Starz (pronounced “stars”) is an American premium cable and satellite TV network which works as Starz Inc.’s flagship service. Starz’s programming features theatrically published motion pictures and first-run original TV series.
The head office of Starz and its sister networks Starz Encore and MoviePlex are located at the Meridian International Business Center complex in Englewood, Colorado. As of January 2016, Starz is accessible to 31 million households in the United States.
Starz, at the moment stylized as “Starz!” with an exclamation mark, was started at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time on February 1, 1994, originally on cable systems operated by Tele-Communications Inc.; the first two movies aired on the network were dramas published in 1992: respectively, Scent of a Woman and The Crying Game. The system was initially run as a co-investment between TCI and Liberty Media (John Malone managed both companies), with TCI holding a 50.1% controlling benefit in the channel.