MSO to add 15 multiplex nets, more VOD, and online and mobile access to premium cabler’s content
Time Warner Cable inked an expanded, multiyear carriage pact with Starz that covers the premium cabler’s 15 multiplex nets, additional video-on-demand titles and rights to provide TV Everywhere access to programming online and via mobile devices.
Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.
Within the next month, Time Warner Cable subscribers will have access to Starz’s 12 multiplex networks plus the all-movie MoviePlex, RetroPlex and IndiePlex channels. That’s in addition to the flagship Starz and Encore channels.
The agreement also will let the cable operator offer access to Starz Play and Encore Play, the branded TV Everywhere services akin to HBO Go, stocked with thousands of hours of premium movies and original programming annually. The Play services are available for no extra charge to subscribers of the respective TV channels on PCs/Macs, iOS devices like iPhone and iPad, select Android devices and other mobile platforms.
Time Warner Cable is the fifth pay TV provider to take Starz’s TV Everywhere services, in addition to DirecTV, Cox Communications, Verizon FiOS and AT&T U-verse TV. Comcast and Dish Network have rights to Starz’s content through their own portals.
Pact also will bring Time Warner Cable expanded VOD services in many markets, such as bonus material for Starz original series including “Da Vinci’s Demons,” the upcoming second season of “Magic City” and “The White Queen” (which premieres Aug. 10). The ewxtra VOD content includes new movies such as “The Amazing Spider-Man,” “Men In Black 3,” “Brave” and “21 Jump Street,” plus past episodes of original series and hundreds of other movies.
“We are excited to provide our customers with access to these new innovative products and services through our agreement with Starz,” Susan Weinstein, Time Warner Cable’s group veep of content acquisition, said in a statement. “This is another example of our commitment to bring TV Everywhere to our customers.”