Starz Xfinity Agreement

Starz Xfinity Agreement

A new Comcast transport agreement for Starz also eliminates a major roadblock for Lionsgate, as the Premium Channel turns to A-card online and international subscribers in the era of cord cutting. The latest pact was preceded by Comcast`s warning to Xfinity customers that they would lose access to new episodes of hit shows such as Power, Outlander and Vida, epix`s rival service having been traded for its premium offerings. In addition to the pay-TV agreement, a content agreement was also announced between Starz`s mother, Lionsgate, and NBCUniversal Comcasts. In this pact, Lionsgate Library programs will go to NBCU`s next Peacock streaming service, with the NBCU rate being broadcast on StarzPlay. Comcast Corp. and Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., the owner of the Premium Starz cable chain, have reached a new distribution agreement for the network after months of tense negotiations. The companies did not disclose the financial terms of the agreement. They also didn`t say when Starz would be removed from the packages or how much Comcast customers will charge to subscribe directly to Starz, which offers popular shows like Outlander and Power. When the agreement was announced, Comcast and Starz referred only to the postponement and found that the agreement allowed the parties to find “a way to move on to a pay-per-view business.” As part of the agreement, the flagship Starz channel, on-demand content as well as Encore, Encore Westerns, Encore Black- and Encore Action channels will be available to Xfinity TV customers and on Flex, the streaming aggregation unit similar to Comcasts Roku. The relationship between Comcast and Starz has long been on the verge of division. Last year, the two companies struggled to secure a fair market agreement that would allow Comcast to continue offering Starz programming to customers as part of its cable packages.

On February 11, this separation will be official after Comcast announced a new program agreement with Starz. The deal announced Monday will avoid a Starz blackout on December 31, when its current contract expires, while Starz content from Comcasts Xfinity packages will be converted into an a la carte offer. The deal also allows NBCUniversal to make movies and shows from Lionsgate, Starz`s parent company, on its next streaming service Peacock. NBCUniversal will also license starz for domestic use and on its international streaming service. The financial terms of the agreement between Comcast NBCUniversal and Starz were not disclosed. For customers who currently pay for premium packages, the agreement means that at some point they will have to pay more to observe Starz. Changes like this are not new to cable subscribers, as they have long been subject to temporary power outages when cable companies and networks/studios have had difficulty reaching agreements in the past. As a result, Comcast and CBS were close to ending their partnership because they failed to reach an agreement in 2010. The way things have changed in a decade.

At the end of the day, those who suffer the consequences of these failures are customers.


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