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When streaming subscription services like Netflix first began to appear, they changed the world of television. Cable and satellite providers were put on notice, and more and more people began to cut the cord. But not all legacy TV companies were left behind. Premium channels were among the best adapters, and it wasn't long before all of the major premium players found ways to make their content available to cord cutters. If someone asked us “What is Starz?” a decade ago, we'd tell them that it was a premium cable network. But, today, Starz is more than that. It's a premium channel on non-cable forms of pay TV, like skinny bundles, and it's also a streaming service in its own right: you can subscribe and watch Starz online, no cable required.
All of this means that Starz is very much in our wheelhouse here at Cordcutting.com, which is why we're taking the time here to break down everything that you need to know about Starz, while linking out to our other Starz-related content within the site.
The reason that premium channels like Starz and its competitors were so prepared to make the shift to streaming is that they already operated like streaming services. Premium channels aired licensed Hollywood content ad-free. They also had their own content – channels like Starz and HBO were making their own TV shows long before Netflix and Amazon thought of it.
There's a lot of competition in the streaming world, so whether or not a Starz subscription is worth it to you comes down to one question above all others: what shows and movies are on Starz? Here's a sampling of what's available to stream on Starz right now.
There's much more to watch on Starz than this, of course, and Starz's licensed content library changes a bit from month to month. For a complete look, just head over to Starz and check out the full catalog!
One of the great things about streaming video is how convenient it is: you can watch whatever you want wherever you want and on whatever device you want. Or, at least, you can do that if you favorite streaming services offer apps for the devices in question! So which devices can you use to watch Starz?
Well, that depends on how you get Starz. Here, we'll concentrate on the devices that you can use to view Starz content through the Starz app. This is how you'll watch Starz if you subscribe to Starz directly.
But we should note that you can also get Starz through streaming marketplaces like Amazon's Amazon Channels service, as well as through skinny bundle services like Sling TV as an add-on. If you choose one of those methods, you'll want to check out the platform support offered by those apps and platforms. Again, the list below is for Starz's own app and standalone subscriptions.
If you subscribe to Starz directly, you'll pay $8.99 per month. That's less than HBO and slightly less than some other premium channel peers (such as Showtime, which costs $10.99 per month).
Starz costs roughly the same amount no matter which way you choose to subscribe. Go through Amazon, and you'll pay $8.99 per month. Add Starz to Sling TV, and you'll pay $9 per month (on top of whatever you're paying per month for the rest of your subscription – when you're dealing with a skinny bundle, you'll need to have a live TV base bundle before you can tack on add-on offers like Starz). Starz costs $5.99 per month as an add-on to a DIRECTV Stream subscription.
Want to pay less for Starz? Then keep your eye out for one of Starz's deals and promotional offers. We're always looking for ways to save you money, so check back with us from time to time to see what's available in the moment.
One deal that's always available is Starz's free trial offer. We'll explain that one in just a moment!
If you're not quite sure yet if Starz is right for you (or if you just want some sweet live TV for free for a week), then you should check out Starz's free trial offer. Starz will let you test out its service for seven days before you pay, as long as you're a new customer. You can sign up for Starz's free trial here.
Some of the other services that you can sign up for Starz through match that seven-day free trial offer, including Amazon.
Starz is nice, but nobody wants to be locked into a long-term contract with a premium channel. That can happen with cable, but not with a direct subscription to Starz. When you sign up for Starz, your subscription will renew monthly. If you ever feel like canceling (and we'll show you how to do so in just a moment), you can: your subscription will end as soon as your current billing period is over. As we just explained, you're billed once a month. So, for example, if you cancel right after you make a payment, then you'll have no future payments and a month left on your service.
If you decide Starz isn't right for you, then you'll want to know how to cancel Starz. We've got you covered.
If you signed up for Starz directly on Starz.com, then you'll just have to go back to Starz's website in your browser, log in, and navigate to Subscription > CANCEL MY SUBSCRIPTION. Click that, and you'll be on your way.
But keep in mind that you can only cancel on Starz.com if you signed up for Starz on Starz.com – if you signed up for the service on a different device or through a different service, you'll have to go back to that platform to cancel. If you used Amazon, for instance, you'll have to log into Amazon and head to Memberships & Subscriptions to find your Starz cancellation option. On Roku, you'll be looking for the Manage Your Subscriptions menu. A general tip: whatever platform you're on, look for the word “Subscriptions” and use the main platform/device menus, not the ones within the Starz app, to find your cancellation button.
Remember, your cancellation will take effect at the end of the billing period – essentially, you're just keeping your Starz subscription from renewing. You'll still have service for the billing period (month) that you most recently paid for.
We've covered all of the basic stuff you need to know about Starz, and we've linked out to even more of our Starz-related content. But there's still more Starz news, tips, and more here on Cordcutting.com. Check back with us on our home page from time to time, and type “Starz” into our search bar to check out Starz-related content in our archives.