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Starz Play Arabia, the on-demand video streaming service available in 19 countries across the Middle East and North Africa region, has signed a multiyear extension of a licensing agreement with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution, adding more hit shows to its content lineup.
Financial terms weren’t disclosed.
Under the deal, starting this month, Starz Play will get access to such shows as The Flash, Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and Blindspot. Also included in the deal is the right to stream on-demand all 10 seasons of Friends.?
Khaled Benchouche, senior vp programming and acquisition at Starz Play, said: “This is a landmark deal, which adds some of the most demanded and searched titles to our library. We have been successful in attracting top studios to our platform. and we are delighted to work with Warner Bros., which is one of the most reputable names in the industry.”
He added: “Superhero movies and series have always been one of the most popular genres on our platform, and our deal with Warner Bros. will enable us to provide amazing TV shows, such as The Flash and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow to our subscribers. Starz Play is targeting a leadership position within the regional entertainment industry, and this deal will help us to become the number one choice for entertainment fans in MENA.”
Said Jeffrey Schlesinger, president, Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution: “We are pleased to continue our relationship with Starz Play that will now give their subscribers access to several of our marquee series and the opportunity to discover this programs for the first time or catch up on missed episodes.”
Starz Play subscribers can now enjoy more than 6,000 hours of entertainment, including 1,800 hours of Arabic content and more than 2,500 hours dubbed into French, according to the company. The service also features one-click Arabic subtitling plus Arabic and French user interface options.
Lionsgate closed its $4.4 billion acquisition of Starz late last year.
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