Cable Technology Feature Article
Time Warner Cable Deal with Starz Extends 'TV Everywhere'
By Shawn Hebert, TMCnet Contributing Writer
Time Warner (News - Alert) Cable has reached a new agreement with Starz that will allow its customers to have access to Starz's 12 multiplex networks plus MoviePlex, Indieplex and Retroplex, as well as additional video-on-demand titles and TV Everywhere.
As part of its TV everywhere initiative, Time Warner Cable will offer 24/7 online destinations that will deliver its extensive library of premium movies and original programming annually, giving subscribers the opportunity to watch both Starz and Encore content on a variety of connected devices including PCs, Macs, iPhone, iPad and select Android (News - Alert) devices.
Time Warner Cable is the fifth pay TV provider to take Starz's TV Everywhere services, in addition to DirecTV, Cox Communications, Verizon FiOS and AT&T (News - Alert) U-verse TV. Comcast and Dish Network have rights to Starz's content through their own portals as well.
“We are excited to provide our customers with access to these new innovative products and services through our agreement with Starz,” said Susan Weinstein, Time Warner Cable’s group veep of content acquisition. “This is another example of our commitment to bring TV Everywhere to our customers, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to continue our partnership with Starz”
Earlier in the week, Time Warner Cable revealed it was also looking to re-shape its customer service structure. The company touted its new one hour appointment window on weekdays and expanded appointment hours on weekends, tripling the number of service appointments on Saturday and Sunday it used to complete. In addition, the cable provider is also deploying a newly implemented SMS communications system that will inform customers when a technician is en route to their destination.
Details on the Time Warner Cable and Starz deal including the length of the renewal have not yet been not been disclosed. However, subscribers are expected to have access to the new features within the next month.
Edited by Jamie Epstein