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Starz

Hollie Shuttlewood  Nov 21, 2018
Intro
Cable TV network Starz offers an over-the-top subscription service that lets users stream content from its vast library of films and TV series. Starz is one of the largest and most popular cable and satellite TV networks in the U.S. and is known for featuring theatrically released films and original television series. The streaming service can be purchased through the App Store, Google Play, Roku, or as an add-on to third-party streaming services such as Amazon Prime.
Best For
Streaming niche content from Starz’s extensive video library, including Starz Original series, films for young adults, hits from black and urban cinema, and the complete original Star Trek film series.
Pros
  • Only place to access Starz’s entire library of films and television series
  • Includes offline viewing and storage
  • Available on Amazon Prime
Cons
  • No live TV, although shows are uploaded fairly soon after being broadcast on Starz TV channel.
  • No sports
Networks You Can Watch with Starz
Starz’s streaming app gives subscribers access to films and programs from the Starz group of channels, including:
  • Starz flagship channel
  • Starz Cinema, including independent releases and arthouse films
  • Starz Comedy, including rom-coms and other comedic dramas
  • Starz Edge, with films for young adults
  • Starz in Black, including hits from black and urban cinema
  • Starz Kids & Family, featuring ad-free family films for kids, teens, and the whole family
Top Programs on Starz
Starz has been putting out popular TV series since it launched on cable back in the 1990s. Following are some of the best television programs users can stream through Starz. New episodes from current seasons of Starz Original are available on the app on the same day as they air on the Starz cable channel.
  • American Gods
  • Black Sails
  • Counterpart
  • Gravity
  • Magic City
  • Outlander
  • Power
  • Spartacus
  • The Girlfriend Experience
  • The Missing
  • Vida
In addition, Starz brings out many theatrical-release motion pictures fresh out of the cinema. It offers a catalog of hundreds (if not thousands, we lost count) of films on demand through its streaming app. Here are some of the highlights:
  • Coming to America
  • Eat Pray Love
  • Frozen
  • Grease
  • Home Alone & Home Alone 2
  • Saving Private Ryan
  • Star Trek (complete original series)
  • The Karate Kid
  • The First Wives Club
  • The Producers
Price
Package Starz app Amazon Prime
Description Starz’s dedicated over-the-top streaming app Purchase Starz add-on through Amazon Prime to get access to all the same content offered on the Starz app
Price $8.99 / month after 7-day trial $8.99 / month after 7-day trial
Cancel anytime V V
Unlimited streaming V V
Multiple devices V V
Starz offers one package: a dedicated app that gives subscribers access to its huge library of Starz Original series, plus thousands of other films, documentaries, stand-up, and specials. It offers a 7-day free trial. When we last checked, it was offering a reduced price of $5 / month for the first 3 months. You don’t have to be a Starz cable subscriber to sign up for the app. Just download the Starz app through the App Store, Google Play, or Roku and subscribe. Subscribers can use their account to stream on up to 4 devices simultaneously, making it suitable for families.
Alternatively, Amazon Prime subscribers can purchase Starz as an add-on to their Amazon Channels for the same price as a regular Starz subscription. Amazon Prime’s Starz channel is more or less the same thing as the Starz app, offering access to thousands of hours of exclusive content from Starz’s large library of series and films.
How it Works: Hardware and Devices
The Starz app works across about as wide a range of devices as you could possibly hope for. There’s no need for any hardware or installations. Just subscribe through Apple, Google Play, or Roku, and connect to any of these supported devices, game consoles, or media players.
  • Chromecast
  • Airplay
  • iPhone, iPad, & iPod (iOS 8.1 or greater)
  • Amazon Kindle Fire Tablets (OS 5 or greater)
  • Amazon Kindle Fire Phones (all)
  • Android (Most devices running Android 4.1 or greater)
  • Apple TV (3rd generation or 4th generation, running tvOS 9 or newer)
  • Amazon Fire TV and Fire Stick
  • Android TV
  • Nexus Player
  • NVIDIA Shield
  • Razer Forge
  • Roku (2nd Generation)
  • Roku Stick
  • Xbox One and One S
  • Sony TVs (selected models with Android 5 or greater)
  • Samsung Smart TVs (selected models with Smart Hub)
  • LG TVs (WebOS 3.0 or higher)
  • Microsoft Windows 8 or newer
  • Apple OSX 10.5.7 or newer
Cloud Storage
Starz was one of the first TV streaming services to enable users to download and view programs offline. Most movies and series are available for offline viewing, but with certain restrictions:
  • Downloading is only available on select iOS and Android devices
  • A minority of selected titles are not available for download
  • Titles will be auto deleted 2 weeks after download
  • Titles will be auto deleted if the title’s license expires
Regional restrictions
Starz and the Starz app are only available in the U.S. and its territories (although many of its original series are broadcast through partnering cable channels around the world). To our knowledge, there aren’t any regional restrictions within the United States.
Customer service
New and existing subscribers can contact customer service using the Contact Us form at the bottom of the Starz website home page or by calling the team on their toll-free number at 855-247-9175.
Summary
Starz has been producing quality television series and broadcasting popular theatrically released films for more than 20 years. Thanks to its over-the-top streaming app, users can now select programs on demand from Starz’s huge video library without ever needing a cable subscription. Starz’s streaming service is one of the most comprehensive on the market, including features like offline viewing, multiple devices, and uploads of new series within 24 hours of being aired on Starz.
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