As J.J. Abrams' incredibly popular “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” continues to make box office history, many who have seen the science fiction epic are wondering when they’ll be able to see it again for free. It seems that, when the time comes for the film to be available to own, stream and watch on TV, it will land on perhaps the most appropriately named network imaginable — Starz.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the premium cable network has officially secured the TV rights to “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Starz previously had a deal with “Star Wars” owner Disney that ended in 2015. While the Mouse House signed another deal to bring Disney properties like “Star Wars” to Netflix (only in Canada) in 2016, ”The Force Awakens” will remain with the Starz network under that original deal. However, everything made post-2016 from Disney will not.
This is a relatively big get for Starz as the seventh installment in the popular franchise has already grossed roughly $740.3 million, surpassing both “Jurassic World” ($652.3 million) and “Titanic” ($658.7 million) to become the second highest grossing domestic title ever, according to Entertainment Weekly. While it’s second to James Cameron’s “Avatar” ($760.5 million), “Star Wars” is expected to overtake the 2009 film in the coming days.
According to The New York Post, Starz paid a price of $17.5 million for the deal, which is very minescule given the popularity of the film and the fact that such prices are usually set by a formula that factors in box office revenue. However, the outlet claims that the deal with Disney is to thank for the low price. The move will likely help increase the notoriety of the network as it pushes its own programming with original series like “Outlander,” “Flesh and Bone” and “Black Sails.”
Starz can be added to your current cable subscription for a price that will be determined by your choice of cable provider. Unfortunately, as previously mentioned, there’s no word on when “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” will be hitting Starz, DVD, Blu-ray and video on demand. Until then, fans can help the movie take over the number one spot held by “Avatar” by seeing it in theaters.