StarzPlay is been one of the first streaming services based out of the Middle East, and it continues to push strong content in Arabic and English languages, along with a good amount of sports tie-ins.

Its focus is on sports and original content such as Kaboos but there’s also plenty of syndicated content like Your Honor that gives it a nice selection of movies and TV series to watch.

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How much does it cost to subscribe to StarzPlay in the UAE?

StarzPlay subscription starts at AED 40 per month. You can subscribe to an additional Sports package or the Ultimate package. There’s also a mobile-only version for Sports that starts at AED 14.99 per month.

Joy Ride

Comedy | Rating: R

If you missed Joy Ride when it was released in theatres, you can watch it on Starzplay starting February 23, 2024. 

The hilarious & unapologetically explicit story of identity & self-discovery centers on four unlikely friends who embark on a once-in-a-lifetime international adventure. When Audrey’s business trip to Asia goes sideways, she enlists the aid of Lolo, her irreverent, childhood best friend who also happens to be a hot mess; Kat, her college friend turned Chinese soap star; Deadeye, Lolo’s eccentric cousin. Their no-holds-barred, epic travel experience becomes a journey of bonding, friendship, belonging, and wild debauchery that reveals the universal truth of what it means to know and love who you are.

The movie is directed by Adele Lim, one of the writers of Raya and the Last Dragon and Crazy Rich Asians, and stars Ashley Park, Sherry Cola and Stephanie Hsu.

Finestkind

Crime, Drama| Rating: R

Finestkind tells the story of two half-brothers raised in different worlds who are reunited as adults over a fateful summer. Set against the backdrop of commercial fishing, the story takes on primal stakes when desperate circumstances force the brothers to strike a deal with a violent Boston crime gang.

The movie is written and directed by Brian Helgeland and stars Tommy Lee Jones, Ben Foster, Toby Wallace and Jenna Ortega, and streams on Starzplay on February 15, 2024.

The Black Demon

Drama, Horror, SciFi| Rating: PG

Oilman Paul Sturges’ idyllic family vacation turns into a living nightmare when they encounter a gigantic megalodon shark that will stop at nothing to protect its territory.

Stranded and under constant attack, Paul and his family must somehow find a way to get back to shore alive before it strikes again. 

The movie stars Josh Lucas, Fernanda Urrejola and Julio Cesar Cedillo, and you can stream it now on Starzplay.

The Walking Dead Spin-offs

Drama, Horror | Rating: 18+

The Walking Dead universe keeps expanding with all kinds of spin-offs, and you can watch 4 of them on Starzplay on January 18th!

Starting with The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon. As the title implies, the show follows Norman Reedus’ fan-favourite character, Daryl, as he navigates the zombie-infested landscape of Europe.

The second spin-off, The Walking Dead: Dead City, stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Lauren Cohan’s Maggie and Negan, who travel into a post-apocalyptic Manhattan cut off from the mainland in search of Maggie’s kidnapped son, Hershel.

The Walking Dead: Origins is a docu-series which revisits the stories of major characters, presented and narrated by the cast members who play them, taking a look back at key moments.  

Lastly, Tales of the Walking Dead offers six standalone stories that take place within The Walking Dead universe. Each of the narratives chronicles the experiences of new characters and, on occasion, reprises established figures from the original series.

Hunter x Hunter

Animation, Adventure | Rating: PG

Anime fans are having a blast this week, starting with Hunter x Hunter.

Gon Freecss aspires to become a Hunter, an exceptional being capable of greatness. However, one day he discovers that his father, Ging, who he thought was dead, is in fact alive and well, and that he’s a legendary “Hunter”, an individual who has proven themselves an elite member of humanity.

You can watch all 6 seasons on Starzplay starting January 01, 2024.

Death Note Season 1

Anime, Crime

In Tokyo, an intelligent high school student named Light Yagami finds the “Death Note”, a mysterious black notebook that can end anyone’s life as long as the writer knows both the target’s true name and face.

He goes on a secret crusade to eliminate criminals from the world.

The Anime stars Mamoru Miyano, Brad Swaile and Vincent Tong, and streams on Starzplay January 01, 2024.

Paddington

Adventure | Rating: PG

Paddington fans in the region can enjoy watching both movies now from the comfort of your homes! 

A young Peruvian bear travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he meets the kindly Brown family, who offer him a temporary haven. 

The movie stars Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins and Julie Walters, and streams on Starzplay December 22, 2023.

Kin

Crime, Drama | Rating: 18+

Fans of Kin TV show can now watch both seasons 1 and 2 on Starzlay!

