The companies did not disclose the financial terms of the agreement. They also didn`t say when Starz would be removed from the packages or how much Comcast customers will charge to subscribe directly to Starz, which offers popular shows like Outlander and Power. The current contract between Comcast and Lionsgate for Starz was due to expire on December 31. The new agreement provides for the content of Lionsgate`s NBCUniversal license for Peacock, whose next streaming service is expected to be launched in April. And Peacock will access Lionsgate movies and TELEVISION shows to broadcast in addition to original series, TELEVISION shows and movies from Universal and other major studios. For customers who currently pay for premium packages, the agreement means that at some point they will have to pay more to observe Starz. As part of the new agreement, the star-prime channel Starz as well as the Starz Encore suite of channels – including Encore, Encore Westerns, Encore Black and Action Encore – and associated video-on-demand content will continue to be available to Xfinity customers with extensive distribution on the Comcast Flex platform and a way to make an orderly transition to a pay-as-you-go business. A new Comcast transport agreement for Starz also eliminates a major roadblock for Lionsgate, as the Premium Channel turns to A-card online and international subscribers in the era of cord cutting. The latest pact was preceded by Comcast`s warning to Xfinity customers that they would lose access to new episodes of hit shows such as Power, Outlander and Vida, epix`s rival service having been traded for its premium offerings. As part of the agreement, the flagship Starz channel, on-demand content as well as Encore, Encore Westerns, Encore Black- and Encore Action channels will be available to Xfinity TV customers and on Flex, the streaming aggregation unit similar to Comcasts Roku. The financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The agreement ends a contractual dispute that has attracted the attention of lawmakers, including a U.S. senator who has asked the U.S.

Department of Justice to ensure fair competition in the market and has sparked small protests outside comcast`s headquarters. Starz had launched an advertising campaign inviting customers to call Comcast and complain. Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, an executive producer of Power, defended Capitol Hill lawmakers and attacked Comcast CEO Brian Roberts on social media. Comcast avoided a year-end blackout from Starz and on Monday reached an agreement with the Premium channel, which also includes a licensing agreement for the content of its parent company Lionsgate for the cable giant`s next Peacock streaming service. Comcast Corp. and Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., the owner of the Premium Starz cable chain, have reached a new distribution agreement for the network after months of tense negotiations. The financial terms of the new deal have not been disclosed, but the renewal contract avoids a year-end Starz blackout on the Comcast platform and will be watched by the industry, as discussions about car renewal for high-end cable networks like Starz are increasingly controversial as viewers continue to cut cable and connect online. In addition to the pay-TV agreement, a content agreement was also announced between Starz`s mother, Lionsgate, and NBCUniversal Comcasts.