There’s not necessarily a wrong answer – both streamers have their pros and cons – but in this guide, we’ll take a deeper look at each service, compare STARZ and Apple TV+ in 2023, and help you decide which one to choose.
STARZ And Apple TV+ Compared
|Free Trial||No||7 days|
|On-Demand Content||930+ movies, 20+ TV shows||30+ movies, 50+ TV shows|
Pricing And Plans
First, let’s talk about pricing. Apple TV+ takes the crown here, since it’s $2 cheaper a month compared to STARZ. If you’re on a really tight budget, Apple TV+ is a great option. You can even get a free 90-day subscription with the purchase of most Apple devices, which is something to keep in mind.
STARZ is a bit more expensive, but not by much. You’ll pay $8.99/month for the streamer, which means it’s still quite budget-friendly, especially compared to more expensive services like Netflix, which seem to be constantly raising prices on customers.
There are no other real hidden costs, either. Unlike some other streamers, Apple TV+ and Starz don’t have add-ons for more channels or features. The price you see is the price you pay. The only exception is for the Apple TV+ MLS Season Pass (which we’ll discuss next).
Live Events & Sports Coverage Compared: STARZ Vs. Apple TV+
This is one area where Apple TV+ has a huge advantage over STARZ. STARZ exclusively provides on-demand movies and shows, and doesn’t have any coverage of live events or sports. But that’s not the case for Apple TV+.
Apple TV+ is the new home for Friday Night Baseball games, which means you can watch more than 30 marquee MLB games with your subscription at no extra cost. And if you’re a soccer fan, Apple just inked a 10-year deal with the MLS to provide MLS Season Pass for $12.99/month or $79/season for Apple TV+ subscribers.
With MLS Season Pass, you’ll be able to watch every single MLS game, starting when the 2023 season begins on February 25th. There are no blackout dates or other restrictions. If you love Major League Soccer, this definitely tilts the scales toward Apple TV+.
Which Has The Better On-Demand Library?
This is a bit of a tough one. When it comes to overall quality, we’ll give the nod to Apple TV+. After a bit of a rocky start back in 2019 with shows like The Morning Show failing to meet critical expectations, Apple TV+ has produced some serious critical darlings, including Ted Lasso, Foundation, Mythic Quest, Severance, and even CODA, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2022. Take a look at a list of the 10 best Apple TV+ shows here for a more detailed overview.
However, STARZ has a lot more content, since the service is owned by Lionsgate, and has hundreds of licensed movies in its library. It has plenty of original programming, too, with some highlights including American Gods, Outlander, Power, Party Down, and P-Valley. Want more details? Check out this list of 20 of the best movies on Starz.
Overall, we’d say that Apple TV+ is a better option if you want high-quality originals and don’t binge as much TV. But if you’re a voracious binge-watcher, you may find that you run out of content too quickly, so STARZ may be a better bet.
Do Both Services Have A Free Trial?
No. While Apple TV+ currently has a free week-long trial, STARZ doesn’t have a trial at all. It has had a free trial in the past, though. And if you want to give it a try for less, you can take advantage of a special intro deal, and get three months of STARZ for just $5/month.
Other Features Compared
Pricing, content libraries, and free trials are important, but there are plenty of other features that may come into play when you’re comparing STARZ vs. Apple TV+ and trying to pick the right service for you. Let’s dive into a few other features that differentiate these two streamers from one another.
Cloud DVR and offline viewing
Since they're on-demand services, neither STARZ or Apple TV+ offers a cloud DVR, but there’s no need for one, since you can watch your favorite titles on demand. However, Apple TV+ offers the ability to download shows to your mobile device and watch them for up to 30 days, which is a feature that STARZ lacks entirely. If you often watch content on the go, this may be something to keep in mind.
Both STARZ and Apple TV+ are quite generous when it comes to simultaneous streams. You can stream on up to four devices at once with STARZ. That’s good, but Apple TV+ goes even further, allowing you to stream on up to six different devices at once. If you’ve got a large family or share your subscription with your household, Apple TV+ may be a better option for you.
When it comes to device support, there aren’t many surprises when comparing STARZ and Apple TV+. Both services support:
- Web browsers
- iPhone and iPad
- Android phones and tablets
- Amazon Fire TV
- Apple TV
- Google TV
- Xbox consoles
- Select smart TVs
Overall, though, Apple TV+ has support for more devices than STARZ, with support for a wider range of smart TVs, as well as the PlayStation 4 and 5 consoles, which are not supported at all by STARZ.
Our Verdict: Apple TV+ Is Better Than STARZ
Overall, we’d say that Apple TV+ comes out ahead of STARZ in this head-to-head comparison. It’s cheaper, offers a free trial, has some of the best shows and movies of any streamer, and even offers more simultaneous streams, as well as a selection of sports coverage.
However, this does not mean that STARZ isn’t worth checking out. It has tons of amazing original content, and a much larger overall library of TV shows and movies. Sure, they may not be as consistently high-quality, but if you’re a big binge-watcher, more is always better!
Eric Liston • Author
Eric Liston is a content writer based in Columbus, Ohio. Since 2015, he’s been writing about technology, cord-cutting, and helping everyday people save money. He also has expertise writing about medicine, dentistry, insurance, and a variety of other industries. No matter what he’s writing, his focus is always on simplifying complex concepts and making them approachable for everyone. When he’s not slamming away on his keyboard at his home office, you’ll find Eric reading sci-fi novels, improving his disc golf game (he just hit his first 400-foot drive) and playing video games on his gaming PC.
Lisa Holden • Editor
Lisa Holden is an editor and creative based in Houston, TX. Lisa holds a BA in African-American Studies from Temple University and has spent her career working in news publications and magazines, even founding a magazine herself. When she’s not editing or working on one of her many creative endeavors (whenever that is), she enjoys traveling to new places and biking on sunny days.