Starz Will Now Delay Content 90 days for Netflix

Posted by at 10:48 am on March 25, 2011

Starz premium TV content will be delayed from Internet streaming through Netflix for 90 days after it first airs. Exclusive first-run movies from Starz portfolio including those from Sony and Disney will soon follow the new 90-day policy. This comes after Netflix agreed to delay movies from Fox and Universal in exchange for wider access to major movies and TV shows in April last year. Insiders view the news that Starz has moved to the new arrangement as resulting from the increasing popularity of the Netflix service.

“Beginning with the April 1 premiere of the new original drama Camelot, new episodes of Starz originals will now be available on the Starz Play services 90 days after they debut on the network, with exclusive first-run movies later following suit,” reads an official statement from Starz. “Past seasons of Starz series, including Spartacus, and previously aired movies will continue to be available for streaming. Authenticated Starz subscribers will still have full access to all current network programming through Starz Online.”

Starz current agreement with Netflix, first initiated in late 2008, is due to expire in mid-2012.

The news comes after a recent decision by CBS Showtime to withhold its currently screening TV series from streaming on Netflix until after the initial season run.

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