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Verizon Takes Starz’s Broadband Play

Verizon Communications will offer Starz Entertainment’s Starz Play online movie service to its 8.5 million broadband customers, and the telco also secured distribution rights for FiOS TV to all 16 Starz movie channels, high-definition channels and video-on-demand offerings.

Verizon will offer Starz Play for $5.99 per month. The telco’s broadband customers can subscribe to the service at

The service allows unlimited viewing of more than 1,000 movies, including Ratatouille, Spider-Man 3 and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, and 1,500 other video titles from anywhere in the United States.

Starz Play is a rebranded version of Vongo, which Starz sells directly to consumers for $9.99 per month.

In addition to on-demand movies and video, Starz Play includes a live, streaming East Coast feed of the Starz TV channel.

Movies scheduled to be available this year through Starz Play include Superbad, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, No Country for Old Men, Wild Hogs, Mad Money and Enchanted.

Starz Play also will feature original content from Starz including the recently announced series Crash, comedy series Head CaseandHollywood Residential.