ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Feb. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Starz Entertainment Group, LLC
(SEG) announced today that two new channels, RetroPlex(SM) and IndiePlex(SM),
will launch on April 3, 2006, extending the company's family of targeted movie
channels. Comcast Cable said it will roll out the channels at launch to the
majority of its Digital Cable customers as part of the company's Digital Plus
service. The two new channels are RetroPlex, which offer movies of the 1950s,
60s and 70s, and IndiePlex which will run theatrically-released independent
films. Both will be commercial-free.
"Our company's strategy is to offer channels that are dependable
destinations for different genres of movies," said SEG Executive Vice
President of sales and marketing Edward L. Huguez. "Our viewers can find a
channel aimed at them no matter what their taste, age group or demographic.
These two new channels are a logical extension of that strategy. The films on
RetroPlex will target those in the 25-45 age group who love movies but are
generally underserved by television programming. IndiePlex will be devoted
solely to independent films, a category that is surging in popularity among
all ages and demographics, as demonstrated in the most recent round of film
Comcast Senior Vice President and General Manager of video products Page
Thompson added, "Movies are some of the most popular programs we offer, and
we're pleased to expand our Digital Cable customers' viewing choices with the
launch of these new channels. RetroPlex and IndiePlex join an impressive
commercial-free movie lineup from Starz Entertainment Group."
Huguez noted that the restructuring of the Starz and Encore channels last
year was designed to make each channel a showcase of a particular genre of
films, and that the two new channels will extend that policy. RetroPlex
focuses on the favorite movies of the Baby Boomers to the Gen Xers. IndiePlex
highlights independent films of movie masters ranging from Quentin Tarantino
(Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown), Martin Scorsese (After Hours, New York, New
York) and Steven Soderbergh (Sex, Lies and Videotape).
The channels will draw on SEG's extensive inventory of theatrical movies
from major studios and independent suppliers including Walt Disney Pictures,
Miramax Films, Touchstone Pictures, Hollywood Films, Sony Pictures
Entertainment, Columbia Tri-Star, Screen Gems, Revolution Studios and more.
IndiePlex titles include Leaving Las Vegas, Trainspotting and Do the Right
Thing. Films on RetroPlex will include Five Easy Pieces, West Side Story and
RetroPlex(SM) Movies so in they'll never be out.
IndiePlex(SM) Films that broke the mold.
Starz Entertainment Group LLC (SEG) is the largest provider of premium
movie services in the United States. SEG offers 13 digital movie channels
including the flagship Starz(R) and Encore(R) channels with approximately 14
million and 25 million subscribers respectively. Starz Entertainment Group
airs more than 750 movies per month across its pay TV channels and is a
forerunner in offering its subscribers advanced services such as Starz HDTV,
Starz On Demand(R) and Vongo(SM). Starz Entertainment Group is a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation, www.starz.com.
SOURCE Starz Entertainment Group LLC