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Starz Play Streaming Subscription Review

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

Details

Service typeOn-demand streaming
Free trial7 days
Pricing$8.99
Lock-in contractNo

Starz app review
Can’t get enough of Outlander? Starz cable and satellite television network now has an app that allows you to stream its library of popular films and original television series. The network is a global media and entertainment company that operates under a subscription basis.

With a Starz cable or satellite subscription, you can enjoy the included streaming service through the app for free. But not all hope is lost if you don’t subscribe with your TV provider. Without a subscription, you can stream from the Starz app as a standalone package for $8.99 per month.

Get caught up on old episodes or keep up with new Starz original content from a number of smart devices or your computer using the Starz app.

Participating providers for Starz

  • COX
  • Optimum
  • Mediacom
  • Suddenlink
  • Amazon Channels

While the list above gives a few top TV providers, there are additional providers not listed that also participate. You can add on Starz online or by phone.

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Compatible Devices with the Starz app

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

Device/Platform Name: Devices/Platforms:
Amazon devices Kindle Fire Tablet 3rd generation or newer
Kindle Fire Phone
Amazon Fire Stick
Amazon Fire TV
Android Phone and Tablets Android TV running Android 4.0.3 or newer
Nexus Player
NVIDIA Shield
Razer Forge
Apple TV 3rd generation or newer running tvOS 9 or newer
Computer Operating System Microsoft Window 7 or newer
Apple OSX 10.5.7 or newer
Browsers Current version of Edge
Current version of Chrome
Current version of Firefox
Current version of Safari
iPhone, iPad and iPod iOS 8 or newer
PlayStation PlayStation 4
Roku 2nd generation or newer
Smart TVs Sony TVs running Android 5 or newer
Select Samsung Smart TVs
Xbox One
One X
One S

What are the benefits of the Starz app?

  • Stream on demand. With the Starz app, you can access and watch original series, and most movies. Additionally, you can enjoy full downloads and search through every big genre. Downloads can be watched anytime, anywhere — even offline.
  • Free trial. If you want to try out Starz, you can take advantage of a free 7-day trial. To get the free trial, all you have to do is download the Starz app or sign up online. Start your 7-day free trial by using your Apple, Google Play or Roku ID. Simply create your Starz profile, and start streaming on a supported device. If you do not cancel your trial within the 7 days, you will be charged the $8.99 monthly subscription fee.
  • Multiple devices. You can enjoy Starz On Demand on multiple devices with many TV providers.

Pricing and packaging

While you have to purchase a Starz cable or satellite subscription, you can download the Starz app for free from the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, Roku Channel Store or PlayStation Store.

For access to Starz through the mobile app without a cable subscription, you can purchase a standalone plan for $8.99 per month. By purchasing the $8.99 per month subscription, you can then use the Starz app on any compatible devices. Subscriptions are paid in advance of the covered month.

To add Starz onto your cable or satellite package, you will have to contact your TV provider to find out specific pricing. On average, adding Starz on can cost anywhere from $10 to $29.99.

How many devices does a subscription support?

You can register a maximum of 4 devices at any one time. If you try to connect more than 4 devices, you’ll receive an error message. If you wish to add an additional device, you’ll have to delete one of the previously registered devices.

With a single Starz subscription, you can simultaneously watch different streaming content on up to two devices. If you’d like to watch more than two simultaneous streams, you’ll need to sign up for another Starz subscription at $8.99 per month.

Pros and cons of Starz streaming subscription

Here are a few things you can expect from Starz streaming subscription:

Pros

  • Starz streaming. The Starz streaming service comes with your Starz subscription.
  • Media options. You can choose from the hottest and most popular movies and TV shows. Many are award-winning, and the hits of today’s pop culture.
  • Family options. Starz also brings back the classics suitable for everyone in the family, like Monster’s Inc.
  • Register multiple devices. You can register a maximum of 4 devices at any one time and can simultaneously watch different streaming content on up to two devices.

Cons

  • Subscription required. In order to start streaming, you need to select your cable, satellite or telco company TV provider, and enter in your Starz account information. Or, you can subscribe to the streaming service as a stand-alone package.
  • Internet connection. To stream with the Starz app, you need a high-speed Internet connection. It’s required that you have wired Internet connection, Wifi or 4G. The minimum required bandwidth is 2.5 Mbps, but 6 Mbps is recommended for the best experience.
  • Internet connected device. Starz Play isn’t available on all Internet connected devices. In fact, it’s currently only available on a handful of devices. The network is working on adding more providers to the list.

Top movies

You can search through movies by genre. A few of the most popular movies you can stream include:

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Risen Inside Out
Monsters, Inc. The Good Dinosaur Ratatouille
Avengers: Age of Ultron Careful What You Wish For Fathers and Daughters
The 5th Wave

You can also search each series by genre. A few genre options include: popular, originals, kids and classic TV. The following are popular shows right now:

Outlander Power Black Sails
The Girlfriend Experience Party Down Flesh and Bone
Magic City Gunsmoke Angela Anaconda
The Chair Busytown Mysteries Blunt Talk

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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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94 Comments

  1. Default Gravatar
    KS
    October 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?

    • AvatarStaff
      Brian
      October 31, 2019

      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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    Emily
    August 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?

    • AvatarStaff
      nikkiangco
      August 5, 2019

      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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    Robert
    August 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.

    • AvatarStaff
      fayemanuel
      August 6, 2019

      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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    Lauren
    July 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?

    • AvatarStaff
      Joshua
      July 23, 2019

      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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    Jill
    July 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?

    • AvatarStaff
      nikkiangco
      July 9, 2019

      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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    Jeneen
    July 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?

    • AvatarStaff
      Ash
      July 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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    Jessica
    June 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?

    • AvatarStaff
      Bella
      June 16, 2019

      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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    Marisa
    June 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.

    • AvatarStaff
      Jeni
      June 14, 2019

      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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    Tina
    June 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?

    • AvatarStaff
      Jeni
      June 14, 2019

      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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    Barbara
    June 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

    • AvatarStaff
      Bella
      June 12, 2019

      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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