Disney Plus

Disney+ launches Star hub with thousands of hours of shows and movies

Disney has launched adult-oriented Star, the first major expansion to Disney+ since the SVOD’s launch in November 2019. Available across Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Canada, the new hub launches as a dedicated brand within Disney+. It comes with a catalogue of thousands of hours of movies and shows from Disney General Entertainment Content, including […]

Amazon wins Q4, but Disney+ dominates 2020 SVOD signups

Amazon accounted for almost half of the UK’s new streaming customers across the festive period, a new report has revealed. According to figures from Kantar, Amazon attracted 49% of the 1.3 million new subscriptions in the final quarter of 2020 – approximately 635,000 signups. Amazon managed to draw in almost three times more subscribers than […]

Disney+ announces Singapore launch via StarHub

Disney+ will land in Singapore via StarHub, the company has revealed. StarHub, one of the four major telcos in Singapore, announced an exclusive deal with Disney to become its official distributor in the country with its TV, mobile and broadband offerings. The streamer will launch in Singapore on February 23 and will be exclusively available […]

Disney+ content chief Ricky Strauss exits, Mouse House rejigs senior execs

Disney+ content chief Ricky Strauss is stepping from his position, after nine years with the company. Strauss took up his most recent role of president of programming & content curation for Disney+ and Hulu last year, following the overhaul that put streaming at the centre of the company’s operations. His remit is being absorbed by Joe Earley, […]

Netflix announces UK price increase

Netflix has announced a price hike in the UK as it looks for ways to cover its ever increasing content budget. The streaming leader has told customers that they will be charged more starting from next month. The standard tier, which covers streaming on two screens simultaneously in HD, will be upped from £8.99 to […]

Disney+ reveals initial Star brand content offering

Disney+ has announced some of the first titles to launch on its new Star brand next month, including the first two Star Originals – thriller Big Sky and romantic comedy Love, Victor. Big Sky comes from Big Little Lies creator David E. Kelley and follows private detectives Cassie Dewell (Kyle Bunbury) and Cody Hoyt (Ryan […]

Disney confirms plans to lay off 32,000 staff

Disney has announced that it will lay off more than 30,000 staff in the first half of 2021. Following the announced laying off of 28,000 staff in September, the company confirmed that it would reduce its workforce by a total of 32,000 workers next year in a filing with the Securities and Exchange commission. A […]

Disney considers further streaming shift, with Cruella and others considered for Disney+

Disney is reportedly considering shifting more of its planned cinematic releases to its SVOD Disney+ in a move which could have a seismic effect on an industry already on its knees. According to a Deadline report, live action Disney classic adaptations Cruella, Pinocchio and Peter Pan and Wendy – all initially scheduled for cinematic release […]

Disney+ launches in Latin America and Caribbean

Disney+ has continued its global expansion, launching in Latin America and across the Caribbean. First announced in August, the expansion will see Disney+ be the exclusive LATAM home for Disney’s IP from brands like Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic. Announcing the launch, the company also stated its commitment to the local market, saying […]

Disney+ at 73 million subs as quarterly losses start to add up

Disney’s streaming division continues to go from strength to strength, with the company amassing more than 120 million subscribers globally as of the end of Q4. Described as “the real bright spot amidst the pandemic” by CEO Bob Chapek on the company’s earnings call, the dominant force in the D2C group is Disney+, which has […]