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Starz streaming review: Price, content, free trial

Watch hit movies and popular Starz original series from your computer or smart device.

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Starz

What is Starz?

Starz is an American premium cable and satellite television network, offering a broad range of blockbuster movies and original series. Launched in 1994, the network produces popular TV shows like Outlander, Power, American Gods, P-Valley, The White Queen and more.

Pros and cons of Starz:

Here are a few things you can expect from Starz:

Pros

  • Free for pay TV subscribers. If you already have Starz as part of a TV package, you can access the app for free by logging in with your TV provider.
  • Versatile library. You can choose between movies and TV shows, with plenty of popular titles streaming on the service.
  • Family streaming. Starz offers family-friendly movies the whole family can enjoy.
  • Register multiple devices. Stream on up to 4 screens at the same time or download directly to your device to watch anywhere.

Cons

  • Not as many original TV series as some competitors.
  • No 4K streaming.

How can I access Starz?

The Starz app: You can subscribe to Starz via the Internet. The Starz app lets you sign up on a standalone basis, so you don’t need pay TV to enjoy Starz.

Streaming platforms: Fans can also watch Starz without cable by using pretty much any major streaming device or platform. The list includes Hulu, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now and more.

Cable TV provider: You can add Starz to your pay TV subscription through participating providers:

What is Starz Encore?

Starz and Starz Encore are sister channels. Most TV providers offer them in the same bundle, but they can also be purchased separately.

There’s some overlap between the content the channels offer. Starz Encore features mainly older and recent theatrically released feature films.

How much does Starz cost?

Subscribing to Starz as a standalone streaming app via the Internet will cost you $8.99/month or there is a discounted $74.99 annual fee. Prices for Starz vary if you subscribe through a TV provider or another streaming service.

If you already have Starz through a TV provider, you can use the streaming app for free. All you need to do is login to the Starz platform with your TV provider credentials.

Does Starz have a free trial?

Yes, the Starz streaming service offers a free 7-day trial for new customers. That means you can sign up and enjoy everything the platform has to offer without paying for one week. If you cancel your subscription before the week is up, you won’t be billed.

What content is on Starz?

Starz offers a generous library which includes past and current seasons of Starz original shows, as well as movies – from blockbusters to older favorites. You can browse the platform’s library below.

Starz shows and movies

How soon can I see new episodes of Starz originals?

New episodes from current seasons of any Starz original series are generally added to the Starz app the same day they air on TV.

Starz features

The Starz streaming service offers a user-friendly interface and features that will come in handy if you’re an avid binge-watcher.

Share the subscription with your family. Enjoy unlimited HD streaming. Users can stream on up to 4 screens at the same time.

Discounts on long-term subscription. You can save money by subscribing to the Starz streaming service for longer. Save over $30 if you subscribe to an annual plan.

Offline viewing. Download shows and movies on your device to watch on the go.

What devices are compatible with Starz?

You can access the Starz app on a variety of different devices and platforms, including:

PC/Mac

Smartphones and tablets:

  • Android devices running Android 4.1 or greater
  • iPhone, iPad, & iPod running iOS 8.1 or greater
  • 2014 and newer Kindle Fire Tablets running Fire OS 5 or greater
  • All Kindle Fire phones

Streaming media devices:

  • Apple TV – 3rd generation, 4th generation Apple TV running tvOS 9 or newer
  • Amazon Fire TV and Fire Stick
  • Android TV – Nexus Player, NVIDIA Shield, Razer Forge
  • Roku – 2nd Generation Roku 2, 3, and 4, Roku Stick

Game consoles:

  • Xbox One and One S

Smart TVS:

  • Select 2014 and newer Sony TVs running Android 5 or greater
  • Select 2014 Samsung Smart TVs with Smart Hub
  • LG TVs running WebOS 3.0 or higher

How do I cancel my Starz subscription?

There are no contracts when you subscribe to Starz via the Internet, so you can cancel your subscription anytime.

To do so, click on the gear icon in the upper right side of the website. Next, select Subscription, then Cancel my subscription. From there, follow the on-screen directions for canceling your account.

If you subscribed to Starz through a TV provider or third-party streaming service you’ll have to cancel through that provider directly.

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Case study: Jennifer's experience

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Jennifer Gimbel
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I first signed up for Starz streaming service because I’d heard good things about its original series Outlander and didn’t want to wait for it to hit Netflix. And then, as it goes, I just never got around to canceling it.

I think I pay around $9.99 a month for it (it’s bad that I can’t even remember anymore) and get access to its stream of free movies and TV shows each month. Occasionally, I’ll watch using the Starz app on my phone. But more often, I just access it through Amazon Video.

When it comes down to it, I’ve kept my subscription for two main reasons:

  • I’ve been too lazy to cancel it.
  • It typically gets new releases pretty fast.

But in all honesty, I wouldn’t say I access its shows or movies all that regularly anymore. So I actually think I might cancel it.

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    KSOctober 30, 2019

    I signed up for STARZ on my phone, but now I’m trying to use it on my PS4. It looks like Amazon wants me to sign up again. Is there anyway to connect my existing STARZ account to Amazon?

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      BrianOctober 31, 2019Staff

      Thanks for reaching out to us about this. If you want to use STARZ on your PlayStation 4, You’ll want to make sure that you download the STARZ Play app through the PlayStation Store. Even though Amazon offers STARZ channels through their streaming service, there is no way currently to link your existing account to Amazon Prime, so you’d have to pay for access to STARZ content, and you definitely don’t want to do that!

