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Comcast prepares to replace Starz with EPIX channels

Comcast Corp. is preparing to drop channels from Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. unit Starz and replace them with content from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.'s EPIX (US).

Comcast said in a statement on a customer website that 11 Starz and Encore channels would be dropped from its TV packages as of Dec. 10. On-demand content for the channels would remain available until Dec. 31. Comcast told its Xfinity customers that Starz would remain available to them as a stand-alone subscription for $12 per month.

In separate media statements, Starz and Comcast said that negotiations regarding Comcast's carriage of the Starz channels continue.