Starz is coming to the UK. The US premium cable network has launched StarzPlay on this side of the pond via Amazon’s Prime Video Channels service, which allows consumers to subscribe to premium channels for £4.99 a month.
StarzPlay will be the exclusive UK home to Starz Originals Vida and Sweetbitter, which are available to stream as of today. Future Lionsgate owned Starz original series will also be available exclusively on StarzPlay on the same day they air state-side.
The launch of the service will have no impact on existing licensing agreements for Starz Originals. Amazon Prime Video UK and Channel 4 retain rights to Outlander (due in large part to the fact that international rights to that show are controlled by Sony), while Netflix UK retains first run rights to Power.
“Since launching Prime Video Channels in the UK and Germany a year ago, we continue to build on the selection of live and on demand TV channels for Prime members with over 120 channels across Europe, so it couldn’t be more fitting that today we celebrate by bringing customers StarzPlay,” said Alex Green, European MD of Channels and Sport at Amazon Prime Video. “It’s fantastic we can now offer Prime members in the UK and Germany even more choice and quality, with the wide range of Starz Originals, TV series and movies exclusively available on StarzPlay.”
“The launch of StarzPlay on Amazon in the UK and Germany marks a significant expansion of the Starz platform into the global market, providing an exciting opportunity for us to build on the success of our relationship with Amazon Prime Video Channels,” said Starz President and CEO Chris Albrecht. “These new channels allow us to extend the reach of our storytelling and bring the growing portfolio of Starz original series as well our extensive library of hit TV series and movies to a new audience.”