Starz Signs Non-Netflix Streaming Deal in Latin America14 Nov, 2011 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Starz Media Worldwide Distribution Nov. 14 said it signed an agreement with Moviecity that enables subscribers of the Latin America-based pay-TV service (including Brazil) online streaming access to select Starz TV series and movies.
Starz Media, which includes Anchor Bay Entertainment, Anchor Bay Films, Film Roman and Manga Entertainment, also inked a distribution deal with Fox Latin American Channels, which distributes myriad Fox programming brands via cable and VOD access.
In addition to Starz Originals series such as “Spartacus: Blood and Sand,” and “Spartacus: Gods of the Arena," the deal includes new series “Magic City,” set in 1959 Miami Beach, and starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Olga Kurylenko, among others. “Magic City” bows on Starz in the United States next year.
Moviecity also operates Moviecity Play, an online subscription service that allows members to stream content (including select Starz Originals titles) on their computers and televisions, similar to a degree with Netflix.
Netflix, which recently launched streaming service in Latin America and Brazil, broke off renegotiations with Starz Entertainment on a streaming deal that included the entire Starz catalog and ends next February.
“We see Starz as one of the great premium programming providers in the world and will certainly be a powerhouse for series production in the future,” Moviecity CEO Edgar Spielmann said in a statement. “Moviecity looks to expand upon that success into Latin America — we saw this opportunity and we worked to make it happen.”