Advanced Television


Lionsgate: “Starz spin-off this summer”

Streaming service Starz will definitely be sold this summer, according to a statement from owners Lionsgate – with the financial and other considerations wrapping by the end of the year. Lionsgate acquired Starz in 2016 and paid some $4.4 billion (€4.09bn) at the time. “We are engaged in a robust and productive process with our […]

May 30, 2022By Chris Forrester

Canal+ eyes Starz stake

Canal+, the Vivendi-owned pay-TV business, is reportedly plotting a bid for a minority stake in Starz – the US premium channel known for shows including American Gods, Black Sails and Outlander – as it seeks to bolster its content library. The French group, controlled by billionaire Vincent Bolloré, has made moved to expand its pay-TV […]

May 6, 2022

Roku eyes Starz stake

Roku is reportedly considering taking a 20 per cent minority stake in Lionsgate Entertainment’s premium movie service Starz. Roku could team up with private equity operation Apollo Global Management for the acquisition, or potentially dip into its own $2 billion war chest to fund the move. A report from investment bank Berenberg says it believes […]

May 5, 2022By Chris Forrester

Report: Amazon Channels struggle in Europe

Despite being available in Europe for almost five years, Amazon Channels remains somewhat unknown in the European OTT landscape, suggests a report from Dataxis. Originally launched in May 2017 in the UK and Germany, the service experienced two waves of expansion across 2019 with France, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, and at the end of 2020 […]

April 12, 2022

FOX Nation to debut American History series hosted by Kelsey Grammer

FOX Nation will debut a new series hosted by actor, producer and director Kelsey Grammer titled Kelsey Grammer’s Historic Battles for America on May 1st, announced FOX Nation president Jason Klarman. In the programme, Grammer will take viewers on an inside look at eight key battles that left an indelible mark on this nation, spanning […]

April 6, 2022

Consortium takes control of Starzplay Arabia

E-Vision, from e& (previously known as Etisalat Group), and ADQ, an Abu Dhabi-based investment and holding company, have announced the signing of a binding agreement to acquire a majority equity stake of circa 57 per cent in Starzplay Arabia, an SVoD and streaming service provider in the Middle East and North Africa. The e& led […]

March 17, 2022

Study: International demand for diverse content

STARZ, in partnership with the Center for Scholars & Storytellers at UCLA, has published an international consumer survey examining consumer perceptions and demands for diverse, authentic and inclusive media representation. Among the top findings from the International Audiences Want to See More Diverse Representation On and Off Screen survey, results indicate that diversity on screen […]

March 17, 2022

Netherlands: Starzplay on Viaplay

Viaplay and Starz, a Lionsgate company, have agreed a long-term partnership that makes Viaplay a new home to streaming service Starzplay in the Netherlands. All new Starzplay Originals will be available through Viaplay as part of a regular subscription, along with Starzplay’s line-up of films and series from Lionsgate and other major Hollywood studios, when […]

February 25, 2022

STARZPLAY records fivefold growth in monthly subs base

STARZPLAY, the MENA SVoD service, has reported a fivefold increase in its number of monthly subscribers, driven by the addition of exciting new sports content. Average revenue per user has also increased by 30 per cent as they subscribe to more sports packages, particularly Premier Sports League (live rugby) and the ICC Men’s T20 World […]

February 24, 2022

Power Book IV: Force most-viewed Starz premiere ever

Starz Original Series Power Book IV: Force debuted as the most-watched premiere ever in Starz history with 3.3 Million multiplatform views in the US on one day (February 6th) alone, based on early reporting.For the second time in less than three months, Starz broke app viewership records on with the Power Book IV: Force premiere […]

February 11, 2022