It seems like every premium cable channel now fancies itself a Netflix competitor, and Starz is no exception. The HBO competitor has tried to break into the OTT world with a couple different apps, and it's also now available as an add-on subscription for Amazon Prime. Is it worth your hard-earned money? Let's take a look. User Experience From the beginning, the Starz experience is reminiscent of HBO NOW‘s. To create a streaming account, you'll have to go through either the iOS App Store or the Google Play store. The service is very much native to mobile devices. Starz's app sorts its content by type and then sorts it further into sliding rows. The content is laid out simply but effectively in the Starz app, though the service prefers to sort them into rows or recommendation rather than allowing you to look through them alphabetically (as is possible with HBO GO). Starz's on-screen controls (screenshot from iOS) On mobile, the service uses familiar on-screen controls – tap the screen during a program and you'll be able to pause, move in ten-second jumps, or seek with a slider. The service also offers an in-browser web app, which was decent enough, though it lacked a back button on some screens (I had to use my browser's back button). On platforms other than mobile devices and computers, however, Starz is a bit harder to use. On Roku and Fire TV, you have to use an app called Starz Play (an app that's also available on Android, for some reason). Starz Play is a big step down from the regular mobile app, and for some reason it seems to be missing some of the movies that are available through the flagship app. It also presents its movies in one big list in no apparent order. For the Prime add-on subscription, the user experience is, of course, the same as Prime – the Starz content just gets sorted into the Amazon interface. Oddly, your Prime login won't get you access to the Starz app, so the two are mutually exclusive options. Check out our review of Amazon Prime for more on the Amazon Prime user experience. Content Starz's content is an interesting mix, but for the most part it lags sorely behind HBO. Its best-known original series include Outlander, Ash vs. Evil Dead (based on the Evil Dead films), Camelot, and The Girlfriend Experience. The service also boasts a fair number of movies, though these are a decidedly mixed bag – beloved films like Dances With Wolves and Monsters Inc. share space with forgettable movies like I, Robot (with Will Smith – remember?). Still, I was pretty impressed with the number of quality films in the catalog. Starz fans probably already realized this, but I was a little surprised to find that Starz also includes a solid collection of classic TV shows – programs like Gunsmoke, The Jeffersons, Magnum, P.I., and the A-Team. Streaming Quality Streaming quality was pretty impressive and consistent across all of the devices (and apps) that I tried. It was very smooth on mobile (I used iOS on Verizon and Android on Wi-Fi) and worked well on Amazon Fire TV and Roku, too. HD programs were in HD, loading times were short, and all in all, I really don't have much to complain about in this section. Platforms I touched on this in the User Experience section, but Starz doesn't have a real unified multi-platform approach – instead, it has a few different apps for a few different platforms. A “Starz Streaming” subscription can be started via iOS or Android, and the apps for those platforms are quite good. On streaming boxes, however, you'll have to use Starz Play (which is also available for Android) and log in with your Stars Streaming info. Starz Play, as I mentioned, had a less impressive user interface. Finally, Starz is also available as an add-on for Amazon Prime. That option integrates Starz content into Prime's interface (see our Amazon Prime review for more details on that experience). In streaming quality, at least, all of these options ended up being similarly strong. But the user interface differences were notable. Price Starz Streaming costs $8.99/month, which is less than HBO NOW ($14.99/month) but pretty similar to what standalone streaming services like Hulu and Netflix usually charge. The price is the same if you go through Amazon, but remember, that means you'll use Amazon's apps to access Starz – not the Starz apps we focused on here. Verdict Starz has some solid content, but its OTT offerings are less than stellar. While the user experience is pleasant on mobile devices and computers, it falls flat on streaming boxes. For fans of its original series, Starz might make sense as an Amazon add-on. But in my opinion, it's worth paying more to get HBO's better original series, and Netflix's movie selection is still the best option for non-original content. Even ignoring content, Starz lags behind its competitors because of user experience issues.