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via press release:

STARZ PLAY LAUNCHES ON THE ROKU PLATFORM

 

“Blunt Talk” and Other Hit STARZ Original Series and First-Run Movies

Now Available On Roku Players And Roku TV Models

 

Beverly Hills, Calif., September 1, 2015Starz announced today that STARZ PLAY, the authenticated online TV Everywhere service for STARZ premium subscribers, has launched on the Roku® platform. STARZ subscribers may now watch exclusive STARZ Original series including “Blunt Talk,” “Survivor’s Remorse” and “Power,” among others, as well as hundreds of movies and first-run films on Roku Players and Roku TV™ models.

The launch marks STARZ PLAY’s most recent successful deployment for the STARZ TV Everywhere service and another extension that brings the popular app and experience directly to the television, offering viewing flexibility for its subscribers.

 

 

STARZ PLAY, available to Roku customers as an authenticated TV Everywhere service for STARZ premium subscribers, offers exclusive STARZ Original series including “Blunt Talk,” Survivor’s Remorse” and “Outlander,” among others; and first-run films from Disney (Big Hero 6, Maleficent, Into the Woods, Muppets Most Wanted); Sony (The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Equalizer, The Wedding Ringer, Fury, Annie); and other Hollywood studios.

 

Roku customers can find STARZ PLAY in the Movies & TV category within the Roku Channel Store.

 

“Starz is pleased to launch STARZ PLAY on Roku devices, expanding the reach of STARZ PLAY to millions of Roku customers,” said Scott Barton, Senior Vice President of Branded Digital Content and Products for Starz. “The Roku platform is a significant addition for our TV Everywhere service and we’re proud to give subscribers another option to watch our critically-acclaimed STARZ Original series and premium movies.”

 

STARZ PLAY device support is available on a wide array of platforms for displays big and small including the Roku Platform, Amazon Fire TV & Fire TV Stick, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Chromecast for TV viewing, PCs/Macs, and personal devices including iPhone, iPad & iPod touch and several Android handsets, tablets and other platforms including Fire HD tablets, NOOK HD, NOOK HD+ and select Google Nexus devices including the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10. For a complete list of supported devices, please visit assets.starzplay.com/devices

 

About the PLAY Services

STARZ PLAY offers more than 500 monthly selections, including more than 200 exclusive STARZ Original series, including “Blunt Talk,” “Survivor’s Remorse,” “Power,” “Outlander,” “Black Sails,” and “Da Vinci’s Demons,” among others; as well as more than 300 first-run films from Disney, Sony and other Hollywood studios. ENCORE PLAY offers hundreds of favorites, including current and classic movies and select series (Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Die Hard, “Diff’rent Strokes,” “Magnum, P.I.”).In addition, MOVIEPLEX PLAY also offers additional movies (Rain Man, My Girl, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, A River Runs Through It, The Big Chill) every month.

 

With simple and intuitive layouts and designs, the STARZ PLAY, ENCORE PLAY and MOVIEPLEX PLAY applications offer fun and easy ways to enjoy the wide range of premium content offered on the STARZ, ENCORE and MOVIEPLEX channels and services.

 

Family members can “PLAY” everything from hit movies, to the epic tale of “Outlander,” and the breakout series “Power” on their smart phones, tablets, laptops and supported connected TV devices. Playlist functionality allows the user to add movies or series to their Play List to watch later or seamlessly pick up from where they left off in watching a great movie or TV show on any registered device in the account. Additionally, STARZ PLAY subscribers can view a live stream of the STARZ premium channel on any PC or Mac.

 

Provided at no additional monthly charge, the three authenticated online PLAY services provide a suite of easy-to-use, online viewing options for STARZ, ENCORE and MOVIEPLEX subscribers to enjoy the quality original programming and commercial-free movies offered on the respective STARZ, ENCORE and MOVIEPLEX services.

STARZ PLAY, ENCORE PLAY and MOVIEPLEX PLAY are accessible through 3G/4G cellular, Wi-Fi, and broadband connections. The PLAY services have a recommended minimum required bandwidth of 1Mbps, and a minimum 2.5Mbps for an optimal viewing experience. The STARZ PLAY, ENCORE PLAY and MOVIEPLEX PLAY PC/Mac® interfaces are available at www.starzplay.com, www.encoreplay.com, and www.movieplexplay.com respectively. 

 

About Starz

Starz (NASDAQ: STRZA, STRZB) is a leading integrated global media and entertainment company with operating units that provide premium subscription video programming on domestic U.S. pay television channels (Starz Networks), global content distribution (Starz Distribution) and animated television and movie production (Starz Animation), www.starz.com.

 

Starz Networks is a leading provider of premium subscription video programming through the flagship STARZ® and ENCORE® pay TV networks which showcase premium original programming and movies to U.S. multichannel video distributors, including cable operators, satellite television providers, and telecommunications companies.  As of June 30, 2015, STARZ and ENCORE serve a combined 56.8 million subscribers, including 23.5 million at STARZ, and 33.3 million at ENCORE, making them the largest pair of premium flagship channels in the U.S.  STARZ® and ENCORE®, along with Starz Networks’ third network MOVIEPLEX®, air more than 1,000 movies monthly across 17 linear networks, complemented by On Demand and authenticated online offerings through STARZ PLAY, ENCORE PLAY, and MOVIEPLEX PLAY. Starz Distribution develops, produces and acquires entertainment content, distributing it to consumers globally on DVD, digital formats and traditional television.  Starz Distribution’s home video, digital media and worldwide distribution business units distribute original programming content produced by Starz, as well as entertainment content for itself and third parties.  Starz Animation produces animated TV and movie content for studios, networks, distributors and audiences worldwide.

 

 

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Posted by:Steve Baron

VP/Digital for TV station ownership group; Dad to young twins, runner, skier & spend a lot of times in airplanes.

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