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Starz Issues Warning About Possible Loss of Channels

Oct 16, 2019  •  Post A Comment

Lionsgate-owned Starz, which is in a dispute with Comcast, issued an alert to Comcast Xfinity customers that they are apparently about to lose access to Starz, Starz Encore and 15 other premium channels in the Starz group.

If Comcast drops the Starz lineup, customers will lose access to exclusive series such as “Power,” “Outlander” and “Vida” along with a library of exclusive films.

“The simmering dispute has led to reports that Lionsgate is considering spinning off Starz, which it bought for $4.4 billion in 2016,” B&C reports, adding: “At the same time, Epix reached an agreement with Comcast to be included in Xfinity TV premium packages, apparently replacing Starz channels.”

Starz said in a statement: “Starz has been working diligently to reach a fair market distribution agreement with Comcast Xfinity in order to continue providing our shared customers with access to our acclaimed lineup of premium television content. However, months before our contract deadline and in spite of our best efforts to engage in meaningful discussions, Comcast has publicly stated their intention to drop our networks from all packages and bundles, ignoring industry precedent and demonstrating a total disregard for its customers, communities, suppliers and other stakeholders.”

Click here to read the full announcement from Starz.

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