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  • Last update: 2 years ago
  • Version: Varies with device
  • Size: 29.27M
  • Compatibility: Varies with device
  • Author: Starz Entertainment, LLC
  • Content rating: Rated for 12+
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  • Last update: 2 years ago
  • Version: 3.2.3
  • Size: 103 MB
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
  • Author: Starz Entertainment, LLC
  • Content rating: You must be at least 17 years old to download this app.
  • Languages: English
  • In-App Purchases:
  • STARZ® $8.99
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Starz review

The Starz channel joins the mainstream and launches a Netflix-like app, which offers you a variety of original TV shows and movies with a single subscription.

Let’s take a look whether this HBO and Netflix competitor is worth your hard-earned money.

Functionality 4,5/5

You can start your free trial and check out all the functions and content for a month. The Starz app lets you download full movies and TV shows to watch them offline. So, that’s a premium entertainment you can take with you anywhere.

If you are already a subscriber, you can just download the app and enjoy it on your mobile device right away.

Here are the features you get as a subscriber:

  • Full downloads of original series and movies;
  • Starz original series;
  • The biggest box office smashes;
  • Weekly updates with new movies and original series;
  • A different genre for every mood or occasion.

Design 5/5

The Starz app has a stylish dark design with original HD posters and minimalistic icons. There are three sections on the main interface — Featured, Series, and Movies — which you can switch by swiping left or right.

Streaming quality is also pretty impressive and consistent across all of the compatible devices. It’s very smooth on Android and iOS platforms.

Usability 4,5/5

The service is very much native to mobile devices, so we can’t complain about its performance. The Starz experience is reminiscent if HBO Now’s, though it has certain differences.

The content is laid out simply and effectively, though the service sorts it into rows or recommendations, more like Netflix rather than HBO Now, which allows looking through the content alphabetically.
On mobile devices, the Starz service uses familiar on-screen controls, where you can tap the screen during a show and pause it, move it in ten-second jumps, or seek with a slider.

The app’s overall performance is great. HD programs are always in HD, loading time is short, and the interface is smooth and intuitive, so you can switch the screens really fast searching for the movies and TV shows you’d like to watch.

The major downside of the service is that it’s only accessible in the US. In this section, it definitely loses to Netflix, which is available in 190 countries.

Cross-platform use 5/5

The Starz app is compatible with both Android and iOS devices. Android version varies with a device, and iOS version required is 8.1 or later. It works with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

In-app purchases

The app itself is free, but in order to enjoy all the content it provides, you’ll need a subscription, which costs $8,99/month. It is less than HBO Now ($14,99/month) but pretty close to other streaming services like Netflix and Hulu.

Free trial converts to automatically renewing subscription unless it was canceled prior to an expiration of free trial.


The Starz service offers solid content and pleasant user experience on Android and iOS devices. It’s a great option for fans of the channel’s original series, but in my opinion, it’s way overplayed by the competitor by this time.

Netflix has richer movie selection, and HBO has the best original series.

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The Starz service is a great option for the fans of its original series, but overall it has far less quality content than Netflix and HBO Now.

Pros : Pleasant user experience;
Stylish design;
Impressive streaming quality;
A little lower subscription price, compared to the competitors.

Cons : Loses its competitors in terms of content;
Available only in the US.

Functionality 4.5

Design 5.0

Usability 4.5

Cross-platform use 5.0

Average : 4.8

STARZ Version History

  • STARZ v.3.1 for Android 4.1+ Nov. 28, 2016
  • STARZ v.3.0.9 for Android 4.1+ Oct. 17, 2016
  • STARZ v.3.0.8 for Android 4.1+ Oct. 10, 2016
  • STARZ v.3.0.7 for Android 4.1+ Sep. 08, 2016
  • STARZ v.3.0.6 for Android 4.1+ Aug. 17, 2016
  • STARZ v.3.0.5 for Android 4.1+ May. 11, 2016
  • STARZ v.3.0.4 for Android 4.1+ Apr. 27, 2016
  • STARZ v.3.0.3 for Android 4.1+ Apr. 13, 2016
  • STARZ v.3.0.2 for Android 4.1+ Apr. 07, 2016
  • STARZ v.3.0.1 for Android 4.1+ Apr. 04, 2016
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