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Disney investor Third Point demands Hulu integration and ESPN spin-off

New York-based hedge fund Third Point has taken a stake in Disney with a demand for sweeping changes including spinning off ESPN, integrating Hulu into Disney+, board changes and cutting costs. In a letter to Disney boss Bob Chapek, Third Point’s chief executive Dan Loeb congratulated the Mouse House’s chief on “a terrific quarter” and […]

Disney becomes world’s largest streaming operator

Disney has overtaken Netflix as the world’s largest streaming operator. In its Q3 2022 earnings, the company revealed that it had a total of 221.1 million streaming customers globally, overtaking Netflix’s total of 220.67 million worldwide.  The company added 14.4 million Disney+ subscribers, beating analyst expectations of 10 million due to the pull of originals […]

ESPN+ renews DFB-Pokal rights

Disney-owned ESPN has announced a renewed rights deal with the DFB-Pokal, Germany’s top domestic football cup competition. The deal will see premium streamer ESPN+ broadcast a minimum of 40 DFB-Pokal matches each season through to 2026. All matches will be broadcast in English on ESPN+, with select games each season made available on ESPN networks […]

Abu Dhabi Media and Starzplay pick up Serie A; ESPN renews EFL deal

Abu Dhabi Media and Starzplay have confirmed that they have acquired the MENA rights to Italy’s Serie A.  ADM previously said that it had picked up the rights last month, in a deal worth a reported minimum total of €75 million.  Starzplay will exclusively stream Serie A, along with Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana for […]

ESPN+ gets 43% price hike

Disney has announced a price increase to its sports streaming service ESPN+. The price of ESPN+ is being increased by US$3 per month to US$9.99, an increase of 43%, starting August 23. The annual fee is also being increased from US$69.99 to US$99.99.  The price change is likely a play from Disney to drive users […]

ESPN retains Tour de France rights in LATAM in new deal with ASO

Disney-owned ESPN has renewed its rights deal with cycling’s Tour de France in Latin America and the Caribbean for a further five years. The new deal with the Amaury Sport Organisation runs from 2023-27, and covers the Tour de France along with the newly created Tour de France Femmes, La Vuelta a España, Critérium du […]

Netflix reportedly considering F1 rights for US

Netflix is reportedly eyeing its first sports rights grab in the US with Formula One. The streamer to date has historically said that it had no interest in entering into sports broadcasting, but a recent downturn in fortunes has led the company to re-evaluate its previous approach to business. Now Business Insider is reporting that […]

XFL announces 2023 kick-off with global Disney rights deal

Upstart NFL-rival the XFL has boosted its chances of success the third time around by securing a global rights deal with Disney. The deal will see Disney own the exclusive global broadcast rights for all the league’s matches per season from 2023-27. The mouse house has said that it will broadcast matches on a combination […]

Disney beats analyst expectations to add 8 million subs

Disney+ has gained 7.9 million new subscribers in its fiscal second quarter of 2022, with the Mouse House-owned service now claiming a total of 137.7 million worldwide. The figure surpasses Wall Street expectations, which had predicted that the Walt Disney Company streamer, which carries shows such as Moon Knight, Pam & Tommy and The Book Of Boba Fett, would […]

Disney partners with KPN for Disney+/ESPN bundle

Dutch telco KPN has announced an expanded distribution deal with Disney. The deal will see KPN offer Disney+ to subscribers, while it also sees the continued carriage of ESPN sports channels. Subscribers can add Disney+ to their KPN subscription for €8.99 per month, or the combination of Disney+ and ESPN Complete for €19.99 – representing […]

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