Starz Will Offer Eight Channels Via DirecTV Now At Launch


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 “at a later date,” the company says.

Starz “will be offered on this upcoming streaming platform with a great value for consumers,” COO Jeffrey Hirsch says. In addition to its original programming, the premium network will have Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Starz can offer Disney films released before the end of 2015; the studio’s more recent releases will appear on Netflix.

Starz CEO Chris Albrecht told analysts last month that his channels would be offered through DirecTV Now as part of a carriage deal AT&T made in September with Starz and Lionsgate, which is preparing to buy Starz.

When that deal closes, Lionsgate agreed to give AT&T either three annual bundles of stock each worth $16.67 million or, if the studio wants, the equivalent amount in cash.  If there’s a hitch then AT&T then would “have the option to terminate and renegotiate the multi-year extension arrangements with Starz,” according to an SEC filing.

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