Albrecht: No Stand-Alone Service Planned #TCA15

Pasadena, Calif. -- Starz has no interest in offering its premium content directly to consumers but would consider streaming its product through third-party distributors, according to Starz CEO Chris Albrecht.

Albrecht, answering questions during Starz’ Television Critics Association Winter press tour, said that the network has no interest in offering its content through a stand-alone streaming service, but would consider partnering with other distributors offering a package of content over the web.

“We’re interested in talking to those people and there might be discussions,” Albrecht said. “We want to make sure we’re packaged and priced correctly.”

In other announcements, the network said it will embark on its first original movie, The Dresser.

The movie, based on Ronald Harwood’s classic play of the same name, follows the exploits of a dresser for British actor/manager Sir Donald Wolfit during World War II. The Dresser stars Anthony Hopkins (Noah, Thor, Silence of the Lambs) and Ian McKellen (The Hobbit franchise, X-Men franchise, Lord of the Rings franchise).

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