2021 Starz C-Band Transition

Information and dates pertaining to the Starz 5G C-Band Transition

Dual illumination period will begin December 6, 2021. We request that you please call to authorize any existing equipment on the new transponders, and all new equipment provided for the transition, after this date.

Key Dates:

The following are key dates for the Starz transition.

There may be minor changes to the information below and these dates should be used as a general guideline.

Late Fall, 2021 – Early, 2022 – Equipment Delivery

o Intelsat and Commscope will deliver satellite receivers to affiliate headend locations.

Late Fall, 2021 – Early, 2022 – Installation and Authorization Prep

o Affiliate distribution partners will install and connect satellite equipment

December, 2021 – March, 2022 – Starz Affiliate Receiver Migration

o Starz and Affiliate Distribution partners will migrate from old satellite/transponders, to new. New receivers will be authorized.

2021 Starz C-Band Transition FAQ's

  • What satellites and transponders will Starz be using after the 5G transition?

    As part of the 5G C-Band transition, Starz will migrate all channels from our four existing transponders to two new transponders.

    • Programs on G13/9 and G13/15 will move to G13/17.

    • Programs on G15/8 and G15/14 will move to G15/20.

    To continue offering all Starz, Starz Encore, and Plex channels via satellite, it is necessary for Starz to update our distribution compression format to HEVC. The satellite receiver equipment provided by Starz and Intelsat will transcode the channels to each affiliate’s output requirements.

  • Will I be getting new receivers for my Starz services?

    Starz and Intelsat are working with CommScope (ARRIS) to deliver satellite receivers to affiliate distribution partner headend locations. The affiliate will be responsible for installing and connecting the new satellite receivers in a timely manner. Also, please be aware that many affiliates will continue to use existing satellite receivers.

    Starz Affiliate Support will be reaching out to affiliates that receive our satellite signals to verify site information (address, contacts, receivers, etc.), and Intelsat may contact each affiliate site to verify downlink capabilities.

  • What receivers are approved for the 5G transition?

    Starz will support the following CommScope receiver models after the 5G transition.

    DSR-7401 – SD Transcoding multi-decrypt IRD – Offers up to 12 channels of HEVC to MPEG-2 SD transcoding. Delivers MPTS steam via ASI and Gig-E.

    DSR-7403 – HD and SD Transcoding multi-decrypt IRD – Offers up to 3 channels of HEVC to MPEG-2 SD transcoding and either MPEG-2 HD or MPEG-4 HD transcoding. Delivers multiple MPTS steams via ASI and Gig-E.

    DSR-7406 – HD and SD Transcoding multi-decrypt IRD – Offers up to 6 channels of HEVC to MPEG-2 SD transcoding and either MPEG-2 HD or MPEG-4 HD transcoding. Delivers multiple MPTS steams via ASI and Gig-E.

    DSR-4470 – Single Channel SDI and Analog IRD – A single-decrypt HEVC capable IRD for affiliates that delivers an HD-SDI video output, and an Analog output.

    Satellite receiver installation and configuration instructions will be included with the IRDs and made available prior to the start of the transition.

  • When should I receive my new equipment?

    Intelsat and Commscope (ARRIS) will deliver satellite receivers to affiliate headend locations September, 2021 - November, 2021.

  • When should I install my new equipment?

    As soon as possible. Starz Affiliate Support request all receivers be installed by December, 2021.

  • When will Starz authorize my new receivers?

    Starz will begin authorizing new equipment December, 2021.