That really is the meaning behind what the changes are. They have been trying to sell for awhile now. Showtime (CBS) is interested but apparently not at the asking price. Starz allowed itself to be not a pure premium channel as witnessed by my being able to get much of their content without subscribing or paying extra to it specifically. And they were free for a year on DISH to everyone, they were not happy about it but their contract allowed for it. That would never happen with HBO.Nothing big people. Liberty rebranded Encore to Starz Encore. It's a stupid change in my opinion, but they are trying to sell Starz, Encore, and Movieplex. Rumors are that CBS might be interested in buying them, which will make them partners with Showtime. Basically, Starz to Showtime will be the equivalent of Cinemax to HBO. What that will mean for Encore, Movieplex, The Movie Channel, and Flix is yet to be seen. After all it's all hypothetical for now.
There's only another 2 I think, that are available in HD at all.
Starz Encore Classic & Suspense also have been available in HD for some time.Starz Encore Black
Starz Encore Action
1) If you're in AT250 you don't need the encore standalone pack. Just an FYI in case you didn't know.Maybe they could lower the cost of Encore in half to $3. How much is Starz (with the Encores in it) going for with the other providers? Is it still around $13? I know Starz is at a special price of $10 with Dish. However, to get both with Dish, it would be $16 a month currently. I appreciate getting one of each with the Movie Pack, but I do not do the streaming as much. However, I am sure some would not mind adding them standalone, too. I would possibly add Encore standalone if it were lower like in half.
Their recently history (since the Premiere of Black Sails) has been stellar regardless if you're a fan of the shows or not. Believe they've only had two busts which have been very obvious (the two shows that were placed on Sunday's AND whole season placed online after the premiere). But that's probably something to do with the production direction going in a way the network wasn't a fan of.I don't really care for the new look, I know Starz is in the middle of trying to rebrand themselves...again. By the way, 2016 is the last year Starz will have first-run rights to Disney before those rights turn over to Netflix. Supposedly, Starz will use the savings from ending that contract to invest in new original programming. Whether that new programming will be any good remains to be seen.
I like having Encore in AT250. Otherwise, I would have to pay extra for it, plus I have free streaming service. TMC in SD is also included. With so many channels going away, I think Dish should keep AT250 the way it is with the extra movie channels. BBC World would be nice to be added though.I say they should remove the Encore movie pack out of the top 250 pack and roll the remaining cable channels into top 200. Encore should be ala cart or bundled with Starz for a cheaper price. Most of the price of top 250 is for the Encore channels that sell for $6.00 by themselves anyway.
That would be an interesting thread.A little birdy told me that Starz and Encore are no longer part of the 3 free months of premiums that new customers get. The same thing happened with HBO/MAX a few months before they were pulled.