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Verizon Teams With Starz On Broadband Service; Live From New York, It’s FiOS (Soon?)

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Verizon (NYSE: VZ) has been working on two deals related to its cable business. The telco has a partnership with Liberty Media’s (NSDQ: LINTA) Starz Entertainment to set up a subscription broadband programming channel. Reuters says that the service is similar to a broadband deal Verizon has with Vongo; but the Starz Play service is $5.99 per month compared to Vongo, which lets subscribers rent an unlimited amount of movies for $9.99 a month. A Starz rep further explained that “Starz Play is 100 percent the same on Vongo as it is on Starz Play.” It has 2,500 “total” video selections, of which 1,000 are movies with unlimited downloads on up to three devices. The only difference is that there is no pay-per-view on Starz Play because it’s just not needed, since Verizon offers that option through Movielink.

Separately, Multichannel News reports that Verizon is “ready, committed and eager” to begin rolling out its FiOS cable TV service throughout New York City. The announcement follows an agreement between Verizon and the city