Despite numerous attempts by Optimum to reach a deal with Starz, it is no longer carried on Optimum's TV lineup.
How'd we get here?
Every month, Optimum pays TV networks, like Starz, to carry their channels. When we negotiate these terms, we look closely at what is in the best interest of all of our customers. We understand that some of our customers really love Starz, however the vast majority of our customers do not watch it. That's the reason we offered Starz a deal that would allow us to offer their channels to only those customers that watch it. Starz refused. They insisted on a deal that would force all of our customers - including those that do not watch Starz - to pay for it. If we had agreed to the terms Starz insisted on every customer's bill would have gone up, and for this reason Starz and StarzEncore are no longer carried on Optimum.
Can I still get Starz?
Yes. All you need to do is go directly to starz.com or the Starz iOS/Android app.
By refusing to agree to terms that are bad for our customers, like those proposed by Starz, we are able to invest in enhancing the overall entertainment and connectivity experience for our customers.
We know losing access to programming is difficult, which is why we've launched more movie channels, including Sony Movies, MGM HD, and Hallmark Drama, and we've made channels such as The Movie Channel more widely available. We also recently reached agreements with OTT streaming services like Netflix, YouTube and Pandora, with many more to come. Our brand-new entertainment and connectivity platform, Altice One, offers Live TV, streaming apps, internet, whole home WiFi and a voice activated remote, all-in-one experience.
We also continue to roll out enhanced data services to our customers, and are currently building a next-generation fiber-to-the-home network, making us the only major U.S. cable provider to have announced a large-scale fiber deployment for its footprint.
Optimum Preferred / Select
In addition to Hallmark Drama and The Cowboy Channel, you'll also enjoy FLIX.
Optimum Silver / Premier
In addition to Hallmark Drama, The Cowboy Channel, Sony Movie Channel and MGM HD, you'll also enjoy FLIX and TMC.