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Record ad commitments for Disney

Disney has revealed that it has secured US$9 billion in commitments from advertisers for the 2022-23 fiscal year. The figure is a record for the media giant, which is set to launch an ad-supported version of Disney+ in the US in late 2022. Streaming services Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu made up 40% of the total […]

Disney and Bezeq abandon streaming exclusivity deal in Israel

Less than a month after launching in Israel, Disney has cancelled an exclusive distribution deal with Bezeq-owned satellite TV unit YES.  The pair announced a tie-up earlier this year which would see YES act as the streamer’s exclusive distributor in the country. The company had reportedly agreed to pay NIS150 million (€41 million) over the […]

Disney agrees Bezeq distribution ahead of Israel launch for Disney+

DBS Satellite services, a subsidiary of Israeli telco Bezeq, has announced a distribution agreement with Disney for the Mouse House’s entry into the local streaming market.  The deal will see Bezeq-owned mobile operator Pelephone and satellite operator yes distribute Disney+ when it launches in Israel next month.  The Bezeq subsidiaries have agreed to distribute the […]

Streaming industry holds breath on Disney results

An already nervous streaming industry is bracing itself for the release of Disney’s latest financial results on Wednesday. In the wake of Netflix’s first subscriber loss in a decade last month, Wall Street investors have been reevaluating their position on streaming operators as the market enters a new period of maturation.  Netflix’s poor Q4 2021 […]

Disney partners with KPN for Disney+/ESPN bundle

Dutch telco KPN has announced an expanded distribution deal with Disney. The deal will see KPN offer Disney+ to subscribers, while it also sees the continued carriage of ESPN sports channels. Subscribers can add Disney+ to their KPN subscription for €8.99 per month, or the combination of Disney+ and ESPN Complete for €19.99 – representing […]

Disney appoints former Google VP as streaming CTO

Disney Streaming has announced the appointment of former Google tech pioneer Jeremy Doig as its new chief technology officer. Doig will lead the tech strategy for Disney’s DTC platforms including Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+, and Star+. He will report directly to Michael Paull, president, Disney Streaming. The exec joins from Google, where he served for 18 […]

Disney+ adds 12 million as company beats revenue predictions

Disney has quieted concerns over a faltering end to 2021 by returning to form in its Q1 2022 results, adding 11.8 million Disney+ subscribers. The company suffered ignominy after failing to hit targets in the final quarter of its 2021 financial year, but the company beat estimates in Q1 thanks to strong parks performance and […]

Disney+ experiments with first livestream

Disney+ has dipped its toe into livestreaming for the first time. On February 8, the company ran a livestream of the  94th Oscar nominations on Disney+ in the US, with the event also livestreamed to Hulu, ABC News Live and the Academy Awards own platforms. To date, Disney has shown no aspiration to make Disney+ […]

Disney+ surpasses US$2 billion for consumer spend

Disney+ has surpassed US$2 billion in lifetime consumer spend via mobile app stores, claims a new report.  According to data analytics firm App Annie, Disney+ is one of only 35 apps to have surpassed the milestone, and is 1 of only 5 video streaming providers to surpass US$2 billion alongside Netflix, YouTube, Tencent Video and […]

Disney+ to expand to 42 additional EMEA countries this summer

Disney has set out a significant expansion plan for its SVOD service Disney+. The company has revealed plans to launch in 42 countries in Europe and MENA this summer, adding to the 18 European markets where it has launched since Disney+’s initial rollout in November 2019. The full list of new markets for Disney+ includes: […]

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