Starz Will No Longer Be Available On Netflix

Starz, LLC, President and Chief Executive Officer, Chris Albrecht, issued the following statement today regarding the status of affiliation agreement renewal discussions with Netflix.

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“Starz Entertainment has ended contract renewal negotiations with Netflix. When the agreement expires on February 28, 2012, Starz will cease to distribute its content on the Netflix streaming platform. This decision is a result of our strategy to protect the premium nature of our brand by preserving the appropriate pricing and packaging of our exclusive and highly valuable content. With our current studio rights and growing original programming presence, the network is in an excellent position to evaluate new opportunities and expand its overall business.”

This may be the beginning of a trend for Netflix as some of the licensing deals they have in place come up for renewal and content owners want a higher premium. There you have it folks, in a few short months Starz will be leaving Netflix. What do you think, does it change how much you value Netflix?

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