Starz to Shutter Vongo Broadband Movie Service

Aug 12, 2008  •  Post A Comment

Starz is shutting down its broadband video movie subscription service by the end of September, the company announced in a post on its site (www.vongo.com) this morning. The cable channel stopped accepting new customers as of Aug. 1 and said current customers can use the service until Sept. 30.
Vongo offered unlimited downloading of recent movies for $9.99 per month.
On its site, Starz directs visitors to the Starz Play service, available in Verizon TV homes, as a means to watch Starz movies via download. The Starz Play service is essentially a “white-label” version of the movie download service, but specifically for Verizon.
Starz said it will focus on delivering Starz Play now as a service in tandem with its cable operators and telco partners, rather than running its own site. This likely will make its cable and satellite partners happier.
In addition, Starz has not released numbers on the service, but it’s widely believed that Starz did not have a significant number of customers for the service.
Vongo was launched in 2006.


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