him at the network until December 2020.
Starz moved a step closer to merging with Lionsgate as the premium network company’s shareholders voted overwhelmingly to support the agreement to sell itself to the studio for $4.4 billion cash and stock.
Starz says today that eight of its premium networks will be available to DirecTV Now customers when AT&T launches the $35 a month streaming service — expected later this month. Additional Starz channels as well as its full VOD catalog with current and past episodes of original series will be added later..
Starz Entertainment confirmed Thursday that it laid off about 50 workers due to a reorganization that began last spring. But the job cuts have nothing to do with the cable channel’s pending $4.4 billion merger with Lionsgate Entertainment. Instead, they stem from Starz rebranding the Encore channels into Starz Encore in April. The jobs affected were in creative departments.
“I was part of the team that invented how to campaign for Emmy awards,” Starz CEO Chris Albrecht told TV writers Monday at the Television Critics Association meeting. “Trust me, it’s not a level playing field. I spent years inside the TV Academy, working it. It took a lot of money, and there’s a certain momentum that goes along with that.”
For Starz, the long road to its $4.4 billion sale to Lionsgate this week began on Jan. 14, 2013, the day its stock began trading as a standalone entity spun off from Liberty Media.
Lionsgate’s deal for premium cable network Starz is a combination of cash and stock totaling $4.4 billion. The combined company will encompass: a 16,000-title film and TV library; the largest independent TV business in the world, including 87 original series on 42 U.S. networks; a feature film business that has generated over $7 billion at the global box office over the past four years; operation of or investment in 30 channel platforms around the world, including the flagship Starz platform reaching 24 million U.S. subs, the Starz Encore network with five OTT services; and a growing presence in location-based entertainment and video games.
Starz President Glenn Curtis will retire from the company effective July 1. Curtis is a longtime Starz veteran, having spent more than 20 years at the company.
Starz is the latest premium TV network to introduce an app that bypasses cable packages and lets viewers stream television shows and movies directly.
Could CBS, which owns pay cable network Showtime, add another premium cable player, Starz, to its portfolio? Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva hears that CBS has been kicking the tires on acquiring Starz, one of several content companies CBS had expressed interest in. Details are scarce, but Andreeva reports what has been discussed is a possible stock deal close to the current Starz stock price (it closed Monday at $28.25 per share). It is unclear how far the conversations have progressed.
Lionsgate has made a formal overture to Starz to initiate acquisition talks, a year after the companies were brought together by investor John Malone. Starz said in a regulatory filing Thursday that Lionsgate has advised that it “intends to explore whether there is a potential mutually beneficial combination of the two companies.”
After previously insisting that it was “far away” from developing a stand-alone service to reach viewers without a cable subscription, Starz has reversed course. The premium cable network is now following HBO and Showtime’s lead in preparing its own OTT app.
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is beefing up Prime by letting customers of the $99-a-year loyalty service buy access to the premium TV channels Showtime and Starz. Those channels will each cost an additional $9 a month. Amazon will handle billing for them and some other streaming services it’s partnering with. Amazon’s move comes as […]
The same day that the premium cabler revealed 3Q numbers below expectations, Starz has been hit with a wide-ranging and potentially explosive multi-claim lawsuit by its former SVP of Sales and Affiliate Marketing Keno V. Thomas. Pink slipped a year ago by Starz after a decade at the cable net, Thomas’ unspecified but sprawling damages and jury trial seeking wrongful termination and retaliation complaint alleges all sorts of shell games and scams by Starz.
It’s starting to feel inevitable that Lionsgate and the Starz premium cable channels will merge operations, brought together by the command bond of investor John Malone. But how quickly the companies will tie the knot is still the subject of much speculation. The Los Angeles Times reported Monday that the two entities were in advanced merger talks. That was downplayed by insiders at both companies and a senior Lionsgate investor, all of whom acknowledge that the concept of merging has been discussed in abstract but disputed that talks to unite the companies are under way.
AMC Networks Inc., the cable network operator that owns shows including The Walking Dead, is back in talks to acquire billionaire John Malone’s Starz, another TV programmer, according to people familiar with the matter. The preliminary discussions may not result in an acquisition, said the people, who asked not to be named because the information is private. Malone is the largest individual investor in Starz, according to company filings.