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The Ultimate Guide to Starz’s Streaming Service

Starz is one of the big names in premium channels. You can add the channel on to many of your favorite streaming services for an additional monthly fee or use one of the two options below to get your fill of movies and original TV shows.

The Basics

In April 2016, Starz followed the lead of HBO and Showtime by creating their own standalone streaming service. The Starz app features original content, recent and classic movies, and some hidden gems.

The standalone service combined Starz Play, Encore Play, and MoviePlex. Now, all of the content for those apps can be found in one place, with one subscription.

With the Starz app, you can register up to 4 devices, making it easy to watch shows and movies at home or on your mobile device while traveling. You can stream on up to 4 devices simultaneously.

Starz on Amazon

Starz is one of the premium channels offered by Amazon as an add-on to a Prime Video subscription. While it costs the same to subscribe to Starz as a standalone, there are some benefits to using Amazon channels instead.

  • All of your content is kept on the same platform. That means less switching from one app to another to watch shows and movies.
  • You can manage all of your subscriptions from Amazon. You’ll see a list of the channels you’re already subscribed to, along with those you’re testing out with a free trial.
  • You’ll use your saved payment method from Amazon to auto pay for your channels each month, so you’ll have less accounts to think about.

Plans and Pricing

Using the Starz standalone streaming service will cost you $8.99/month, after a one week free trial.

You’ll also pay $8.99/month to add Starz as an Amazon channel.

Compatible Devices

If you’re using the Starz app, you’ll be able to watch on the following devices:

  • iPhone
  • iPad
  • Kindle Fire tablets
  • Kindle Fire phones
  • Android devices
  • Apple TV
  • Amazon Fire TV and Fire Stick
  • Android TV
  • Roku
  • Xbox One
  • Smart TVs
  • Apples and PCs with Edge, Chrome, Firefox, or Safari

Or, you can add the Starz channel to your Amazon Prime account and watch on any devices compatible with Prime.

Content and Features

The Starz app is well organized and easy to use. When you login, you can look for content in the featured, series, and movies sections. There, you’ll find originals like Power, Outlander, Magic City, and Boss. You’ll also find the most recent episode of series, new movies, and classics. For Starz original series, the episodes go up on the same day that they air live.

Starz puts their content into helpful categories to make it easy to find shows and movies that you’ll probably like. You’ll see all of the typical genres, including comedy, action, and documentary. You can also browse categories like Badass Ladies, Family Favorites, and recommendations based on what you’ve already watched.

Not sure what to watch? On the schedule section, you’ll see what’s airing on all of the following Starz channels and can tune in by clicking the title.

  • Starz
  • Starz Edge
  • Starz in Black
  • Starz Comedy
  • Starz Cinema
  • Starz Kids & Family
  • Starz Encore
  • Starz Encore Action
  • Starz Encore Classic
  • Starz Encore Black
  • Starz Encore Family
  • Starz Encore Suspense
  • Starz Encore Westerns
  • Starz Encore Espanol
  • Movie Plex
  • Indie Plex
  • Retro Plex

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