AT&T U-verse Will Keep Seeing Starz


AT&T struck a multiyear extension of its affiliation agreement with Starz Entertainment for U-verse TV, covering linear, HD, on-demand and authenticated online services.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

AT&T signed its original distribution agreement with Starz in 2006. The telco signed a renewal with the premium programmer in March 2011, when it first became a TV Everywhere affiliate.

The latest deal encompasses 19 Starz Entertainment premium channels and feeds, including all 14 distinct Starz and Encore channels (including Encore Español), West Coast feeds of the flagship Starz and Encore channels, plus IndiePlex, RetroPlex and the recently launched MoviePlex.

The agreement also extends AT&T U-verse's offering of the Starz Online, Encore Online and the newly launched MoviePlex Online authenticated online advanced services for AT&T subscribers available to PCs, Macs, tablets and portable devices via U-verse TV, U-verse Online, and the U-verse Tablet and U-verse Mobile apps.

"Starz provides some of the highest-quality movie content on television, and AT&T is pleased to have reached an agreement to continue to offer their services to our subscribers across platforms," AT&T president of content Dan York said in a statement. "Our agreement with Starz helps us with important strategic content initiatives, and continues to give us more flexibility in the products and services we bring to our customers."

AT&T has done "a tremendous job in selling our premium services to U-verse subscribers," Starz executive vice president of sales and affiliate relations Ed Huguez added. "With such a robust multiplatform content offering, together we are in a strong position to drive further subscriber gains and increases in customer satisfaction."