AT&T U-verse TV and Starz Entertainment Expand Affiliation Deal, Add Online Rights for Subscribers

Mar 14, 2011, 10:00 ET from AT&T Inc.

DALLAS and ENGLEWOOD, Colo., March 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T* and Starz Entertainment, LLC, announced today that the companies recently extended and expanded the AT&T U-verse® TV affiliation agreement for Starz Entertainment's premium channels, HD, and on-demand services.  AT&T U-verse also acquired the authenticated online rights to deliver the Starz Online and Encore Online services for its premium subscribers. As part of the agreement, AT&T U-verse also has the rights to deliver the MoviePlex premium channel and associated MoviePlex On Demand, MoviePlex HD On Demand, and MoviePlex Online services in the future.

AT&T U-verse TV currently offers 17 premium channels and feeds from Starz Entertainment, including all 13 distinct Starz and Encore channels, West Coast feeds of the flagship Starz and Encore channels, plus IndiePlex and RetroPlex. Advanced services include five channels in HD including Starz HD, Starz Kids & Family HD, Starz Comedy HD, Starz Edge HD, and Encore HD, as well as Starz On Demand, Encore On Demand, Starz HD On Demand, and Encore HD On Demand.

Financial terms and other deal specifics were not disclosed.

"We're very pleased to grow our relationship with Starz and deliver even more quality premium content on U-verse TV, and soon, online," said Dan York, president of content, AT&T. "This deal helps us with important strategic content initiatives and brings more value to our movie package and U-verse TV customers."

"AT&T has been very successful in marketing our channels and services. We are excited to extend our deal and expand our relationship by granting them rights to market our services online for its premium subscribers," said Ed Huguez, executive vice president, sales and affiliate relations for Starz Entertainment.  

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

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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 18.2 million and 32.8 million subscribers respectively. Starz Entertainment airs in total more than 1,000 movies and original series every month across its pay TV channels. Starz Entertainment is recognized as a pay TV leader in providing HD, On Demand, HD On Demand and online advanced services for its Starz, Encore and MoviePlex brands. Starz Entertainment ( is an operating unit of Starz, LLC, which is a controlled subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation and is attributed to the Liberty Starz tracking stock group (Nasdaq: LSTZA).