Sling TV Adds Starz8 Sep, 2016 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Dish Network-owned skinny bundle offers Starz OTT for $9 featuring 2,900 on-demand titles, including the Sept. 10 broadcast premiere of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’
Sling TV Sept. 8 announced it is making available Starz OTT, the $9 subscription-streaming app featuring access to the pay-TV channel’s studio (Disney, Sony) movies and original TV shows.
Available to Sling Orange ($20) and Sling Blue ($25) subs, Starz is free until Sept. 14, and $9 monthly thereafter. Notably, Sling subs will have access to the Sept. 10 broadcast (9 p.m. ET) premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
“The addition of Starz and Starz Encore’s extensive movie library and original programming like ‘Power’ and ‘Outlander’ makes Sling TV an even more attractive option for movie buffs and TV lovers,” Glenn Eisen, CMO of Sling TV, said in a statement.
Recently acquired for $4.4 billion by Lionsgate, Starz has aggressively sought to supplement its Starz, Starz Encore and MoviePlex premium TV units with streaming video access.
Starz OTT launched last year as a standalone app, and is available via Amazon Prime’s subscription streaming partners platform.
“Starz is proud to … offer a new way of delivering accessibility to our quality premium pay-TV programming outside of the traditional pay-TV bundle,” said COO Jeffrey Hirsch. “In addition to original programming and exclusive first-run feature films, there is a great depth and breadth to the content offerings, which we can showcase on the emerging Sling TV platform.”
Launched in 2015 as the first online TV service, Sling TV offers two streaming services, which collectively include more than 100 channels and programming content from Disney/ESPN (Sling Orange only), Fox (Sling Blue only), NBC (Sling Blue only), Pac-12 Networks, HBO, Starz, AMC, A&E, Turner, Scripps, Viacom, Epix and Univision.
Additionally, Sling TV offers a suite of standalone and add-on Spanish-language programming packages tailored to English, bilingual and Spanish U.S. households. Sling International currently provides more than 250 channels in 20 languages across multiple devices to U.S. households.