Starz, through its subsidiaries, operates as an integrated media and entertainment company worldwide. The company provides premium subscription video programming in the United States (U.S.) to cable operators, satellite television providers, telecommunications companies, and online video providers. The company also develops, produces, and acquires entertainment content and distribute this content to consumers in the U.S. and internationally. The company’s business operations are conducted by its wholly-owned subsidiaries, such as Starz, LLC; Starz Entertainment, LLC; Starz Media Group, LLC (Starz Media); and certain other immaterial subsidiaries. In October 2015, Starz, LLC acquired the 25% interest in Starz Media, which had previously been owned by The Weinstein Company LLC (Weinstein). Segments The company manages its operations through two segments, Starz Networks and Starz Distribution. Starz Networks segment Programming Networks This segment provides premium subscription video programming to the U.S. multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs), including cable operators (such as Comcast and Time Warner Cable), satellite television providers (such as DIRECTV and DISH Network), and telecommunications companies (such as AT&T and Verizon). In December 2015, the company began offering Starz content to Amazon, an online distributor. This segment’s primary premium networks are STARZ and ENCORE. As of December 31, 2015, these networks were available for subscription in approximately 113 million U.S. multichannel video and broadband-only households, and together STARZ and ENCORE served 55.8 million subscribers. The company’s third network, MOVIEPLEX, offers various art house, independent films and classic movie library content. STARZ and ENCORE, along with MOVIEPLEX, air approximately 1,000 movies monthly across 17 linear networks complemented by on-demand and online services. Premium networks, such as STARZ and ENCORE, offer newly released and library film content, along with original series and specials without advertisements. Premium networks are offered by the company’s distributors to their subscribers either on a fixed monthly price as part of a programming tier or package or on an a la carte basis. Subscribers to premium networks have the opportunity to watch ‘first run’ or new movies when they are first aired on linear television or online following their initial release in movie theaters. STARZ PLAY, ENCORE PLAY, and MOVIEPLEX PLAY offer online viewing options for STARZ, ENCORE and MOVIEPLEX subscribers to enjoy the quality original series and commercial-free movies offered on the respective STARZ, ENCORE and MOVIEPLEX networks. The PLAY services are available on a range of platforms and devices. Demographics The company’s STARZ networks target a balanced composition of men and women in the 25-54 age group who have higher levels of education and income of $50,000+ annually. The ENCORE networks are sold in both premium programming packages together with the company’s STARZ networks and in less expensive digital programming packages depending on the distributor. ENCORE targets male adults in the 35-50 age group (more targeted for the theme channels) with income of $50,000+ annually. MOVIEPLEX is sold primarily in less expensive digital programming packages and together with the company’s ENCORE networks depending on the distributor. Together with its theme channels, INDIEPLEX and RETROPLEX, MOVIEPLEX targets an age range of men and women 35 and older with incomes of $50,000+ annually. Affiliation Agreements The company’s networks are distributed pursuant to affiliation agreements with its distributors. These agreements require the company to deliver programming that meets certain standards and volumes of first-run films or original series or number of first-run output studios. The company works with its distributors to increase the number of subscribers to its networks. The company’s existing affiliation agreements expire at various dates through 2020. As of December 31, 2015, the company had 23.6 million STARZ subscribers and 32.2 million ENCORE subscribers. For
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