Starz (originally 'Starz!' until 2005 and stylized as starz) is an American premium subscription channel that features mainly first-run motion pictures, along with some original programming. The channel is the flagship service of Liberty Starz, a subsidiary and joint venture of Liberty Media (75%) and The Weinstein Company (25%), which also owns its sister channel Encore, which was launched three years before Starz's February 1, 1994 debut; despite this, Starz is considered by the company as the flagship of the Starz Entertainment channels. The headquarters of Starz and its sister channels Encore and MoviePlex are located on the Meridian International Business Center complex in Meridian, Colorado. As of June 2012, Starz's programming is available to 20.1 million subscribers in the United States. Starz! was launched on February 1, 1994 at 8 p.m.
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