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Disney agrees ‘groundbreaking’ NHL deal

Disney has agreed a seven-year deal with the US’s National Hockey League (NHL) in what has been described as a “groundbreaking” agreement. The deal will see Disney hold TV, streaming and media rights to bring NHL coverage to NBC, ESPN and its streaming platforms. The Stanley Cup Final – the showpiece fixture at the end […]

Disney adds ESPN+ to Hulu

Disney has integrated ESPN+ into Hulu as it continues to evolve its DTC strategy. The company will hope that providing greater access to ESPN+ via Hulu will boost signups to the US$5.99 per month offer, which is the least subscribed to part of Disney’s streaming portfolio. ESPN+ has benefitted from its inclusion in the ‘Disney […]

NFL close to US$100 billion broadcast deal

The NFL’s next domestic rights deal could exceed US$100 billion, cementing the league’s position as the most lucrative in all of sports. According to the New York Post, the NFL is in the process of discussing TV rights deals with its partners, with the next set of agreements potentially lasting 10 years. While this would […]

Disney+ to reach US$4 billion in US subscription revenue alone by 2022

Disney+ is set to surpass US$4 billion in revenue from US subscriptions alone by 2022. According to eMarketer, the rapid growth of the streamer which launched in 2019 is set to continue in the coming years. The firm noted that the streamer amassed US$0.13 billion in subscription revenues by the end of 2019 – representing […]

‘Big three’ continue to dominate US SVOD chart, but newer players having an impact

Netflix has once again emerged as the top subscription streamer in the US, but the impact of newer players is being felt in the market. According to Parks Associate’s update list of the top 10 US SVOD services through to September 2020, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney-owned Hulu continue to make up the top […]

Disney eliminates 500 jobs from sports broadcaster ESPN

Disney-owned sports broadcaster ESPN has announced further cost-cutting measures by laying off about 300 employees and eliminating around 500 jobs from its global workforce. The cuts translate to roughly 10% of ESPN’s global workforce, with the sportscaster contributing them to the impact of the pandemic and its business. The company is also planning to leave […]

Verizon and Disney renew distribution deal, add Hulu and ESPN+

Disney has renewed and expanded its US distribution deal with mobile operator Verizon. The pair first signed a deal in October 2019 that would give 4G LTE, 5G unlimited, 5G home wireless internet and Fios broadband customers a year’s free access to Disney+. In a new deal, new select Mix & Match Unlimited customers will […]

Disney at 100 million streaming subs but still suffers multi-billion dollar hit

Disney has surpassed a milestone of 100 million streaming subscribers worldwide, but announced a disappointing Q3 with losses of US$5 billion. The company’s D2C streaming segment was the lone bright spark for the company, with Disney+ having 60.5 million paying customers as of Monday – up from 54.5 million on May 4. However, the results […]

ESPN extends African reach with MultiChoice deal

South Africa-based pay TV operator MultiChoice and Disney have struck a deal that will see sports service ESPN launch across MultiChoice’s African markets on the DStv platform. Two 25-hour ESPN channels will be made available to DStv customer from July 29, bringing sports content such as the National Basketball Association (NBA), National Football League (NFL), […]

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