Starz, Comcast ink new carriage agreement

Wed, 06/30/2010 - 8:25am
Mike Robuck

Starz Entertainment and Comcast have renewed their vows with a new affiliation agreement that now includes online video offerings.

The carriage agreement allows Comcast to distribute Starz Entertainment's Starz, Encore and MoviePlex premium channels, as well as the related HD, on-demand, HD on-demand and related online services.

The new deal replaced the separate Encore and Starz agreements between the two companies. Financial terms of the multi-year agreement weren't available.

As part of the agreement, the companies have reached a long-term distribution agreement for Starz Entertainment's suite of authenticated online broadband product offerings.

Comcast's respective Starz and Encore subscribers receive Starz Online and Encore Online, each offering 300 movies and other episodes of original programming with approximately 80 percent in HD for Starz Online and 50 percent in HD for Encore Online.

MoviePlex Online, which is slated to launch later this summer, will have at least 120 additional unique movies and TV series episodes, with many in HD, and will offer additional monthly bonus selections.

"Comcast is pleased to continue its partnership with Starz Entertainment and bring the wide selection of exclusive movies and increasingly popular original content to our existing and prospective Starz, Encore and MoviePlex customers," said Matt Bond, executive vice president of content acquisition for Comcast. "Extending the broader relationship between the companies provides a great pipeline of commercial-free movies and original programming for years to come."

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