Starz Follows HBO, Showtime Over-the-Top

Following the lead of its better regarded rivals, Starz introduced a direct to consumer retail service, hoping that a cheap price will appeal to potential subscribers.

Starz costs $8.99 per month and is available via Apple and Google.

The service allows subscribers to download original series and movies and allows up to four users to watch simultaneously.

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HBO launched HBO Now last year and has about 800,000 subscribers. On Monday it announced that Bill Simmons will produce an aftershow for Game of Thrones. Season 6 of the popular series launched later this month.

CBS says it expects its Showtime over-the-top service to generate about $400 million in incremental revenue by 2020. The service will exclusively carry the latest installment in the Star Trek saga.

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