There have been media reports since 2014 that Starz was in talks to be bought out. Other potential acquirers included Twenty-First Century Fox and CBS.
Starz ended talks for a buyout last year with potential buyers, including AMC, due to differences over valuation, Bloomberg reported in December. (http://bloom.bg/1LwDFi9)
Malone is the largest individual investor in Starz, which makes TV shows such as "Outlander" and "Da Vinci's Demons." The company was spun off from Malone's Liberty Media.
Shares of AMC, known for shows such as "The Walking Dead," were slightly up at $74.44 in extended trading after closing 2.4 percent higher in regular trade.