More than a year after announcing an agreement with Bell Media, Starz has officially arrived in Canada as an add-on for Crave, which now has 2.3 million subscribers.
Crave subscribers can get Starz as a $5.99-per-month add-on and get access to Starz original programming, select library titles and classic films. Crave also offers HBO, Showtime, Hollywood hit movies and Vice. Crave officially relaunched in November 2018 after combining CraveTV, HBO Canada and Bell Media’s The Movie Network.
Crave is priced at $9.99 per month and offers a $19.98-per-month package that includes Crave Originals, current Showtime programming, select HBO library content and previous seasons of some current HBO hits, a collection of Vice programming as well as HBO’s current lineup of series, movies, documentaries, specials and more Hollywood movies.
“Bringing Starz to Canada is testimony to the continued commitment to offer our viewers exclusive, premium programming at an unparalleled value,” said Tracey Pearce, president of distribution and pay for Bell Media, in a statement. “Our amazing partners at Starz have been integral to this mandate with their genre-bending, stand-out programming, making the addition of Starz a must-have for discerning Canadian viewers.”
Starz subscribers in Canada will also have access to programming on two television channels and the SVOD platforms of participating television providers.
Last September, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer said that Starz had surpassed 3 million OTT subscribers in the U.S. In February, Starz announced that it added 1.1 million subscribers during the third quarter and ended the period with 25.1 million overall domestic subscribers. The company attributed the increase to strong OTT subscriber growth.
"We're pleased to report a strong quarter with significant free cash flow and continued revenue and subscriber growth at Starz," said Feltheimer. "As we refill our feature film and television pipelines at a robust pace and take our integration of Lionsgate and Starz to the next level, all signs are pointing to strong growth in the year ahead."