We may see a lot of announcements like this one as Starz’ online distribution agreement with Netflix approaches its February 28 expiration. The new deal with AT&T expands U-verse’s opportunity to stream Starz programming online. The companies didn’t disclose financial terms.

Dallas, TX and Englewood, Colo. – February 13, 2012 – AT&T and Starz Entertainment, LLC, announced today that the companies agreed to a multi-platform, multi-year extension of the Starz-AT&T U-verse® TV affiliation agreement. The extension covers Starz Entertainment’s premium channels, HD, on-demand, and authenticated online services.

AT&T U-verse TV subscribers enjoy currently 19 Starz Entertainment premium channels and feeds; all 14 distinct STARZ and ENCORE channels (including ENCORE ESPAÑOL), West Coast feeds of the flagship STARZ and ENCORE channels, plus INDIEPLEX, RETROPLEX, and the recently launched MOVIEPLEX.

The agreement also extends AT&T U-verse’s offering of the STARZ ONLINE, ENCORE ONLINE, and newly launched MOVIEPLEX ONLINE authenticated online advanced services for AT&T subscribers to enjoy great premium movie and original content on PCs, Macs, tablets and portable devices via U-verse TV, U-verse Online,  U-verse Tablet and U-verse Mobile.

Starz Entertainment on-demand services for U-verse TV subscribers are five distinct HD channels, including STARZ HD, STARZ KIDS & FAMILY HD, STARZ COMEDY HD, STARZ EDGE HD, and ENCORE HD, an additional STARZ HD (West) feed, and the STARZ ON DEMAND, ENCORE ON DEMAND, MOVIEPLEX ON DEMAND, STARZ HD ON DEMAND, ENCORE HD ON DEMAND, MOVIEPLEX HD ON DEMAND, and STARZ 3D ON DEMAND services.

Financial terms and other deal specifics were not disclosed.

“Starz provides some of the highest quality movie content on television, and AT&T is pleased to have reached an agreement to continue to offer their services to our subscribers across platforms,” said Dan York, president of content, AT&T. “Our agreement with Starz helps us with important strategic content initiatives, and continues to give us more flexibility in the products and services we bring to our customers.”

“AT&T has historically done a tremendous job in selling our premium services to U-verse subscribers. We are very pleased to continue and expand our relationship with AT&T U-verse across various platforms. With such a robust multi-platform content offering, together we are in a strong position to drive further subscriber gains and increases in customer satisfaction,” said Ed Huguez, executive vice president, sales and affiliate relations for Starz Entertainment.

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