All Starz Channels Now Offered in HD - New Starz In Black HD and Starz Cinema HD Channels Launched First on DIRECTV DIRECTV Becomes First Launch Affiliate with All Starz Networks in HD; Adds Encore HD

ENGLEWOOD, Colo., June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Starz Entertainment and DIRECTV announced that three new HD channels from Starz Entertainment launched today on DIRECTV, including the brand new Starz In Black HD and Starz Cinema HD offerings.  DIRECTV is the first affiliate to launch the new Starz HD channels, and now offers every Starz premium channel in high definition.  

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DIRECTV recently announced the addition of more than 30 new HD channels to its HD lineup, which includes the Starz and Encore channels.  Encore HD (East) is the third channel from Starz Entertainment launched today on DIRECTV.

The additional Starz and Encore HD movie channels are offered at no extra charge to DIRECTV Starz® Super Pack subscribers who receive monthly HD access.

"The combination of commercial-free premium programming, in high definition, and all part of an affordable monthly subscription, is a winning combination for consumers that brings great value for all movie-lovers," said Starz Entertainment executive VP, affiliate sales and marketing, Ed Huguez. "DIRECTV has long been a valued affiliate partner of Starz and we are very pleased to see them launch successfully the new HD channels today."

Exclusive HD movies coming this summer to the new Starz HD channels include:

Starz In Black HD - Law Abiding Citizen, District 9, Michael Jackson's This Is It, Pandorum, Obsessed, The Taking of Pelham 123, Lakeview Terrace, Hancock and the upcoming exclusive Starz Originals 8-part epic event, "The Pillars of the Earth."

Starz Cinema HD - Angels & Demons, Seven Pounds, Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, The International, Doubt, Rachel Getting Married, Last Chance Harvey, and The Boy In The Striped Pajamas.

Encore HD - The Mask, Rush Hour 2, Signs, Reign of Fire, Happy Gilmore, Jaws, The Mummy Returns, The Rock, Speed, and Monsters, Inc.

Starz Entertainment is the exclusive subscription television and broadband provider of Starz Originals (including "Spartacus: Blood and Sand," "Party Down," "Gravity") and feature films.  First-run movies are from leading Hollywood studios including Walt Disney Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Overture Films, Touchstone Pictures, Hollywood Pictures, Disney-Pixar, Marvel Entertainment, TriStar, Screen Gems, Sony Classics and Warren Miller Films. Starz licenses hundreds of feature films from a wide array of independent distributors including IFC, and Summit Entertainment and a vast collection of classic and favorite titles from most Hollywood studios, including Warner Bros., Universal and MGM.

About DIRECTV

DIRECTV (Nasdaq: DTV) is the world's most popular video service delivering state-of-the-art technology, unmatched programming, the most comprehensive sports packages available and industry leading customer service to its more than 25 million customers in the U.S. and Latin America.  In the U.S., DIRECTV offers its more than 18.6 million customers the capacity for more than 200 HD channels in Dolby 5.1 theater-quality sound, access to exclusive sports programming such as NFL SUNDAY TICKET™, award winning technology like its DIRECTV® DVR Scheduler and higher customer satisfaction than the leading cable companies for nine years running.  DIRECTV Latin America, through its subsidiaries and affiliated companies in Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela, Colombia, and other Latin American countries, leads the pay-TV category in technology, programming and service, delivering an unrivaled digital television experience to 6.5 million customers.  DIRECTV sports and entertainment properties include three Regional Sports Networks (Northwest, Rocky Mountain and Pittsburgh) as well as a 65 percent interest in Game Show Network.  For the most up-to-date information on DIRECTV, please call 1-800-DIRECTV or visit directv.com.

About Starz Entertainment

Starz Entertainment, LLC, is a premium movie and original programming entertainment service provider operating in the United States. The company offers 16 premium channels including the flagship Starz® and Encore® brands with approximately 17.1 million and 31.1 million subscribers respectively.  Starz Entertainment airs in total more than 1,000 movies and original series every month across its pay TV channels and offers advanced services including Starz HD, Encore HD, Starz On Demand, Encore On Demand, MoviePlex On Demand, Starz HD On Demand, Encore HD On Demand, MoviePlex HD On Demand, and Starz Play. Starz Entertainment (www.starz.com) is an operating unit of Starz, LLC, which is a controlled subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation, and is attributed to Liberty Starz , a tracking stock group of Liberty Media Corporation.

Starz Super Pack on DIRECTV



Premium Channel

Channel #



Starz (East)

527 (HD/SD)

Starz (West)

528 (HD/SD)

Starz Cinema

531 (HD)

Starz Comedy

526 (HD)

Starz Edge

529 (HD/SD)

Starz In Black

530 (HD/SD)

Starz Kids &Family

525 (HD)

Encore (East)

535 (HD/SD)

Encore (West)

536 (SD)

Encore Action

541 (SD)

Encore Drama

540 (SD)

Encore Love

537 (SD)

Encore Mystery

539 (SD)

Encore Wam

542 (SD)

Encore Westerns

538 (SD)



Starz On Demand

1527 (SD)

Encore On Demand

1535 (SD)



HD = High Definition

SD = Standard Definition



Contacts:




Eric Becker

Robert Mercer

Starz Entertainment

DIRECTV, Inc.

(720) 852-4065

(310) 964-4683

eric.becker@starz.com

rgmercer@directv.com



SOURCE Starz Entertainment



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