Starz Play has agreed to a multi-year licensing agreement with US television studio CBS Studios International for exclusive digital rights to bring premium content from Showtime and CBS to the region.
Exclusive series and full TV box sets will be available to Starz Play subscribers on demand, including the first two seasons of Showtime drama series; Penny Dreadful, Ray Donovan and The Affair, along with the three summer event series from CBS; Under The Dome, Extant and Zoo. A number of these titles will premiere on STARZ Play shortly after being broadcast in the US.
Maaz Sheikh, President of STARZ Play, says in a press statement: “We are delighted to be working with CBS Studios International to bring their premium content to the region with this exclusive deal. This deal meets the rising demand for premium OTT content by the region’s burgeoning young population and recognizes the unique opportunity the Middle East market presents. We look forward to a long and fruitful partnership.”
“We are excited to partner with STARZ Play to bring our world-class programming to the region on this new and growing digital platform,” adds Armando Nuñez, President and CEO, CBS Global Distribution Group. “This deal is another great example of the growing licensing opportunities available for premium content from CBS in a very dynamic digital marketplace.”
Starz Play launched in April this year across 17 countries in MENA. It provides over 3500 hours of movies and TV series anytime, anywhere and on up to five devices for the equivalent of just $12.99 per month with a one month free trial.
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