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starz 2Jan2018Premium network Starz has pulled its feeds from about 4.6 million Altice USA customers, with no plan to reinstate them.

The premium cable network said that Altice USA has refused to negotiate in good faith to renew their carriage arrangement; the operator meanwhile said that Starz is asking for too much money. It suggested that its customers subscribe to Starz’ OTT service instead.

"We are focused on providing the best content experience for our customers and continually evaluate which channels meet their needs and preferences relative to the cost of the programming imposed by content owners,” Altice USA said. “Given that Starz is available to all consumers directly through Starz' own over-the-top streaming service, we don't believe it makes sense to charge all of our customers for Starz programming, particularly when their viewership is declining and the majority of our customers don't watch Starz. We believe it is in the best interest of all our customers to replace Starz and StarzEncore programming with alternative entertainment channels that will provide a robust content experience at a great value."

For its part, Starz said: “Altice has shown an unwillingness to negotiate in good faith to the detriment of our shared customers, and they have removed Starz from their platform. We remain available to discuss a fair and reasonable agreement that will serve the interests of our loyal subscribers.”

Altice USA customers who previously purchased Starz á la carte will have the option to instead get a different premium service, like HBO or Showtime.