‘Outlander’: Some Fans May Not Be Able to Watch Season 5 Because of Comcast-Starz Dispute

Droughtlander is set to end in February 2020, when Outlander returns for its fifth season. But if you’re a Comcast customer, the dry spell may last a while longer. Starz is warning fans that they may not be able to watch new episodes of the steamy historical drama due to a dispute between the network and Comcast.

‘Outlander’ asks fans to urge Comcast to keep Starz 

Last week, Comcast let Xfinity subscribers know that they’ll lose access to Starz and its associated networks, including Starz in Black and Starz Kids & Family, on December 10. That’s because the network and the cable distributor are currently haggling over a carriage agreement that would allow cable viewers to keep up with Outlander, Power, American Gods, and other Starz shows. 

In response, the Outlander Instagram account urged fans to contact Comcast and tell them to keep Starz.  

“Clan, if you’re a Comcast Xfinity customer, don’t let @xfinity drop #Outlander from all packages and bundles before Season 5 premieres! Visit KeepSTARZ.com and call 888-90-STARZ (888-907-8279) to TAKE ACTION. #KeepSTARZ,” the @outlander_starz account wrote.

Why Comcast is dropping Starz 

Sophie Skelton (Brianna Fraser), Caitriona Balfe (Claire Fraser), Sam Heughan (Jamie Fraser)
Sophie Skelton (Brianna Fraser), Caitriona Balfe (Claire Fraser), and Sam Heughan (Jamie Fraser) in Outlander | Starz

Comcast announced months ago that it would be dropping Starz unless the two could come to an agreement about carriage terms. At the heart of the dispute is the cable provider’s concern about Starz making its shows and movies available directly to people who aren’t cable subscribers. 

“Starz has chosen to change its business model … by making its content available a-la-carte on Amazon Prime and Roku and selling its service direct to the consumer through the Starz app. All we are asking for is the same treatment for our customers,” noted Comcast in a statement, according to Variety.

Though they are losing access to Starz, people with the Xfinity premium package will gain access to Epix. Starz has said that it is still hoping to work out a deal that will continue to give Comcast subscribers access to its shows.  

On Instagram, some fans of the show said they were fed up with not getting the programming they wanted via cable and were cutting the cord.  

“Between Outlander and Hockey which we no longer get on Xfinity I’m done and canceling my service. Will just stream it instead,” wrote one. 

“I can’t believe cable companies pull the crap they do considering we have all these cheaper options,” added another. 

How to watch ‘Outlander’ if you don’t have the Starz channel 

If Comcast does drop Starz from its channel lineup, Outlander fans do have other ways to watch the show. 

Hulu and Amazon Prime subscribers can purchase a Starz add-on for $8.99 a month. You can also watch Starz programming via the Starz app on your iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Android devices, as well as on your Roku device. A seven-day free trial is available.

The first two seasons of Outlander are also streaming on Netflix, and you can purchase individual episodes on Amazon and iTunes. 

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