New Starz-NCTC deal includes HD
Starz Encore Group LLC has inked a carriage deal with The National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) that will make two new networks — Starz! Kids and Starz! HD — available to the co-op's membership.
NCTC presently represents cable MSOs that serve a combined 6,500 systems and 15 million customers. Starz Encore will launch the new channels on Dec. 2.
Starz HD, a high-definition version of the premium programmer's flagship Starz! channel, will offer content in 1080i format and Dolby Digital 5.1 sound. Starz! Kids will offer films such as Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc. and The Lizzie McGuire Movie.