Disney becomes world’s largest streaming operator

Disney has overtaken Netflix as the world’s largest streaming operator. In its Q3 2022 earnings, the company revealed that it had a total of 221.1 million streaming customers globally, overtaking Netflix’s total of 220.67 million worldwide.  The company added 14.4 million Disney+ subscribers, beating analyst expectations of 10 million due to the pull of originals […]

Prey becomes biggest ever Hulu launch

Prey, the spin-off prequel to the iconic Predator franchise, has become streaming service Hulu’s biggest ever premiere the streamer has said. The movie, which has received near universal praise, had a bigger aggregate viewing time over its first three days than any title ever launched on the Disney-owned streaming platform. It beat out previous record […]

Walmart holds talks with media giants to add streaming to ‘plus’ subscription

Walmart has reportedly held talks with a handful of major media organisations over the prospect of bundling streaming services into its Walmart+ membership. Much like the internationally-known Amazon Prime subscription, the US$12.95 per month membership is largely based around free shipping on orders, while offering a number of perks including discounts on fuel and a […]

Starz launches on Vizio smart TVs

Lionsgate-owned streamer Starz is now available on Vizio smart TVs. Starting today, millions of homes in the US will be able to access the SVOD via their smart TVs, with Vizio consistently ranking as the third-largest smart TV manufacturer in the country. Starz will offer Vizio users monthly and annual subscription options directly from the […]

HBO Max launches new mobile app

Days after revealing that HBO Max is set to be shuttered in mid-2023 in favour of a combined offer with discovery+, the SVOD is getting a new mobile and desktop app. While HBO Max’s content offering has been widely celebrated thanks to hit originals like Peacemaker and Hacks, the app’s architecture has been built on […]

Only 1% of Netflix subscribers are playing its games

Despite a heavy investment in the area, Netflix subscribers are yet to embrace the company’s advancements into video games, says a new report. According to app analytics company Apptopia, Netflix’s 20-plus games available on mobile have been downloaded a total of 23.3 million times with an average of 1.7 million daily users.  While this would […]

Disney+ launches on Foxtel STBs

Australian telco The Foxtel Group has announced the integration of Disney+ on its set-top boxes. More than 1.7 million subscribers using an iQ3, iQ4 or iQ5 STB will be able to access the Disney SVOD, which is available in the country for AUS$11.99 per month. Kylie Watson-Wheeler, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of The […]

SVOD sees decline in UK

The UK’s economic crisis may be hitting subscription streaming services, with the number of households with access to an SVOD service declining.  According to the latest Establishment Survey from the Broadcasters Audience Research Board (BARB), 19.19 million UK homes (67% of households) had access to an SVOD service, a decrease of 382,000, or almost 2%, […]