11:43am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Starz Secures Rights to 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is coming to a new galaxy: Starz.
The premium cable network has acquired the TV rights to the box-office record-breaker, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Force Awakens is the last movie to be included in Starz's deal with Disney. The pact included rights to every movie the studio released through the end of 2015. Starz did not renew its Disney deal, with the company instead forging an arrangement with streaming service Netflix, which kicks off with films released in 2016.
This week will see Force Awakens top Avatar to become the highest-grossing feature film in U.S. history.
Financial terms of the Force Awakens pact were not immediately available. The news was first reported by the New York Post. Starz declined comment on the deal.
Disney controls rights to the film after the Starz window closes and will determine its future then.