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Online video service launched in Dubai

Starz Play offers blockbuster movies and TV series immediately after they premiere in the US, as well as a library of content

Online video service launched in Dubai
Starz Play Arabia president Maaz Sheikh

American premium cable and satellite television network Starz has launched a new online video service offering the latest US blockbuster movies and TV series, with some shown immediately after they premiere in America.

Starz Play, which is the US channel's first international venture, will also include a full library of around 3,000 recent TV series, movies and children’s content.

The channel, which launched in 1994, currently serves more than 57 million subscribers in the US.

The Arabian version will cost around $13.99 a month, with a 30-day free trial and no monthly contractual obligation. It is available on PCs and Macs, iPhones, iPads, Android and other devices, with up to five devices registered per subscription and the ability to watch on any two at the same time.

"Starz is very pleased with today’s launch of the world-class Starz Play partnership in the Middle East and North Africa.  This is the first time a Starz-branded service has been launched outside of the United States,” said Chris Albrecht, Starz CEO.  “Taking the Starz brand to these markets with the latest video distribution technology represents an innovative opportunity to grow the Starz business.  Starz Play has a strong content foundation in place anchored by the growing worldwide portfolio of Starz original series programming and leveraged with a smart mix of other premier licensed product through our relationships within the industry.”

Maaz Sheikh, president of Starz Play added: "Starz Play has a unique opportunity to fill a market need and offer the growing Internet savvy population of the region the best in TV and movie content, with high-value anytime, anywhere convenience and control, at an affordable price point.

Starz Play will be available in 17 countries and territories throughout the region, including Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Algeria, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Palestine, and Tunisia.

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