      Hope this helps,

      Brian

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    EmilyAugust 4, 2019

    I’m leaving for deployment and was wondering if when downloading movies they will stay downloaded for months, or if it is like Netflix and you only get them for a short period of time?

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      nikkiangcoAugust 5, 2019Staff

      Hi Emily,

      Thanks for your question. With the Starz app, downloads can be watched anytime, anywhere — even offline. However, the app deletes all downloads if the subscriber logs out or if the app is deleted.

      Hope this was helpful. Don’t hesitate to message us back if you have more questions.

      Best,
      Nikki

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    RobertAugust 4, 2019

    I added the Starz app to my Roku and signed in with my provider (Suddenlink) and some titles I am not allowed to view unless I upgrade. WTH is that all about? The movie I tried to watch was made in 2001. It always seems that to one movie you want is the one movie hidden in the vault.

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      fayemanuelAugust 6, 2019Staff

      Hi Robert,

      Thanks for contact Finder.

      Past and present seasons of STARZ Original Series plus movies currently on their channels can also be seen on the app. I’m unable to see any related articles regarding the request to upgrade your subscription to watch a certain movie. It would be a best to directly ask STARZ customer support about this.

      Kind Regards,
      Faye

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    LaurenJuly 23, 2019

    I just downloaded the Starz subscription. Can I download movies and shows on my laptop? I do not have enough storage on my phone and I do not have an iPad. If so how do I download on my mac laptop?

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      JoshuaJuly 23, 2019Staff

      Hi Lauren,

      Thanks for getting in touch with Finder. I hope all is well with you. 😃

      Regarding your question, you would need to download the Mac STARZ app from the Apple Store. From there, log into your account. Browse through the movie or show library and from there, you can start downloading your chosen videos. By doing this, you can now watch downloaded videos on your Mac laptop.

      I hope this helps. Should you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach us out again.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Joshua

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    JillJuly 8, 2019

    I downloaded the free trial of starz on my phone and downloaded an episode to watch on my train ride home, where do I find the download?

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      nikkiangcoJuly 9, 2019Staff

      Hi Jill,

      Thanks for getting in touch!

      Downloaded titles can be viewed and managed on the “My Downloads” page. Note that the maximum number of downloads stored at any point of time is 25 per subscriber account. Of these, no more than 15 may belong to the same series. A downloaded title can be stored on a device for up to 30 days, or 48 hours once playback has commenced.

      Hope this helps! For any further questions, feel free to reach out to us again, we’re here to help.

      Best,
      Nikki

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    JeneenJuly 5, 2019

    I have the Starz app and subscription on my iPad. I have a Nneo TV Box on my TV. Can I watch Starz on my TV?

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      AshJuly 6, 2019

      Hi Jeneen,

      Thank you for contacting Finder.

      To access the Stars content from your iPad to your TV, you need a cable that is like an Apple’s Digital AV Adapter which you will connect to the HDMI port of your TV.

      I hope this helps.

      Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have additional questions.

      Cheers,
      Ash

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    JessicaJune 15, 2019

    I just signed up for the free trial of STARZ and I am currently trying to set up profiles, is it possible to set up a profile only for kids so they see only shows/movies for kids and not all genres of movies?

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      BellaJune 16, 2019Staff

      Hi Jessica,

      Thanks for your inquiry.

      As I checked, Since Starz has “parental controls” yes it is possible to set up a profile for your kids and customize or manage the shows/movies that can be watched by your kids.

      I hope this helps.

      Kind regards,
      Bella

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    MarisaJune 14, 2019

    I signed up for the 7 day free trial on my Amazon Fire Stick on one television. I turned that television off then went to a different room that also has Amazon Firestick and am now being asked for a username and password which I never had to provide the first time. Will I have to sign up for a second free trial to watch on a second television? Please help.

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      JeniJune 14, 2019Staff

      Hi Marisa,

      Thank you for getting in touch with Finder.

      If you were using 2 different Amazon Fire Sticks then that may be the reason it is asking for another username and password. Please try to use the same Amazon Fire Stick you used when you signed up for a 7-day free trial with on that TV you have in the other room and see if that works. If you need further assistance on this matter, please reach out to Amazon Fire TV support.

      I hope this helps.

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Jeni

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    TinaJune 14, 2019

    I can’t find the download option on my Starz app on android or windows device. It only has a share button. How do I download episodes?

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      JeniJune 14, 2019Staff

      Hi Tina,

      Thank you for getting in touch with Finder.

      To download a title, just tap the series or movies download icon. If the one you’re considering to download doesn’t have the icon then you may not be able to download it them. The maximum number of downloads stored at any time is 25 per subscriber account. Of these, no more than 15 can belong to the same series.

      I hope this helps.

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Jeni

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    BarbaraJune 11, 2019

    I just join a few minutes ago and STARZ will not let me sign , it states there is an error in I have already paid

      Avatarfinder Customer Care
      BellaJune 12, 2019Staff

      Hi Barbara,

      Thanks for your inquiry.

      While we do not have the information what’s the cause of the error you are encountering. It’s best to get in touch with STARZ 855-247-9175 directly to give you further assistance on this.

      I hope this helps.

      Kind regards,
      Bella

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