06
May
STARZ

Are you tired of seeing Starz on your television screen? Do you want to watch Starz as you sit on your back porch? Wouldn't it be great to have your favorite Starz content available on the go? If you feel this way, thank your lucky Starz, because the Play Store has just been hit by a trio of video streaming apps that allow you to see Starz wherever your heart desires.

The Starz trio includes STARZ Play ...

StarzPlay1 StarzPlay2 StarzPlay3

ENCORE Play...

EncorePlay1 EncorePlay2 EncorePlay3

And MOVIEPLEX Play.

MovieplexPlay1 MovieplexPlay2 MovieplexPlay3

As you've probably noticed, the interface is largely consistent across the three apps. If you've used Netflix, Hulu Plus, or Crackle on Android before, then nothing here will surprise you. The apps grant you access to a steady supply of featured programming, original series, and movies. As long as you have a Starz subscription, you're good to go.

Well, almost. The apps are currently available for Cox, AT&T U-verse, Directv, and Verizon subscribers. Since I have Comcast, I can install the apps and browse the selection of content, but I can't watch anything. If you're luckier than I am, snatch up the apps from the Play Store below.

Update: Comcast subscribers can access all of their Starz content using Xfinity TV Player instead. It's not quite the same experience, but it gets the job done.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Nathaniel Webb

    I applaud the effort of the company to bring more content to it's subscribers. However, I can't help but think it's a step backwards to the overall effort to move away from the locked-in support model of current content providers. Of course, that assumes the majority of Americans want to leave this model, which, I'm sure is not the case, currently.

    • John O’Connor

      Many would if they could. It is not as if the Networks will open up their services in an a la carte style direct-to-user monthly service charge like Netflix or Hulu Plus. I would much rather pay for the premium services I want and cut all of the fluff that is tied into cable tv providers. Most of the "normal" content can be had through Hulu Plus, what is lacking is the premiums such as Starz, Showtime, HBO and all of their sub affiliates. This may have something to do with present contracts among Cable Providers or Satellite hosts of their services.

      • Nathaniel Webb

        The networks' lack of vision in regards to snubbing the ala-carte pricing model is precisely why I think we should all leave that old way of thinking. However, just like cell phone contracts, the American way of thinking is always slow to change.

    • WHO?

      Of course thats the case. No one wants all these channels and bundle it all up with internet and phone for $200. The thing is networks make way to much money from providers to allow you to choose your own channels. It want be till another 5-10 yrs consumers stop paying for cable because of the internet. When cable companies fall, consumers and rejoice and .pick what channels they want. But.... You want have a large selection. As the channels you don't watch are still being paid by you for someone else to watch.

  • Drew DeNardo

    Bertel: Comcast has their own Player application that has all of the same content from these networks (assuming that you subscribe to these networks already). The Comcast Player application also lets you take most of the content from these networks with you offline with their Download-To-Go feature.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Thanks, Drew. I was wondering about this too.

    • Glenn Davis

      HBO to Go has more content than the Xfinity App. Example. Game of Thrones, Season 1 is on HBO to Go, but not on Xfinity anywhere.

      • Drew DeNardo

        Glenn: Comcast (and the other cable providers) have different content deals with each network. It may not be a coincidence that Comcast does give their subscribers access to HBO Go.

        As an aside, I just checked my copy of the XFINITY TV Player application and I see episodes 1-10 of Season 1 of Game of Thrones available for streaming. If you see something different in your application please let us know!

    • http://twitter.com/bertelking Bertel King, Jr.

      Thanks for pointing this out. I've added this information to the post.

  • John O’Connor

    Finally! An app that works with Cox

    • WHO?

      Its not the app/network fault. Its Cox exclusive licensing agreement. Most all other large providers allow networks to stream from users devices now.

  • WeaponZero

    Does HDMI out work?

  • http://twitter.com/Hugh2D2 I’m only Hugh, man

    Fails without a cable free subscription option.

  • TomasHunter

    These apps all sound great! I will probably check out their features when I get home from my shift at DISH tonight. My concern is that they won't offer anything unique. I have tried all of the network apps available, and none really live up to my DISH Anywhere app. It streams ALL of my live TV channels, and I can stream any of my DVR recordings too. Why load my phone up with dozens of TV apps when I get everything I need from one?

  • morjoie

    The announcement of these apps was good news to me. A way to access content when offline would be even better. What is very disappointing, however, is implementation. Neither the Starz or Encore apps will work with certain phones or tablets. For example, they won't work with my Asus Transformer Infinity T700 at all. But they both work very well on my Nexus 7 tablet. The developer's explanation that the problems are caused by low bandwidth doesn't hold up as I use my tablets on Verizon Fios with bandwidth that far exceeds their minimum requirements. I've noticed there have been numerous complaints from users, however, the developer has been slow to address problems.