Starz Will Offer Eight Channels Via DirecTV Now At Launch

David Lieberman
Deadline

Starz says today that eight of its premium networks will be available to DirecTV Now customers when AT&T launches the $35 a month streaming service — expected later this month.

Additional Starz channels as well as its full VOD catalog with current and past episodes of original series will be added “at a later date,” the company says.

Starz “will be offered on this upcoming streaming platform with a great value for consumers,” COO Jeffrey Hirsch says. In addition to its original programming, the premium network will have Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Starz can offer Disney films released before the end of 2015; the studio’s more recent releases will appear on Netflix.

Starz CEO Chris Albrecht told analysts last month that his channels would be offered through DirecTV Now as part of a carriage deal AT&T made in September with Starz and Lionsgate, which is preparing to buy Starz.

When that deal closes, Lionsgate agreed to give AT&T either three annual bundles of stock each worth $16.67 million or, if the studio wants, the equivalent amount in cash.  If there’s a hitch then AT&T then would “have the option to terminate and renegotiate the multi-year extension arrangements with Starz,” according to an SEC filing.

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