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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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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:
- 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.
- 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.
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:
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
- Xbox One and One S
- 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
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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