Disney’s Iger steps down from Apple board

Disney CEO Bob Iger has announced his resignation from Apple’s board.  According to a filing from Apple, Iger resigned on September 10 – the same day that the company revealed the launch date and pricing for Apple TV+. This officially put Apple and Disney in direct competition with one another. In a statement published by […]

Disney+ debuts in the Netherlands with free trial

Disney+, the new streaming service from the media giant, is now available in the Netherlands on Android devices for a free trial. The trial, with limited content, is free and includes Disney’s Collection section, which includes movies and shows grouped into collections to make content discovery easier. Disney will use the Dutch launch as a […]

Disney leases bulk of UK’s Pinewood Studios

Disney has become the latest US-based outfit to secure a long-term arrangement for production space in the UK, after agreeing a far-reaching deal with Pinewood Studios. The agreement will see the Mouse House taking almost all of Pinewood’s stage space, as well as its back lots and production accommodation, from 2020. The deal will reportedly […]

Disney sells final Fox RSN for US$3.5 bn to group including Amazon

Disney has announced the sale of the YES Network to an investor group for US$3.47 billion (€3.14 billion). The YES Network is the US’s most-watched regional sports network (RSN) with content dedicated to the New York Yankees, the Brooklyn Nets, New York City FC and New York Liberty. The investor group purchasing the 80% stake […]

Sinclair completes US$10.6bn Fox RSN deal 

US broadcast group Sinclair has confirmed the US$10.6 billion capture of 21 regional sports networks (RSNs) and Fox College Sports.  The deal, first announced in May, was a part of Disney’s obligation to divest 22 Fox-owned RSNs in order to end the US Department of Justice Antitrust Division’s investigation into its acquisition of 21st Century […]

Apple eyes November launch for Apple TV+ at US$9.99

Apple is planning on rolling out its premium streaming service for US$9.99 per month starting in November. According to a report in Bloomberg, the company wants Apple TV+ to be a part of its drive to reach US$50 billion in service sales by 2020 with a launch globally in over 150 countries.  The pricing puts […]

Disney announces international launch for Disney+

Disney has announced the international launch of its new streaming platform Disney+ in four countries. The service will launch in Canada and the Netherlands in tandem with the US launch on November 12. That will be followed by a launch in Australia and New Zealand on November 19. Pricing will be competitively placed at €6.99 […]

Charter signs Disney deal with potential for streaming distribution

US telco Charter and Disney have signed an expanded distribution deal which opens the door to the future possibility of carrying Disney’s streaming services Hulu, ESPN+ and Disney +. The multi-year deal will see the telco’s Spectrum service offer a range of Disney’s ever-increasing roster of TV channels, including ESPN, the soon-to-launch ACC Network and […]

Disney announces streaming bundle for US$12.99 

Disney has continued its aggressive streaming strategy by announcing a US$12.99 (€11.76) bundle package of its three streaming services – Hulu, ESPN+ and the soon to launch Disney+. The package, announced by CEO Bob Iger during the company’s Q2 earnings call, will be available in the US from November 12.  It will be comprised of […]

WWE walks away from Disney tech for Network refresh

Wrestling giant WWE has shifted away from Disney’s BAMTech for its refreshed WWE Network SVOD. Announced in its Q2 earnings call, the updated Network provides users with improved video quality, a refined UI for navigating the service’s VOD library, and an enhanced search function – all aspects which had been points of derision for the platform […]

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