Starz Play and Warner Bros ink multi-year deal

Deal includes exclusive series that will be available from January 2017
Content includes fantasy comic series DC's Legends of Tomorrow.
Content includes fantasy comic series DC's Legends of Tomorrow.


Dubai-based streaming service Starz Play has signed a multi-year agreement with Warner Bros International Television Distribution.

The deal with one of the world’s largest distributors of feature films, television programs and animation will enable Starz Play to acquire more premium content from a leading Hollywood studio.

From January, Starz Play will have access to hit TV shows such as superhero show The Flash, fantasy comic series DC's Legends of Tomorrow, action-adventure Supergirl, and the mysterious crime drama Blindspot.

Also included in the deal will be the ability to stream on-demand all ten seasons of what is arguably the most popular television series of all time – the 62 Primetime Emmy Award-winning Friends.

Khaled Benchouche, SVP of programming and acquisition at Starz Play, said: “This is a landmark deal which adds some of the most demanded and searched titles to our library. We have been successful in attracting top studios to our platform and we are delighted to work with Warner Bros which is one of the most reputable names in the industry.”

“Superhero movies and series have always been one of the most popular genres on our platform, and our deal with Warner Bros will enable us to provide amazing TV shows such as The Flash and DC's Legends of Tomorrow to our subscribers. Starz Play is targeting a leadership position within the regional entertainment industry and this deal will help us to become the number one choice for entertainment fans in MENA,” he added.

Said Jeffrey Schlesinger, president, Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution: "We are pleased to continue our relationship with Starz Play that will now give their subscribers access to several of our marquee series and the opportunity to discover this programs for the first time or catch up on missed episodes."

Starz Play subscribers can now enjoy more than 6,000 hours of entertainment, including 1,800 hours of dedicated Arabic content and more than 2,500 hours dubbed into French. Developed exclusively for the MENA region, Starz Play also features one-click Arabic subtitling plus Arabic and French user interface options.


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