Disney+ relaunches on PS5 with 4K support

Disney has announced the relaunch of the Disney+ app on PlayStation 5 consoles. The headline feature of the relaunch is the oft-requested addition of support for 4K HDR – a feature which has long been supported by streaming apps on PS5 such as Netflix, Prime Video and HBO Max. The PS5 however does not support […]

Disney+ names Alisa Bowen as president ahead of ad tier launch

Disney+ has named Alisa Bowen as its new president, following a three-year stint overseeing global streaming operations for the Mouse House. She will work with Disney+ execs around the world to expand the reach of the service, which is launching an ad-supported offering in early December. Her remit includes working to support the streamer across Disney’s operations […]

Disney+ approaches 2 million Nordic subs

After 24 months, Disney+ has amassed almost 2 million subscribers in the Nordics, a new report has found. According to Mediavision, the streamer which launched on September 15 2020 in the region has attracted more than 1.7 million subscribing households and has established itself with a strong position within the kids and family segment. Sweden […]

Netflix set to beat Disney with November ad-tier launch

Netflix has reportedly moved to push forward its plans to launch an ad-supported offering in November. The company, which recently poached two execs from Snapchat to head up its ad sales business, is said by Variety to be keen on beating Disney to the punch, with an ad-supported Disney+ to launch in the US in […]

Disney+ biggest winner as New Zealand bucks lockdown easing trend

More than two-thirds of New Zealanders watch subscription TV each month. According to new data from Roy Morgan, over 2.95 million people over the age of 14 in the country consume SVOD or pay TV services in an average month. Despite global trends seeing pay TV usage down following the easing of lockdown restrictions, total […]

Executive shuffle at Disney TV Studios

Eric Schrier has been named president of Disney Television Studios & business operations, Disney General Entertainment (DGE), as part of a senior exec reshuffle under Dana Walden. In her first exec changes since being appointed as DGE chairman in June, Walden has also promoted Craig Erwich to president of ABC Entertainment, Hulu & Disney Branded Television […]

Disney hires Google exec to head Disney+ Hotstar

Disney has raided Google for its new head of Indian streaming giant Disney+ Hotstar. Sajith Sivanandan becomes EVP and head of Disney+ Hotstar, reporting into Rebecca Campbell, chairman of Disney’s international content and operations group, and K Madhavan, president of India’s Disney Star. Sajith Sivanandan Sivanandan’s remit includes oversight of all Disney+ Hotstar business in […]

Parrot Analytics: Stranger Things continues all-conquering run

Netflix’s Stranger Things continued its all-conquering run as the most in-demand streaming original, this time in Spain for the week commencing August 14, according to Parrot Analytics latest research. Parrot Analytics analyses the demand for recent popular digital titles across international markets, based on the application of artificial intelligence to expressions of demand across social […]

Billionaire Loeb’s Disney demands met by tepid industry response

Industry executives and analysts have reacted with incredulity to billionaire activist investor Daniel Loeb’s list of demands at Disney. Earlier this week, it was revealed that Loeb’s Third Point hedge fund had taken a US$1 billion stake in Disney days after the company announced it had overtaken Netflix as the world’s largest streaming operator.  Loeb, […]

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