SANTA MONICA, Calif., Nov. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Starz, a Lionsgate company (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B), announced today STARZPLAY will launch on Virgin Media in the UK on November 29. The STARZPLAY premium streaming service will give Virgin TV customers in the UK the opportunity to watch STARZ series all in one place, with future STARZ Originals launching exclusively on STARZPLAY on the same day as the U.S., including season two of "Counterpart" starring Academy Award®-winner J.K. Simmons.
The latest Subscription Video on Demand service available to Virgin TV subscribers, STARZPLAY offers access to a vast library of additional content including popular series such as "Vida," "Sweetbitter," "The White Princess" and "Mr. Mercedes" as well as an extensive movie library featuring favorites like The Hunger Games at the touch of a button, for only £4.99 a month. Virgin TV customers who add the STARZPLAY subscription to their package can view the content by pressing Home on their V6 remote control and then clicking On Demand followed by Box Sets.
"The partnership with Virgin Media is an exciting next step in the rollout of the STARZPLAY platform, expanding the audience for our wide range of STARZ Originals, TV series and movies exclusively available on STARZPLAY to a whole new and expansive customer base," said Chris Albrecht, President and CEO of Starz.
David Bouchier, Chief Digital Entertainment Officer at Virgin Media said, "The launch of STARZPLAY on Virgin TV will give our customers access to even more brilliant box-sets, amazing movies and gripping TV series such as 'The White Princess' and 'Mr. Mercedes.' This exciting addition to our platform means Virgin TV customers will be able to enjoy new STARZ content as it launches in the US."
At launch, Virgin Media customers with the STARZPLAY add on subscription can enjoy brand new STARZ originals, including season two of the critically-acclaimed STARZ Original series "Counterpart" returning on Sunday, December 9 at 9 PM ET/PT on STARZ in the U.S.
STARZPLAY is now available on Virgin Media in the UK and Amazon Prime Video Channels in the UK and Germany, as well as in Canada under the STARZ brand with upcoming launches in France, Italy and Spain.
After a critically acclaimed season one, which garnered a 100% Certified Fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes, "Counterpart" is back for a 10-episode second season. At The Office of Interchange, those who have high enough access safeguard a crossing into a parallel dimension not unlike our own. And if their world is like ours, who are we over there? Are we better? Are we different? Season Two finds Howard (J.K. Simmons) and his counterpart living out these questions. With the Crossing closed and each of them stranded in the other's world, they have to adapt for survival. Howard Prime takes on his other's life: going to his job, living in his home… with his wife. Howard Alpha is locked in a mysterious black site known as Echo, cut off from everyone he knows. As a cold war escalates between worlds deepening a fickle divide, both men find themselves growing increasingly like their other.
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Starz (www.starz.com), a Lionsgate company (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B), is a leading global media and entertainment company that provides premium subscription video programming on domestic U.S. pay television networks and produces and distributes content for worldwide audiences via its expanding STARZPLAY international streaming platform and its investment in the STARZ PLAY Arabia OTT service. Starz is home to the flagship STARZ® brand and STARZ ENCORE channels and provides high-quality, entertaining premium subscription video programming with 17 premium pay TV channels and associated on-demand and online services, including the STARZ app. Sold through U.S. multichannel video distributors, including cable operators, satellite television providers, telecommunications companies, and other online and digital platforms, Starz offers subscribers more than 5,000 distinct premium television episodes and feature films, including STARZ Original series, first-run movies and other popular programming.
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