Disney+ now on Panasonic TVs

Disney+ is now available on 4K Panasonic TVs released from 2017 onwards which feature the My Home Screen operating system. On compatible TVs, the Disney+ app icon will become visible in the Application view, allowing viewers to watch Disney+ content. The service will be available on 4K Panasonic TVs with my Home Screen OS with […]

Disney implements theatrical release plan with 45-day window

Disney is to make most of its movies available exclusively in theatres for a limited 45-day window to the end of this year before they are available on its streaming service Disney+. Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution has unveiled plans for the theatrical release windows for the remainder of its 2021 slate of films. The […]

ESPN picks up Bundesliga rights for South America

The German Bundesliga has announced a major broadcast rights deal with ESPN in Spanish-speaking South America. The Disney-owned sports broadcaster has picked up the exclusive rights for the next five seasons in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela. As part of the deal, ESPN has secured exclusive television and digital rights […]

Disney ups Hulu prices

Disney has announced an increase to Hulu subscription costs. Starting on October 8, both Hulu’s ad-supported and ad-free tiers are increasing in cost by US$1 to US$6.99 and US$12.99 per month respectively. The company is not increasing the cost of its cord-cutting Hulu + Live TV service. This is the latest attempt from Disney to […]

Disney to shutter Hotstar US as content including IPL is migrated to Hulu and ESPN+

Disney is to migrate content from Hotstar to ESPN+ and Hulu in the US, effectively shuttering the streamer’s operations in the US. Disney acquired Hotstar as a part of the US$71.3 billion Fox acquisition that closed in 2019. The brand is prominent in Asia, and serves as the house of Disney+ content in a number […]

Disney to surpass Netflix for streaming subs in Southeast Asia by end of 2021

Disney+ Hotstar is expected to overtake Netflix in the Southeast Asia region by the end of the year. According to Digital TV Europe’s sister research house Omdia, the regional version of Disney’s streaming service, which incorporates the existing Hotstar brand, will surpass Netflix for subscribers in 2021. The report notes that successful launches in Indonesia, […]

Disney+ at 116 million subs as company announces further SEA expansion

Disney+ is to roll out in South Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan this November. These next Asia Pacific launches for the Disney-owned global streaming service were announced at the company’s Q3 earnings call, where it was also revealed that the existing service in Japan will expand in October to include new general entertainment content. The […]

Vodafone Spain integrates Disney+ in revamped TV offering

Vodafone España has integrated the Disney+ streaming service in its TV offering, bringing content including from the Disney, Pixar, Marvel, National Geographic, Star Wars and Star brands, to its users. Vodafone said that the arrival of Disney+ in its portfolio of TV services was part of a revamp of its offering of content that was […]

ESPN+ gets price hike following glut of rights acquisitions

Disney has increased the price of its US sports streaming service ESPN+. The company has confirmed that the service’s monthly cost will increase by US$1 per month from US$5.99 to US$6.99, while an annual subscription cost has been upped to US$69.99 from US$59.99. This is the second time this year that Disney has increased the […]

Disney hires Netflix director of product innovation to lead streaming experimentation

Disney Streaming Services has hired Netflix’s former director of product innovation for growth as its senior VP of product, commerce and experimentation. Ajay Arora, who pioneered Netflix’s low-priced subscription offering for developing markets, will have responsibilities across Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+ and Star+.  In addition to four years at Netflix, Arora worked at Amazon’s audiobook business […]

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