StarzPlay is an Arabic and English live streaming and on demand platform that offers a wide range of Hollywood movies, TV shows, Arabic TV shows and kids content.
Currently you've got to be based in one of the middle eastern countries, but today we'll show you how you can watch StarzPlay in New Zealand within minutes.
What Can I Watch On StarPlayz?
StarPlayz is a mini Netflix for the Middle East. Their platform actually looks very similar to Netflix in terms of usage. Currently you can watch a wide variety of English movies, TV shows, kids TV shows and Arabic content. Most titles come with Arabic subtitles.
StarPlayz also comes with a lot of Disney content which isn't available on Disney Plus. You also get access to a lot of 4K movies which is great if your TV supports that.
You can watch content anytime, anywhere with a premium subscription.
How To Watch StarzPlay In New Zealand?
Technically you can't watch StarzPlay in New Zealand, due to licensing. You need to be based in one of these supported countries; UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar, Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco or Yemen. Of course this isn't possible, but you can change your IP address by using a Virtual Private Network (VPN).
A VPN connects to a server in the United Arab Emirates (Dubai) and routes your internet connection via this server before going out to the world wide web, thus fooling the site into thinking you're based in a country you're not.
You can now access the website, create a subscription and watch content!
How To Watch StarzPlay With a VPN?
You can watch the platform using any VPN, but they must offer a UAE server. After months of research, the best VPN in our opinion is PureVPN.
You can signup for $10.95 (1 Month) or $2.91/mo on a longer subscription.
Step 1: Purchase Your Subscription
You need to visit the official PureVPN website and purchase a package. You can checkout using credit/debit cards, Paypal, Bitcoin or Alipay.
Step 2: Download VPN Client
There's software apps for nearly every device out there, including web browsers, android, iOS, Windows, Mac OS, Linux, routers, Playstation, Xbox and Fire TV.
Download the software and login with your username and password.
Step 3: Connect to UAE Server
Turn on the VPN by clicking the start button. Now change the country to 'UAE' and within 15-30 seconds your VPN will connect.
Your internet usage is now being routed via a server in UAE. You can now access many geo-blocked websites previously unavailable in New Zealand.
Step 4: Watch StarzPlay
Visit StarzPlay and signup for your free account. You'll now be able to live stream the content or watch on demand. You'll also be able to watch any other free to air USA channels and content that you previously couldn't.
You can upgrade to a paid membership should you wish.
You can disconnect from the VPN software once you're finished. Then reconnect whenever you want for as long as your subscription is valid.
Other Ways To Use a VPN?
Once you've watched the race, what else would you need your VPN for?
Most people use one to protect their identity online. When in use your Internet Service Provider can no longer track your usage. This is beneficial for torrenting or accessing secure sites such as your bank.
A VPN keeps hackers and thieves out, as your data is encrypted. This is especially helpful when using public WiFi networks that are unsecure and can be compromised, leaking your details to criminals.
The most common things to do is to unlock geo-blocked content such as watching Netflix USA instead of NZ, watching free TV in Australia, watching live sports events that aren't available locally and so much more.
A VPN might be the greatest invention ever and unlocks the world that would otherwise be locked down due to an outdated business model of buying and selling usage rights, rather than a free market.
What is StarzPlay Arabia?
StarzPlay.com used to be a website as well as a mobile app that was used for original programming and movies, specifically feature films, that could be streamed in high definition or standard for.
It was a subsidiary of Starz, which is a premium cable and satellite network and is owned by Starz Inc., which is in turn owned by Lionsgate.
The company developed it's current state in 1994, but the company proper was founded in 1991 under the name Encore Media Group, until the name change.
The official headquarters for the company is in Santa Monica, California currently, but the original headquarters are still in Meridian, Colorado.
The actual programming began on February 1, 1994, and started out as a cable network showing older feature films before they later moved on to being a subscription based service, and then eventually settled on being a streaming service for movies and some television shows, adding more modern ones as well as the older ones that they were known to provide.
As time went on, the network began creating different branches to match certain different genres in the movie industry.
Starz Comedy and Starz Kids and Family are two examples of the kind of branches they created. After the company saw some success, they started other forms of Starz, such as Starz HD or Starz On Demand.
One such form was Starzplay.com, It was launched on October 8, 2012, which was intentionally meant to coincide with the release of the apps for the iPad and iPod that were launched for the service.
The name was borrowed from a previous agreement that the company had with Netflix in 2008. This agreement fell through before too long, and Starz took the name for it's own service. StarzPlay.com became the first part of Starz to be localised outside of the United States, specifically with in the Middle East and North Africa.
After some success, the company decided to absorb StarzPlay.com into the Starz company as a whole, although they still keep some attributes of the old website such as the apps and the use of a website.
Despite this, Starz Play Arabia remains the only part of the original website that is completely intact.
How Much Does StarzPlay Cost?
Starz does offer a free trial of seven days, the only requirements being to sign up for an account online or download the app.
After that, the price for the service becomes $8.99 a month. The Starz service can be accessed using the aforementioned app and website, or using a Roku Box, Roku TV, or DirecTV.
How Many People Use StarzPlay?
As of October 16, 2019, the company has 26.5 million subscribers globally, which is actually less than the maximum amount they've had.
The subscriber amount has been going down recently due to a dispute with Comcast, but the amount of subscribers is still impressive, and the dispute should not be considered an indication of the quality of the service or what it provides.
Today Starz is considered to be one of the top streaming services on the market.