Starz Plays with Fire

Premium Programmer’s TV Everywhere Apps Connect to the Kindle Tablet Line

Starz’s trio of TV Everywhere apps are on Fire – the Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD tablets, that is.

The premium programmer announced Tuesday that it has released versions of its three authenticated apps – Starz Play, Encore Play and MoviePlex Play – for Amazon's latest line of connected, color tablets. That follows last week’s debut to a handful of other Android-powered devices (the Nook HD and HD+ and select Google Nexus tablets).  Starz also supports apps on Apple iOS devices and PC browsers, and expects to add more devices and apps to the list later this year.

Four pay TV operators – AT&T U-verse, Cox Communications, DirecTV and Verizon FiOS TV – offer access to any of the Starz Play apps, though Starz likewise expects to sign on more distributors later this year. Comcast is expected to support Play this year, but, for now, it provides access to TV Everywhere fare from Starz via the MSO's Web portal and Xfinity TV Player app.

Combined, the three Starz apps offer access to about 1,500 titles from the premium programmer's stable – 400 per month from Starz Play, 900 from Encore Play, and 200 from MoviePlex Play.

Starz wasn’t the only pay TV company dealing with ‘roid rage Tuesday.  Time Warner Cable officially launched its update for Android devices that provides in-home access to more than 4,000 hours of video on demand content, and more than 1,100 hours of VoD and up to 10 linear, live TV feeds, when customers are on the go and connected to Wi-Fi.  TWC announced the coming Android upgrade last week.

The MSO also offers versions of the TWC TV App on iOS, PCs and Macs, at, and on Roku boxes.