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Watch Starz and Encore without Cable

Near the end of 2015 Amazon Prime added Starz as a premium channel that could be added to your prime subscription. This was big news for Fans of “Outlander”, “Ash vs. Evil Dead”, and “Black Sails.” Since then, Starz has completely embraced the direct to customer model that premium channels like Showtime and HBO adopted last year. Today, I want to go over all the ways those without cable TV can watch Encore and Starz online.

Starz On Sling TV

Sling TV now offers a Starz Add-On package that provides access to Starz and Encore. The Starz Add on pack is available to both Sling Blue and Orange customers for just $9 per month.

You can check my full review of Sling TV for more details. If you aren’t a Sling TV subscriber, you can sign up for their 7-day free trial, and check out Starz along with everything else Sling TV has to offer.

Starz on Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime is now offering Starz as add-on package for 8.99 per month. This is part of their “Streaming Partners Program” and no cable TV subscription is necessary. While Showtime is already available to cord cutters, this is big news for those looking to watch Starz and have an Amazon Prime subscription.

I have long thought Amazon Prime was a better cord cutting solution for a back catalog of movies and TV shows. The addition of Starz makes Amazon Prime a great candidate to replace Netflix for those looking to consolidate streaming services.

If you do not already have Amazon Prime, you can sign up here for a 30 day free trial. During the trial, you can try both Showtime and Starz free for 7 days. You can add the additional subscription package through your Amazon Prime channel on Roku and Amazon Fire TV, or sign up through your account on their website.

The Starz App

The Starz App costs $8.99 per month and is simply called “Starz.” In essence, it consolidates the “Starz Play”, “Encore Play”, and “MoviePlex” apps into one app that can be enjoyed by both cord cutters and Pay TV subscribers alike.

The Starz App is supported on Roku, 4th Gen Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, and Android TV devices. You can also use the Starz App on iOS and Android tablets and phones. Your iOS device is also a way to use watch Starz on your old Apple TV via Airplay. This also works with an android device and Google Chromecast.

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Dennis Restauro :Dennis is the founder of Grounded Reason. He also hosts the Grounded Reason Podcast. Follow him on Twitter: Follow Dennis on Twitter

View Comments (7)

  • Hi

    I'm about to cut my cable services. I will get a roku3, antenna and a Tablo OTA DVR. Will I be able to subscribe to premium channels on my Roku3 such as starz, Max, Showtime and Disney XD


  • We just cut ourTV thru Spectrum and trying to find a way to watch Starz on our Visio TV.
    Looks like Amazon Prime is the way to go. Is our TV compatible?

  • Does the Amazon Prime package include the Starz Encore Western channel?

    • No encore westerns,mystery,romance etc. I love encore westerns watch old western series like gunsmoke , wagon train , Cheyenne and many others but if you get starz streaming channel you will not get encore unless you stream directv now but their channels suck

    • Many, if not all of the contact should be available on demand through the Starz streaming server (which is available through prime). Try it out for a month and see if anything you like is missing. There is no contract so you can just drop it if you aren't happy.