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While many people are familiar with the HBO or Showtime paid cable networks, they may not be as familiar with Starz. The cable network has tons of movies to watch, and a growing number of original TV shows and limited series to watch. So, is a Starz subscription worth it? Are its films and series available on Starz on demand for streaming to your phone, PC or smart TV? We give you the information you need right now.

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What is Starz?

First launched in 1994, Starz (along with its sister networks Starz Encore and MoviePlex) has a total of 17 different channels for cable TV and satellite TV subscribers. Starz is currently owned by the Liongate movie studio. It offers thousands of classic and current movies, along with both original and acquired TV shows.

What movies and TV shows are on the service?

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Starz currently has an agreement to show all of Sony Pictures’ feature films first, after their theatrical runs and first appearances on discs and digital stores. That includes hit movies like Venom, Jumanji: The Next Level, and more recently Bad Boys For Live. However,  the service has thousands of other movies from a variety of studios.

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Starz also has a number of original and acclaimed TV shows, including Power, American Gods, and more. It also has classic TV shows to stream, from comedies like The Jeffersons to westers like The Big Valley and dramas like Miami Vice. All are available via Starz on demand.

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What platforms are available for Starz on demand?

If you don’t have a cable or satellite TV service, you can still access Starz online via your smartphone, PC, or smart TV. You can download Starz apps for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, along with Amazon Fire tablets. It’s also available for Apple TV, Android TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV sticks, set-top boxes and smart TVs. There are also apps for Samsung smart TVs, along with the Microsoft Xbox One and Sony Playstation 4 consoles. Finally you can watch Starz on demand on your Windows or Mac PC, via the Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Apple Safari or Mozilla Firefox browsers at the Starz web site.

What is the price of a Starz subscription online?

Currently, Starz offers a special promotion for new online subscribers; It lowers the price for three months to $5 per month. After the three months offer is over, you will continue to be billed at the price of $8.99 a month. You can cancel at any time. This offer does not include a 7-day free trial.

Starz is also available on a number of live internet-based streaming services. That includes YouTube TV, Hulu Plus Live TV and more. Usually, Starz is available as an add-on channel to those services, for $8.99 a month usually with a 7-day free trial.

Finally, Starz is available as an add-on channel Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video, and Roku platform. Again, the price is $8.99 a month, with a 7-day free trial.

Is a subscription to Starz worth it?

Starz has lots of great movies to stream, and they will continue to get great new movies from Sony Pictures soon after their theatrical runs. The service will eventually also get all of Liongate’s new movies once its previous agreements with Epix and HBO conclude. Finally, the service has a strong collection of original TV shows to stream, and more are on the way. All in all, the $8.99 a month price for a Starz streaming subscription is worth it, and will continue to be for years to come.