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NBCUniversal Media LLC struck a long-term deal for the continued carriage of Starz's networks on Comcast Corp.'s Xfinity TV.

Under the agreement, the flagship Starz (US) network, the Starz Encore portfolio of channels and related video-on-demand content will continue to be available to Xfinity customers with expanded distribution on the Comcast Flex platform. Flex is streaming product made available through a set-top box that is tailored to Comcast internet-only customers.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

NBCU also entered a new content deal with Starz parent company Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., which will see NBCU license content from the studio for its upcoming streaming service, Peacock.

Under the deal, Peacock will have access to Lions Gate feature films and shows. NBCU will also license content to Starz to be featured in the U.S. and on its international streaming service, STARZPLAY.

Peacock is launching in April 2020.