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Altice USA and Lionsgate-owned Starz have ended a six-week impasse and set a new multi-year affiliate deal, concluding the year’s first big carriage dispute.
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Under the agreement, Altice will offer the full suite of Starz and Starz Encore premium linear and HD channels, On-Demand, HD On-Demand and online services across its Optimum and Suddenlink cable systems. The agreement also allows for Altice USA to sell the Starz App to their customers on the new Altice One entertainment service, as well as broader digital rights including TV Everywhere. The deal also secures Starz packaging position and expands its subscriber base.
Financial terms were not disclosed.
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The direct-to-consumer app offered by Starz, the premium network behind shows like Power and Outlander, had become a flash point in the dispute. Altice suggested that Optimum customers could continue to enjoy Starz via the app, a response that got industry-wide attention as programmers look to re-bundle their offerings and re-examine relationships with traditional distributors. Those re-assessments come with a multitude of sensitivities as customer habits continue to shift.
“Our goal is to give customers the flexibility, choice and entertainment they want at a great value, and we...
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