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If you live in the tri-state area, it might be a bit more difficult for you to see Starz hit show Power.
As the calendar turned to 2018, the network was dropped from all Optimum cable networks, ensuring that shows like Power can no longer be seen on cable.
According to Newsday:
The decision follows what the cable company called “numerous attempts” to secure a deal with the premium service, a division of Lionsgate. Bethpage-based Altice — which holds a 25 percent stake in Newsday Media Group — said in a statement “given that Starz is available to all consumers directly through Starz’ own over-the-top streaming service, we don’t believe it makes sense to charge all of our customers for Starz programming, particularly when their viewership is declining and the majority of our customers don’t watch Starz.”
Starz shot back with their own statement.
“Despite all of Altice’s assertions to the contrary, the facts in this dispute are simple. Altice wanted a drastic reduction in price that was totally inconsistent with the market and flew in the face of the record popularity of our programming.”
If you want to watch Starz, it is still available through their streaming service for $8.99.
50 Cent reacted to the news by going onto Instagram with his comments.
This Is crazy no more POWER in New York I don’t own the network♂️ I’m sorry I don’t know what to say.#denofthieves Jan 19A post shared by 50 Cent (@50cent) on Dec 31, 2017 at 10:51pm PST
Which means you won’t be seeing POWER in New York if you have Optimum as a cable carrier call and complain. #denofthieves #denofthieves Jan 19A post shared by 50 Cent (@50cent) on Jan 1, 2018 at 3:12pm PST