Following the lead of HBO and Showtime, Starz is now offering a standalone streaming package, for $8.99 a month.
Starz is making quite a splash this week. Not only did the premium network unveil an $8.99 a month streaming package — no cable required — but it’s also allowing its streaming subscribers to watch the Season 2 premiere of “Outlander” on Thursday (April 7) two days before it’s set to air on Starz.
The standalone streaming service — which is the cheapest standalone service offered by a premium network – is available through the new Starz app in both the Apple App Store and Google Play. HBO’s standalone service known as HBONow costs $14.99 a month. Meanwhile, Showtime’s standalone streaming package costs $10.99 a month. Starz is known for its series “Black Sails” and “Spartacus,” but so far does not have a massive hit the likes of “Game of Thrones,” “Sopranos” or “True Blood,” by HBO, or “Homeland,” “Dexter” or “Weeds,” by Showtime.
To celebrate the launch of its new streaming service, Starz is making the second season of hit show “Outlander” available to streaming subscribers on Thursday. The official premiere is on Saturday, April 9, at 9 p.m. ET. “Outlander” is a time-travel-based historical drama based on Diana Gabaldon’s popular “Outlander” book series. I’ve read (and loved) the books, and I really enjoyed Season 1 of “Outlander.”
The standalone Starz service allows a maximum of four users to watch its programming simultaneously. It also allows for “virtually unlimited downloads,” Starz explained in a press release. The premium network says its viewers can download programs to watch without being connected to Wi-Fi or broadband.
“With the growing consumer appetite for our highly rated, award-winning and diverse original programming and vast library of movies, our elegant and powerful app is the first in the industry to allow download capability to watch premium content anytime, anywhere, without the need for Wi-Fi access,” Starz CEO Chris Albrecht said in a statement.
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