Loki headlines slate of Marvel original series for Disney+

Disney-owned Marvel Studios has unveiled more details about its forthcoming slate of movies and TV series, which will be more integrated than ever before and will form part of the slate for upcoming streaming service Disney+. The Mouse House-backed Marvel Studios revealed the so-called ‘Phase Four’ stage of its Marvel Cinematic Universe over the weekend, […]

Disney replaces ABC studios chief and revamps TV team

Disney has replaced the president of its ABC Studios unit and changed the senior team at 20th Century Television as part of the latest set of moves following its acquisition of 21st Century Fox assets earlier this year. ABC Studios president Patrick Moran and the division’s exec VP of business operations Howard Davine are both […]

Disney hires top Netflix exec to spearhead Disney+ international content expansion

Disney has poached Netflix’s director of original film Matt Brodlie to aid in the growth of Disney+.  The appointment, confirmed by Ricky Strauss, will see Brodlie join as senior vice president of international content development. In this role, Brodlie will head up the development of Disney+’s international content development along with developing the service’s film […]

Three Democrat presidential candidates rally against Sinclair RSN deal

A trifecta of Democrat presidential hopefuls have issued an open letter to the FCC and Justice Department over Sinclair’s purchase of 21 regional sports networks (RSNs) from Disney. Disney was forced to sell off the channels as a part of its acquisition of Fox. The letter, signed by Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Bernie Sanders of […]

Netflix doubles down on ‘no ads, no sport’ commitment

Netflix has reaffirmed that it is not planning on introducing advertising or live sports to the platform. Speaking at SeriesFest 2019 in Denver, chief content officer Ted Sarandos stated that neither advertising or bidding on sports rights are “not core to the proposition”. The latter is an area which Amazon has made great strides in, […]

Disney+ growth to be faster than expected

The upcoming Disney+ OTT service will be more successful internationally than previously anticipated, believes Morgan Stanley analyst Benjamin Swinburne. In a research note published on June 13, Swinburne predicted that subscribers to Disney streaming services will reach more than 130 million by 2024. This includes includes Disney+, ESPN + and Hulu, which Disney recently acquired […]

Lionsgate strikes movie deal with Hulu, FX

Disney-controlled streamer Hulu and cable channel FX have struck a two-year output deal with Lionsgate for films released in 2020 and 2021. The deal is understood to mark the first time an SVOD and cable channel have partnered on a theatrical output deal. The slate for 2020 includes such films as I Still Believe, a biopic of […]

Ampere: 22% of US households to subscribe to new Disney+ streaming service

 A little under a quarter of US households are likely to sign up to Disney+, new research has revealed. According to  consumer research carried out by Qriously for Ampere Analysis, 27% of respondents are already aware of the fledgling SVOD platform, despite minimal promotional activity, with 22% of all respondents indicating that they are likely […]

Disney+ ‘to lead’ doubling of western Europe SVOD base

Subscription video-on-demand numbers in western Europe are set to double over the next five years, with Disney+ contributing hugely to the boom, according to a report by Digital TV Research. According to the Western Europe OTT TV and Video Forecast Report, SVOD gross subscriptions – meaning each subscription service taken up by households – in […]

Super RTL relaunches Kividoo app

Set-top box software solutions provider, 3 Screen Solutions (3SS), has been selected by German children’s broadcaster Super RTL for the relaunch of Kividoo. Kividoo is Super RTL’s SVOD service aimed at children aged 2-13 years and has approximately 30,000 subscribers. 3SS will design and deploy apps with customized UIs for viewing on Android mobiles and […]

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