UPDATE, 12: 00 PM: No word from Starz execs about when they might announce a digital streaming deal to replace the one with Netflix, which expires in February. “There are a lot of conversations going on,” Starz CEO Chris Albrecht told analysts today. “It’s a road that needs to be evaluated almost on a weekly basis.” The company hopes to license programs from its premium channel to a premium-priced streaming service – meaning, one that charges more than Netflix. As more companies enter the online video market “they’ll begin to segment and differentiate,” says Liberty Media CEO Greg Maffei. “That’s something we would embrace.” Albrecht said that “we didn’t believe it was appropriate to have our products included in a low-cost service.” Do they really expect lots of consumers to pay high prices in this weak economy — especially with the anemic numbers cable and satellite companies are posting for premium channels? At Starz the 3Q sub figure was READ MORE »
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By DAVID LIEBERMAN, Executive Editor | Tuesday November 8, 2011 @ 6:34am PSTTags: Boss, Encore, Hulu Plus, John Malone, Liberty Media, Liberty Media Earnings, Liberty Starz Group, Netflix, Netflix Online Rights, Starz Entertaiment
By DAVID LIEBERMAN, Executive Editor | Tuesday August 9, 2011 @ 8:16am PDTTags: Encore, John Malone, Liberty Media, Liberty Media Earnings, QVC, Starz
The odd collection of stocks controlled by John Malone’s Liberty Media are enjoying a nice pop today after the company reported generally upbeat 2Q data. Shares of Liberty Starz are up 5.2% at mid-day. The company says that …
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