The Girlfriend Experience, The White Princess, Spartacus and more Starz shows are now on Steam
And you thought Steam was just for video games!
Having already dominated the digital video game space, distribution service Steam has recently made moves to break into digital video, too, with independent filmmakers like the creator of CODumentary and Angry Video Game Nerd beginning to use the online store as another channel for selling their creations.
Today, however, marks one of the biggest advances in Steam's push into digital video: TV network Starz has suddenly dropped ten of its TV shows onto Steam without so much as a whimper of marketing behind the move. The drop includes such series as anthology drama The Girlfriend Experience, the fictional history drama The White Princess and the long-running crime drama Power.
While many of Starz top-tier series like Outlander and American Gods aren't among the arrivals, the fact that multiple ongoing shows are is quite surprising. Whether new seasons will hit Steam as fast as they do other streaming and video-on-demand services remains to be seen, but it's still a neat move regardless.
Best of all, though, is how much cheaper the pricing is when compared to competing services: for example, the first season of The Girlfriend Experience is just US$14.82/AUD$19.31 compared to the AUD$22.49 it is on Google Play. Plus, if you're an avid Steam gamer, you've probably racked up a bunch of Steam wallet cash from selling the trading cards earned through playing games, reducing your out-of-pocket cost even more.
It'll be interesting to see whether Starz continues to support its Steam library with more of its shows and their seasons, and it'll be even more fascinating if other TV networks follow Starz's lead. Could Steam start to compete with the likes of Netflix and Stan in the future? We'll be keeping our eyes and ears tuned for more information.
Here's the full list of Starz shows released on Steam today:
- Dan Vs. (Seasons 1 to 3)
- Flesh and Bone (Season 1)
- Magic City (Seasons 1 and 2)
- Party Down (Seasons 1 and 2)
- Power (Seasons 1 to 4)
- Spartacus (Seasons 1 to 3 plus Gods of the Arena)
- The Girlfriend Experience (Season 1)
- The White Princess (Season 1)
- The White Queen (Season 1)
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