|Launched||24 January 2005|
|Owned by||Sony Pictures Television|
|Picture format||16:9 SDTV|
|Audience share||0.01% (September 2015 , BARB)|
|Broadcast area||United Kingdom & Ireland|
|Formerly called||Fizz (2005–2009)|
|Eutelsat 28A||11307 V 27500 2/3|
Starz TV (formerly Fizz TV) is a digital satellite TV channel, owned by Sony Pictures Television.
Launch and output
Fizz TV launched on 24 January 2005 on Sky channel 468. The output of the station is music videos from a range of genres that are currently popular in the charts. The channel also has a heavy interactive texting element, through the viewers being able to send in text messages and pictures to show on screen.
The channel moved to Sky channel 361 on 28 February 2006 as part of an expanded reshuffle of the EPG, in this case in the music section, to make more room in the Sports section, and on 4 August 2008, moved again to Sky channel 371, due to Sky Movies starting to broadcast in high-definition.
The parent company of Channel U and Fizz TV, Video Interactive Television, went into voluntary liquidation at the beginning of February 2009, before being purchased by Mushroom TV. When purchasing the two channels, Mushroom TV agreed that Channel U and Fizz TV should be rebranded. The two channels were rebranded as Channel AKA and Starz TV on 16 March 2009.
As of 2014, it is now owned by CSC Media Group.
On 15 April 2014, Starz TV launched on Freesat, replacing BuzMuzik, which closed 12 days earlier, on channel 505.
Non-Stop Hits on Starz
This program features all the latest hits, and some old ones for takeovers or special holidays. Songs are labeled by a four-digit number (for example, to text "All Goes Wrong" by Chase & Status featuring Tom Grennan, text STZ 6790 to 71000). Starz most commonly airs this program. It was originally called Starz Music, before renaming to Non-Stop Starz Music in 2013. In summer 2015, this was temporarily renamed to Starz Summer Tunes. It was renamed to Non-Stop Hits on Starz on 7 September 2015.
Starz TV launched these programmes in 2016:
- Huge Hits Right Now! (Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays)
- Big, Hot & Fresh on Starz (Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays)
- Midweek Hitlist! (Wednesdays)
- Weekend Countdown on Starz! (Thursdays)
- Friday's Freshest Tunes (Fridays)
- Friday Night Turn Up! (Fridays)
- Super Slammin' Saturdays on Starz (Saturdays)
- Super Sunday Hitlist! (Sundays)
Hottest Hits on Starz
A morning version of Non-Stop Starz Music (this one is full screen). This program features the hottest hits on Starz TV right now. In summer 2015, this was temporarily renamed to Hottest Summer Hits on Starz.
This program featured unsigned acts, classic Starz videos & rarely played videos.
Off Your Bass
This program aired at weekends only and featured classic & new dubstep and drum and bass, similar to Channel AKA's former "Drum & Bass" and "Dubstep1.TV" programmes.
Full on Starz
This aired from 10:00 pm and allowed viewers to send in explicit pictures and the channel would also play explicit videos.