Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer, speaking in the fiscal Q3 earnings call said Starz and Lionsgate would be more closely integrated going forwards in order to drive international growth for the streaming platform. Digital TV Europe reported that Starz parent company Lionsgate will break out international subscriber information as a separate line in the company’s financials going forward.
Feltheimer said the integration would enable Starz “to scale effectively across multiple territories with our existing partners with whom we’ve already launched and with new global players preparing to enter the marketplace”. These include the Starz Play Arabia OTT service operating across the MENA region, in which Starz is an investor.
Feltheimer said ‘any additional launches would be very financially efficient in the [sense] of including various launch partners as well as use for our own content”. He also took the opportunity to thank Chris Albrecht, who departs as President and CEO of Starz
Speaking on the Lionsgate earnings call, Starz COO Jeff Hirsch said they plan to utilize StarzPlay Arabia’s technical platform to serve as a vehicle for international expansion, and said they are looking to use the platform for the possible launch of the service in “into India or South Africa”.
Feltheimer announced to the media that Starzplay Arabia now had over one million subscribers. Internationally, the service is also available on Amazon Prime in the UK and Germany and on Virgin Media’s platform in the UK.