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Starz, DirecTV Ink Multiplatform Distribution Extension, Including Authentication Rights

4/16/2012 9:52 AM Eastern

Starz Entertainment and DirecTV have entered into a multiplatform distribution renewal that will enable the DBS provider to fuel its "TV Everywhere" service.
The extension, financial terms of which were not disclosed, allows for DirecTV to continue to offer the Starz Entertainment suite of linear premium services in standard and high-definition, as well as through on-demand platforms.
Moreover, the nation's second-largest distributor has secured the rights to offer Starz Online and Encore Online services on its DirecTV Everywhere service, which is currently in beta, for its authenticatedStarz Super Pack subscribers. The agreement also facilitates DirecTV's launch of Movieplex, Indieplex and Retroplex and the related Movieplex On Demand and Movieplex Online service on DirecTV Everywhere.
DirecTV offers 15 Starz and Encore channel, with eight in HD for its Starz Super Pack subscribers, in addition to the Starz On Demand and Encore On Demand services. DirecTV's Starz On Demand and Encore On Demand services and Starz Online and Encore Online on DirecTV Everywhere -- offer about 600 top movies, originals, and TV programming per month. The Movieplex on-demand and online services will add about an additional 200 titles after its launch.
"We are pleased that the Starz and Encore premium channels and service are a part of our DirecTV Everywhere platform" said Derek Chang, executive vice president, Content Strategy and Development, DirecTV in announcing the renewal. "Providing our Starz Super Pack subscribers with online access to their subscription content from Starz through DirecTV Everywhere later this year will bring even more value to our customers."
Noted Ed Huguez, president of affiliate distribution for Starz Entertainment: DirecTV and Starz have a long, symbiotic relationship going back to the early 1990s, and I am very pleased that we are able to extend and expand our existing business relationship.With great movies, Spartacus and Magic City, the value proposition for subscribing to our multi-platform premium programming has never been better."

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