With all the Star Wars movie news focused on Rogue One lately, something pretty significant happened yesterday the pretty much flew under the radar. I was pleasantly surprised to find Star Wars: The Force Awakens available last night on Starz while I was channel-surfing.
Starz has been the pay-TV home for Disney-owned movies and franchises for a few years now (which will change going forward due to the Disney/Netflix deal) and apparently has the US pay-TV rights to Star Wars: The Force Awakens since it was released in 2015 (Netflix has exclusivity for movies released in 2016-on).
The Force Awakens was also available to me for on demand viewing and download via the Xfinity TV app (my cable provider).
Starz has Star Wars: The Force Awakens showing on multiple channels multiple times a day this weekend. Check your specific cable provider’s listings to find out if it is available to you and for show times.
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