Immerses Music and Soundtracks into Premium Video Experience for
STARZ Original Series and the Largest Premium Pay TV Movie Library
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Starz and Spotify, the leading music streaming service, announced plans
to launch the first-ever streaming music integration into the STARZ
premium video streaming service app. Starz launched an upgraded version
of its free STARZ app that immerses the Spotify music experience into
its premium video experience for STARZ Original series and other STARZ
premium movie and television content.
STARZ app subscribers will have access to a wide range of songs and
soundtracks from hit TV shows including “Power” which features music
from executive producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, “Outlander” from Emmy®-winning
composer Bear McCreary (“The Walking Dead,” “Battlestar Galactica”) and
movies from the largest premium pay TV movie library, including Star
Wars: The Force Awakens, Annie and Disney’s Inside Out.
Spotify Premium users will be able to login and listen to full tracks
while Free users can listen to 30-second track previews. All users can
also save and follow Spotify playlists from within the Starz app.
Customized STARZ video recommendations will also be provided to Spotify
users on the STARZ app based on their Spotify listening habits, exposing
them to the depth and breadth of the STARZ library and bridging the gap
between the entertainment genres.
“Starz is thrilled to share plans to soon integrate Spotify’s
industry-leading streaming audio capabilities into the STARZ app,” said
Jeffrey Hirsch, Chief Operating Officer at Starz. “Spotify integration
will complement and fortify the STARZ app’s appeal for distributors and
consumers alike. Boasting great premium content, download capabilities,
and wide availability for free use by participating cable, satellite and
telco providers and a low monthly price of just $8.99 for direct
subscriptions, the STARZ app has burst onto the OTT landscape, quickly
become a leading player in the space.”
The STARZ App is a single destination for all subscribers who want to
stream or download STARZ premium content. Its intuitive content
discovery design and navigation offers ease of use and a compelling user
experience, regardless of how the consumer purchased a subscription to
STARZ. Subscribers to the STARZ sister networks, STARZ ENCORE and
MOVIEPLEX, also use this single destination app for access to stream.
For $8.99 per month with a 7-day free trial for new subscribers, fans
now have the opportunity to enjoy instant access to more than 3,500
selections each month, including STARZ hit series ranging from
“Outlander,” “Power” and the upcoming “American Gods” and other TV
content, to Hollywood hits and popular movies including Star Wars:
The Force Awakens and Avengers: Age of Ultron.
STARZ subscribers from participating cable, satellite and telco partners
can also authenticate and view STARZ content in the new, easy-to-use
app. Users can authenticate to STARZ directly in-app or on their PC/Mac
and watch every episode of every season of the best of STARZ’s original
programming, as well as the biggest, most extensive movie library of all
the premium subscription networks in the U.S.*
STARZ Originals in 2016 include “Outlander, “Power,” “Black Sails,” “The
Girlfriend Experience,” “Survivor’s Remorse,” “Blunt Talk,” and “Ash vs
Evil Dead,” and the first STARZ Original movie, The Dresser.
Exclusive hit movies on STARZ in 2016 include: Avengers: Age of
Ultron, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Inside Out, Pixels, Concussion,
The Good Dinosaur, Ricki and the Flash, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2,
Cinderella, Tomorrowland, The Wedding Ringer and Ant-Man.
Popular movie and television programming on the new STARZ ENCORE
includes: The Equalizer, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,
Signs, Never Been Kissed, Dances With Wolves, Gone Baby Gone, There’s
Something About Mary, Spider-Man 3, Out of Sight, Total Recall, Steel
Magnolias, “Magnum, P.I.,” “Diff’rent Strokes,” “The Jeffersons,”
Starz (NASDAQ: STRZA, STRZB) is a leading integrated global media and
entertainment company with operating units that provide premium
subscription video programming on domestic U.S. pay television networks
(Starz Networks) and global content distribution (Starz Distribution), www.starz.com.
The Starz Networks operating unit is home to the flagship STARZ®
brand with 24.5 million subscribers in the United States as of September
30, 2016, with the STARZ ENCORESM network at 31.5 million
subscribers. Through STARZ, the company provides high quality,
entertaining premium subscription video programming with 17 premium pay
TV channels and associated on-demand and online services. STARZ is sold
through U.S. multichannel video distributors, including cable operators,
satellite television providers, telecommunications companies, and other
online and digital platforms. Starz offers subscribers more than 5,000
distinct premium television episodes and feature films every year and up
to 1,500 every month, including STARZ Original series, first-run movies
and other popular movie and television programming. The Starz
Distribution operating unit is home to the Anchor Bay Entertainment,
Starz Digital, and Starz Worldwide Distribution divisions. In addition
to STARZ Original series, Starz Distribution develops, produces and
acquires movies, television and other entertainment content for
worldwide home video, digital, and television licensing and sales.
*source: Starz internal analysis of distinct movie title data for the