Kin tells the story of a fictional Dublin family embroiled in gangland war and speaks to the enduring unbreakable bonds of blood and family. 

The series stars Daredevil’s Charlie Cox, Clare Dunne and Aidan Gillen and streams on Starzplay starting December 7, 2023.

Fargo Season 5

Crime, Drama | Rating: 15

After streaming the first four seasons of the award-winning anthology Fargo earlier this month in preparation for the new season, Starzplay is bringing season 5 this week.

This season, we journey to 2019 North Dakota, where Dorothy “Dot” Lyon, a seemingly ordinary homemaker, finds herself entangled in a web of secrets and lies that quickly spirals out of control.

The series stars Ewan McGregor, Carrie Coon, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Michael Stuhlbarg, and streams on Starzplay November 22.

Anything for Jackson

Horror, Mystery | Rating: Not Rated

This movie is a spine-tingling horror that will explore the depths of parental love and the terrifying consequences of tampering with forces beyond our understanding.

When their beloved grandson Jackson passes away in a tragic accident, Audrey and Henry, a grieving couple in their 70s, are consumed by an overwhelming desire to bring their precious boy back to life.

Consumed by their grief and driven by a desperate need to undo the unbearable loss, they delve into the forbidden world of black magic, seeking the help of an ancient spellbook and the malevolent entity bound within its pages.   

The stars Sheila McCarthy, Julian Richings and Konstantina Mantelos, and streams on Starzplay on 24 November.

Pennyworth Season 3

Action, Crime | Rating: 15

Pennyworth is back with season 3 on Starzplay, which tells the origin story of Alfred Pennyworth, a former special-forces soldier living in London and how he becomes Batman’s trusted butler.

After forming his own security company, Pennyworth is hired by his first client, none other than young Thomas Wayne! He came to work for Bruce Wayne’s father. 

The series stars Jack Bannon, Ryan Fletcher and Ben Aldridge, and streams on November 12, 2023.

John and the Hole

Bio, Sports | Rating: 12

John is a wealthy teenager who finds a deep hole in the woods near his home. For no apparent reason, John drugs his parents and older sister and throws them in the hole, then returns home to live a new life of independence.

The film explores questions about human nature, the desire for freedom, and the true meaning of family. It is a mysterious and disturbing film that leaves the viewer with much to think about.

The movie is directed by Pascual Sisto and stars Charlie Shotwell, Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Ehle, and streams on Starzplay on November 12, 2023.

Fargo

Crime, Drama | Rating: 15

Fargo is an American anthology crime drama created by Noah Hawley and produced by FX Productions. It is inspired by Coen brothers 1996’s film of the same name, and takes place within the same fictional universe.

The show follows a different stories and mostly new characters and cast each season. Each season is heavily influenced by various Coen brothers films, with each containing numerous references to them.

You can watch all four seasons now on Starzplay and be ready to watch season 5 soon.

C*A*U*G*H*T Season 1

Comedy| Rating: 18+

When four Australian soldiers got captured behind enemy lines on a secret mission, they decided to produce a hostage video that went viral, causing a media stir and attracting the attention of the world.

The soldiers realize that the video may be their only chance to escape from captivity. However, they soon discover that they are facing more than what it seems.

C*A*U*G*H*T Season 1 consists of 6 episodes, with a great cast that includes Sean Penn, Travis Fimmel, Ben O’Toole ,Susan Sarandon, Matthew Fox, Kick Gurry, and is streaming now on Starzplay.

Medinah Season 1

Action, Adventure | Rating: 18+

Ahmed Al Baker created Medinah a story about a group of strangers trying to survive in the desert after a rocket launch goes wrong.

Fighting for their lives in the heat of the desert with no resources nearby, they must use all their wit and strength to make it out alive while the corporation that launched the rocket tries to figure out what went wrong.

Medinah is a Qatari production, and it features both Arabic and English languages. It streams on Starzplay from October 19, 2023.

BlackBerry

Comedy, Biography | Rating: 18+

Based on a true story, BlackBerry follows the remarkable rise and fall of the mobile technology company as it fails to pivot against challenging corporate shenanigans, as well as stiff competition from Apple and the newly released iPhone.

Matt Johnson directs the movie and features Jay Baruchel, Glenn Howerton, Matt Johnson, and more.

Abbas Jaffar Ali
Abbas Jaffar Ali

Abbas has been covering tech for more than two decades- before phones became smart or clouds stored data. He brought publications like CNET, TechRadar and IGN to the Middle East.

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