Lionsgate movies will stream exclusively on the Roku Channel after the Starz window

Lionsgate and Roku have struck a deal giving the studio’s feature films exclusive streaming on the free, ad-supported Roku Channel after they air on Starz.

The multi-year production arrangement covers theatrical releases starting this year.

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As part of the deal, the Roku channel will have two windows for Lionsgate titles – the first of which will follow their exclusive Starz stays and the second of which will be non-exclusive.

Supported by a suite of original episode and movie titles, the Roku Channel continued to grow as Roku surpassed 60 million active accounts. Founded in 2017, the Roku Channel includes over 275 live linear channels and over 80,000 on-demand movies and episodic offerings. By the end of 2021, it affected households of 80 million people.

Films that will be part of the new distribution structure include John Wick stock franchise, Consumables 4 and Borderlands. Directed by Eli Roth, Borderlands stars Cate Blanchett, Kevin Hart, Jamie Lee Curtis and Jack Black. Other titles include Are you there God? It’s me, Margaret; a sequel to the 2017 hit Wonderand this month’s Nicolas Cage release, The unbearable weight of massive talent.

“This deal confirms the strong demand for first-run studio films across a wide range of platforms,” ​​said Jim Packer, president of global television distribution at Lionsgate. “This partnership with The Roku Channel demonstrates our ability to leverage opportunities in today’s complex television landscape with a multi-faceted, multi-layered approach that meets everyone’s needs.”

Rob Holmes, vice president of programming at Roku, noted that the agreement expands an existing business relationship between the companies. “This innovative approach creates value for both parties,” he said, “and most importantly gives the millions of streamers on The Roku Channel the ability to enjoy these compelling titles through this single window.”

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