Starz, Verizon ink broadband deal

Companies to offer films to Internet, FiOS customers

Starz Entertainment said Tuesday that it will offer its films to Verizon's broadband and FiOS customers.

The Starz Play service will bring a catalog of more than 1,000 downloadable movies and a live feed from the channel to Verizon's broadband subscribers via Verizon.net/starzplay. The platform will cost $5.99 per month.

The companies said that Verizon has more than 8.5 million broadband subscribers.

The Liberty Media-owned Starz already has a digital download service called Vongo, which offers the same content as the new platform for $9.99 per month. Verizon is the first company, though, to offer its own subscription plan for Starz's products.

Films included in Starz Play are "Ratatouille," "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" and "Spider-Man 3." The platform also will offer more than 1,000 additional video selections and recommendation features.

Starz also expanded its deal with Verizon's FiOS platform to include all 16 of the company's movie channels, HD channels and VOD offerings. The agreement was first signed in 2005.
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