Starz Joins Hulu Streaming Platform

Starz, a Lionsgate subsidiary, on Oct. 23 announced that its app is now available on Hulu, including the online TV service “Hulu with Live TV.”

Hulu, which is co-owned by 20th Century Fox, The Walt Disney Co., Comcast and WarnerMedia, said its 20+ million subscribers can now add the Starz app (for $8.99 monthly fee) and gain access to the network’s live Starz and Starz Encore pay-TV channels, in addition to on-demand current and past seasons of original series “Outlander,” “Power,” “Vida,” “Counterpart,” and “American Gods,” among others.

Movies include Sony Pictures Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Spider-Man: Homecoming, among others.

Hulu with Live TV ($39.99) includes live and on-demand programming from more than 50 sports, news, entertainment and kids’ channels, including CNN, Fox News, ESPN, TBS and local ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC channels.

In a previously announced deal, Hulu has been the exclusive subscription streaming home to past seasons of Starz original series “Power.” Since “Power” launched on Hulu last year, subscribers have streamed nearly 50 million hours of the series.

All past episodes of the drama series through season four are currently available on-demand to all Hulu subs, and now with the Starz app, users can watch all episodes of “Power” – including season five – on supported devices.

Starz joins HBO and Cinemax as premium add-on apps available to Hulu subs. Hulu subscription plans include its $7.99 per month “limited commercials” plan; $11.99 per month “no commercials” plan and the Hulu with Live TV plan.

Morgan Stanley: Netflix Tops in Original Programming

With Netflix spending upwards of $8 billion on original content this year, it might be relieved to know consumers reportedly appreciate the product, according to Morgan Stanley.

The investment bank – and Netflix financial advisor – found that 39% of survey respondents felt Netflix offered superior original programming compared to HBO (14%), Amazon Prime Video (5%), Hulu (4%), Showtime (3%), Starz (2%) and Cinemax (1%).

Morgan Stanley citied Netflix programs such as “Stranger Things,” “House of Cards,” “Black Mirror,” and “Lost in Space,” for driving consumer interest.

HBO hitmakers include “Game of Thrones,” and “Westworld.”

The online survey of 3,100 respondents was conducted in March.

Fifth Cinemax Season of ‘Strike Back’ Available for Digital Download May 7, on Disc Aug. 14

HBO Home Entertainment will release the fifth season of the Cinemax action series “Strike Back” via digital download May 7, with a Blu-ray and DVD release coming Aug. 14.

Strike Back: The Complete Fifth Season features a new team of soldiers, including Sergeant Thomas ‘Mac’ McAllister (Warren Brown of The Dark Knight Rises), Sergeant Samuel Wyatt (Daniel MacPherson, Infini), Lance Corporal Gracie Novan (Alin Sumarwata, Burning Man) and Captain Natalie Reynolds (Roxanne McKee, “Game of Thrones,” “Crossfire”), helping track down a notorious terrorist after a brutal prison break.

“Strike Back” originally aired a season in the United Kingdom before coming to Cinemax, making this the sixth season overall and fifth to air in the United States.