Having just shuttered its own download service, Starz has shifted its 2,500 movies, concerts, and TV shows to Netflix's streaming service. The titles add significantly to the instant-viewing option on Netflix, which now boasts more than 15,000 choices available across a broadband link.
The Starz library adds badly needed first-run flicks to the Netflix service. Using a Roku Player, we always find something to watch when we flip through the instant Netflix choices. We'll be searching less and watching more with Starz titles like No Country for Old Men, Superbad and Ratatouille.
Oddly, Netflix has added a new subscription option for viewers who just want the Starz choices—whoever they might be. That subscription will cost $8 a month. Who wouldn't pay an extra $1 to get unlimited access to all 15,000 titles, plus a Netflix DVD in the mail?
That overpriced subscription looks like something Starz must have demanded. Double oddly, it's $2 a month more than Starz is charging through a partnership with Verizon for unlimited downloads. Huh? Starz has the look of a channel thrashing about, throwing movies at the wall to see what sticks.
Whatever, we're glad they threw them all at Netflix.