Starz Review 2020: Everything you need to know

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What is Starz? 

Starz is a premium subscription service owned by Lionsgate. Like HBO and Showtime, Starz produces original content while offering a library of movies and shows comprised of new releases and popular classics. Starz has two sister channels — Starz Encore and MoviePlex. In response to HBO and Showtime’s streaming services, Starz launched its own in 2016. It cost less than both at $8.99/mo. Its library features tons of Starz on-demand movies and classic TV shows. The service also has original series with plenty of action, drama, crime, comedy, and sci-fi. 

Starz plans and pricing 

You can purchase Starz as a standalone plan. It’s also available as an add-on on through the following streaming services: Amazon Prime Video ($8.99/mo.), AT&T TV Now ($65/mo.), DirecTV Now ($35/mo.), Hulu ($5.99/mo.), Sling TV ($30/mo.), and YouTube TV ($49.99/mo.) If you purchase a Starz subscription as an add-on, the price will vary by streaming provider. 

Starz
Price$8.99/mo.
Free trial length7 days
Number of TV shows and films150+ shows, 1,250+ movies
Offline downloadsYes
Streaming qualityHD

Starz supported devices 

The Starz app is available on numerous devices such as smartphones, tablets, and smart TVs. Starz is also available as an add-on through streaming services like Sling TV

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What to watch on Starz 

The Starz catalog features thousands of licensed and exclusive movies and shows. It also has bonus content like behind-the-scenes coverage. 

The service categorizes content by genre. Below are a few of the most popular options.

  • Popular
  • Just Added
  • Family Favorites 
  • Black Cinema
  • Horror
  • Award Winners
  • Kids 
  • Comedy
  • Crime Dramas
  • Documentary 
  • Action
  • Romantic Comedies
  • Hollywood Blockbusters

Available movies include Spider-Man: Far From Home, Men In Black: International, Wet Hot American Summer, Pulp Fiction, Coneheads, Bloodsport, Dazed and Confused, and Venom. The service also has new and award-winning films like Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, Chinatown, Lost in Translation, and Days of Heaven

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Starz has a comprehensive library of shows with old classics and new original series. There are four major show categories. 

  • Classic TV
  • Kids
  • Original
  • Popular shows

Other popular categories include Throwback Cartoons, Bingeable Series, Westerns, and En Español. The service gives you access to shows like Angela Anaconda, Sanford & Son, The Bernie Mac Show, Malcolm & Eddie, The Jeffersons, and Gunsmoke

Starz also has original content. But even though it costs the same as Netflix’s entry-level plan ($8.99/mo.), Starz has nowhere near as many original shows as the streaming giant. Starz’s original content isn’t quite as popular as the programming produced by Netflix and HBO. Its original series library includes full seasons of American Gods, Outlander, Sparticus, The Rook, Wrong Man, DaVinci’s Demons, and Power

There’s also plenty of kids content available with Starz movies like Toy Story 3, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Garfield, and Wreck-It Ralph; and shows like Bo On The Go!, Digimon Adventure, The New Adventures of Madeline, and Busytown Mysteries.

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Starz features 

The Starz app lets you download unlimited shows and movies from its vast catalog. So, you’ll be able to enjoy your favorite content away from an internet connection. It doesn’t provide cloud-DVR storage.  

The Starz streaming service provides four simultaneous streams. This rivals Netflix’s Premium plan ($15.99/mo.), which lets you watch on up to 4 screens simultaneously.  The Starz app works seamlessly between devices, making it easy to switch between smartphones and smart TVs. 

Starz customization features are limited when compared to Netflix. Netflix allows you to create a personal profile and keep your content separate from other members of your household. With Starz, you’ll have access to multiple simultaneous streams, but you won’t have an algorithm closely recommending titles based on your watch history. 

Controlling the parental settings of your Starz account is relatively simple. First off, if you purchase Starz through a third-party service like Amazon Prime Video, any restrictions you’ve already set through that service will automatically be applied. If you need to tweak the parental settings in your Starz account, navigate to the Settings icon on the top-right of your page. Select Parental Controls, and you’ll have the option to set a passcode for mature content. 

The final cut 

Whether you’re a fan of Starz original shows like Ash Evil Dead or enjoy its large collection of movies and classic shows, the service is both a formidable premium streaming service in and of itself and a great complement to services that mimic traditional TV providers. If you already have Hulu or Amazon Prime Video, you can add Starz as a premium channel. Are you unsure if Starz is right for you? No problem. The service offers a free seven-day trial, so you can test things out for yourself without paying a penny.