Starzplay is a subscription video-on-demand service, like Netflix or HBO or Filmin. In Spain, since 2019, Starzplay is available through operators such as Orange TV or with Vodafone adding it to the contracted packages. But since 2020 it already works as a separate application that you can have without having to be part of a specific operator, like the others. Just pay a subscription and create an account to access the content.
Where is it available?
You can access the STARZPLAY application from Spain regardless of operator you have and through a monthly subscription. It is also available, in addition to Spain, in other countries such as Germany, France, Italy, Ireland, Brazil, Mexico, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
Price and free period
The subscription has a price of 4.99 euros per month for unlimited access to all content: movies and series that you can watch as many times as you want.
You have a free trial lasting 7 days and in which you will not have to pay anything, in case you want to know how it is or if it is worth it. After those 7 days the free trial will be canceled and the subscription will begin to be invoiced if you have not previously canceled your account.
Accounts and profiles
The streaming service allows sharing with up to four users who can watch the series simultaneously so you can have a shared subscription for friends, family, etc. And each of them can have their own profile with personalized recommendations based on the history of each of them and without “stepping” on each other.
You can create four profiles with different names and aliases and with a photograph to differentiate them. In addition, unlike most streaming platforms Starzplay not only offers you a series of predetermined images that you can use as an avatar, but also allows you to add your photos from the mobile phone gallery. Each of the profiles can access their content in “keep watching” or their own downloads.
To create profiles you will simply have to follow a few steps:
- Go to the app
- Tap on the three lines in the lower right corner
- Go to your profile icon at the top
- Available profiles will open
- Tap on “+ Profile”
- Add an alias and a photo
- You will have it ready
- Open Manage Profiles
- Tap on the one you want to edit it
Starzplay allows us to download episodes of series and complete movies to watch them offline. The downloads are similar to any other streaming platform: find the episode you want or the movie and tap on the “download” icon. Once you have downloaded it you can go to the lines in the lower right corner to access your profile and from there to “downloads” where you will see everything you have available to view offline. To delete the series you want, you simply have to tap “Edit” from the downloads section and thus delete chapters that you have already seen or the movies.
There are limits and restrictions on the website itself:
- Not all titles are available for download
- There are geographic display restrictions
- Titles will be automatically removed two weeks later
- The titles will be automatically removed if they are left without a license
Starzplay has applications for iOS and Android or you can use it from the computer through the browser. It is compatible with iPhone and iPad devices with versions equal to or greater than iOS 12 and with most Android mobile phones or tablets as long as the operating system is a version equal to or greater than Android OS 5.
You can also view them from the browser with computers with Windows 8 or later operating system or with OSX 10.5.7 or later. Compatible with browsers Edge, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Safari which you can access to watch any series or movie.
It is also compatible with Chromecast if you want to watch it on television. Just start the application on your mobile phone or tablet and use the Chromecast to send it to the screen. Once you choose you just have to tap on “Play” and it will automatically start broadcasting.
You can also adjust the profiles with parental control from the website of the service. You simply have to go to the profile you are interested in managing and tap on “settings”. Once in the profile editing page you can scroll to the bottom and here you will find a parental control section.
You will have to include a PIN code four digits and once you type it you can use a slider to choose what content they see and what not: from APTO or ER to over 12 years. You just have to adjust the bar depending on the age of the child that you will use the profile and thus cease to have access to series with explicit content of sex, violence or any other content not suitable for them.
If you are going to make an account to test or to see what is there, it is convenient that you cancel it before the trial period expires or you will see how you receive the payment of the first monthly payment. You can do it from the computer through your profile or from the mobile application. In both the steps are simple and very similar.
From the computer:
- Open Starzplay and log in with your account
- Click on the three lines in the upper right corner of the web page
- Go to Settings
- Look for the My subscription section
- Tap on “Manage”
From the mobile phone:
- Tap on the three lines in the lower right corner of the app
- Go to Settings
- Tap in the section “Subscription management”
- You will see the date and the subscription
- Click on the “unsubscribe” button
Keep in mind that even if you cancel the subscription you will continue to have access until the expiration date of the trial period arrives. That is, you can cancel the account the same day you do it and still you will have access for seven days to test whether it convinces you or not. Once you’ve tried it and you like it, just activate a payment again.
Series and films
It may not be the best known that you will have but it does have some titles that are worth trying at least a month or a week of Starzplay. Normal People has been one of the great premieres of 2020 and is available exclusively on this streaming platform telling us a love story from the book of the same name by Sally Rooney. Eleven episodes for which it is definitely worth subscribing to Starzplay. But it is not the only one that we find … Especially lovers of period dramas have on this platform the trilogy of The White Queen, The White Princess and The Spanish Princess based on the novels by Philippa Gregory and which have been criticized as not very faithful to reality but they represent a vintage soap opera to match if you like the theme.
Other of the best series that we can see in Starzplay are The Act, Vida or La chica del tambor, a miniseries based on the novel by John le Carré and one of the best series of the year 2018 with. Beyond series, we also find some recommended movies like Dirty Dancing, American Psycho, The Princess Bride or 12 years of slavery. The catalog is quite extensive in terms of cinema although it is not the platform that you have heard the most about.
Advantages and disadvantages
The main advantages of STARZPLAY is that it offers us all services for a fairly low price, lower than most. You can share it with up to three different people thanks to profiling, you can download series and movies to watch them offline and it has a free period with which you can get an idea if you like it or not. But not all are advantages: the lack of compatibility with applications is its main drawback. At the moment it does not have applications for Smart TV and that makes it uncomfortable if we want to watch series or movies on television as it will mean that we have to use an HDMI or Chromecast to connect the computer or TV to the screen.