Disney and ViacomCBS to lean on extensive libraries for international streaming products

Somewhat buried under the news that its streaming business has exceeded 100 million subscribers and that its Summer blockbuster film is going straight to home rental for US$29.99, Disney actually used its Q3 earnings call to quietly announce a new international streaming service. Launching next year, the company will offer an international streamer dubbed Star […]

ViacomCBS reveals more details about 2021 super streamer

ViacomCBS has revealed more details about its expanded international streaming service. Teased for months by the media giant as a ‘super service’ streamer, the company utilised its quarterly earnings call to shine a light on “broad pay” CBS All Access product which will combine a selection of content from its brands including CBS, MTV, Comedy […]

The growing AVOD market – listen to the latest episode of TV Watch now

The latest episode of TV Watch, a new podcast from Digital TV Europe is now live. Hosted by Digital TV Europe deputy editor Jonathan Easton, TV Watch is a new podcast looking at the biggest news and trends in the worlds of broadcasting, streaming and everything else to do with the TV industry in Europe […]

Discovery aims for streaming ‘SUV’ against Netflix and Amazon ‘sports cars’

Discovery is close to unveiling details of plans for a US streaming service that CEO David Zaslav likened to “a new SUV” that would set out on the road built by Netflix and Amazon but currently primarily used by those companies’ “great sports cars”. Speaking to analysts after Discovery posted its latest quarterly numbers, Zaslav […]

Quibi launches free ad-supported tier in Australia and New Zealand

Short-form streamer Quibi has launched in Australia and New Zealand and, in a move which acts counter to previous statements from the company, is offering a free ad-supported tier. The SVOD, which first launched in the US and Canada at the beginning of April, was previously offering a US$5 per month ad-supported service or US$8 […]

Ofcom: older viewers driving COVID-19 boost in streaming

UK adults doubled the amount of time spent on streamers during the peak of the Covid-19 lockdown, a report from the country’s media regulator has found. Ofcom revealed the finding in its Media Nations 2020 report, adding that 12 million adults had signed up to streaming services in April, with three million of those having […]

Disney to launch adult-oriented Star streamer internationally in 2021

Buoyed by the news that Disney+ had reached 60.5 million subscribers as part of a total subscriber base of 100 million for its D2C segment, Disney has announced that it will launch a new international streaming service. Launching next year, the company will offer an international streaming service dubbed Star, and while details are scarce, […]

Mulan goes TVOD as Disney attempts to revive faltering movie business

Disney will follow other major movie studios in making its delayed blockbuster Mulan available to rent via Disney+. Like other major movie studios, Disney has had to shelve its major cinematic releases, with Marvel movies The New Mutants and Black Widow both being pushed back to later in 2020. Unfortunate timing meant that the live […]

Disney at 100 million streaming subs but still suffers multi-billion dollar hit

Disney has surpassed a milestone of 100 million streaming subscribers worldwide, but announced a disappointing Q3 with losses of US$5 billion. The company’s D2C streaming segment was the lone bright spark for the company, with Disney+ having 60.5 million paying customers as of Monday – up from 54.5 million on May 4. However, the results […]

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