March 6, 2019
As expected, Starz has officially launched service across the northern border in Canada. The Lionsgate-owned media company is now available via two Bell Media pay-TV linear channels as well as a $5.99 monthly add-on to Bell’s standalone over-the-top video platform Crave.ca.
The Canadian presence follows launch of Starz Play Arabia in 2015, which is currently available in 17 countries in the Middle East.
Starz presence in Canada aims to counter Netflix, which bowed service in the country in 2010 and now reportedly has more than six million subscribers.
To do that, Starz is offering original programming, select library titles, and classic films from all eras, including new millennial comedy series, “Now Apocalypse,” from filmmaker Gregg Araki (Kaboom, winner of the first-ever Queer Palm Award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2010).
Streaming March 10 before its television premiere on Starz that evening, the new, coming-of-age, half-hour comedy series was an official selection of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, and stars Canadian actor Avan Jogia, as well as Tyler Posey, Kelli Berglund, Beau Mirchoff, and Roxane Mesquida.
Other original content includes spy-thriller, “The Rook,” premiering this summer; past seasons of “Power, Party Down, and “TheGirlfriend Experience”; critical darlings “Vida” and “Sweetbitter”; in addition to hundreds of movies.
Catalog series include:
- AMERICA TO ME, Season 1 (March 10)
- BLACK SAILS, Season 1-4
- BOSS, Season 1-2
- COUNTERPART, Season 1-2
- DAN VS., Season 1-3
- DAVINCI’S DEMONS, Season 1-3
- THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE, Season 1
- MAGIC CITY, Season 1-2 (April)
- NOW APOCALPYSE (March 10)
- PARTY DOWN, Season 1-2
- POWER, Season 1-4 (Season 5 coming soon)
- SURVIVOR’S REMORSE, Season 1-4
- SWEETBITTER, Season 1 (new season 2019)
- VIDA, Season 1 (new season 2019)
- WARRIORS OF LIBERTY CITY (coming soon)
- THE WHITE QUEEN
- THE WHITE PRINCESS
- WRONG MAN