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Verizon and Starz Ink Carriage Agreement

Apr 14, 2005  •  Post A Comment

Telecommunications giant Verizon Communications on Thursday struck a carriage agreement with Starz Entertainment Group to offer Starz channels on the phone company’s new video service Verizon Fios, which will be rolled out later this year. It marks the first carriage agreement Verizon has inked with a premium pay-TV provider, Verizon said.

As part of the agreement, Verizon will receive East Coast and West Coast feeds for all 13 Starz movie channels, and Verizon will offer Starz On Demand, featuring more than 100 movies a month. No financial terms were disclosed.

In December, Verizon reached an agreement with Discovery Communications to offer Discovery’s 14 U.S.-based cable networks on the video service.

Both Verizon and SBC Communications are spending billions to introduce a video service that competes with cable operators, which are now offering telephone service in addition to video and high-speed data.

Fellow telco BellSouth is also moving toward offering a similar video service, but has been less forthcoming in detailing its plans.