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Verizon Gets Starz Streaming Services

25 Feb, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel

FiOS TV subs get streaming access to Sony Pictures and Disney movies

Verizon Communications Feb. 25 said it signed a deal with Starz LLC enabling subscribers of the former’s FiOS TV service to stream movies and TV shows on demand over the Internet.

FiOS TV is Verizon’s fiber-optic multichannel video distributor with more than 4.5 million subscribers.

Starz, which just separated its premium TV service from Liberty Media Group, said FiOS TV subs will have access to Starz Play and Encore Play. Starz Play offers about 400 titles monthly, including 300 movies from Walt Disney Studios (Brave, The Muppets) and Sony Pictures Entertainment (The Amazing Spider-Man, Men in Black 3), among other studios, and 100 episodes of original series, "Spartacus," "Magic City" and "Da Vinci's Demons" starting in April. 

Encore Play offers about 900 catalog titles monthly, including 300 movies and select series (Cars 2, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, "Titanic: Blood and Steel").

Starz, which has pay-TV distribution rights to Disney movies through 2016 (Netflix takes over thereafter), recently re-upped its license agreement with Sony Pictures through 2021.

Starz Play and Encore Play apps for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch are available as free downloads from the App Store. Separate PC and Mac interfaces are available at www.starzplay.comand and www.encoreplay.com. Verizon's FiOS TV customers also can access the online programming at www.verizon.com/tvonline. Cellular connectivity and support for Android phones and tablets, and gaming consoles are expected to launch in the future.

"Complimentary portable and online viewing of premium content is a great way to increase the value of our customers' subscriptions and we are very pleased to work with Starz to help deliver the best value for our FiOS customers,” Terry Denson, VP of content strategy and acquisition for Verizon, said in a statement.

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