Disney streamer business continues to grow, buts losses mount

Walt Disney continued to achieve strong growth in its streaming business during Q4 2022, but at a cost. Across all of its core SVOD brands (Disney+. ESPN+ and Hulu), the company now has 235 million subscribers. But it also reported direct-to-consumer operating losses of $1.5 billion for Q4, thanks to content and marketing investments. The […]

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+ announces Singapore launch via StarHub

Disney+ will land in Singapore via StarHub, the company has revealed. StarHub, one of the four major telcos in Singapore, announced an exclusive deal with Disney to become its official distributor in the country with its TV, mobile and broadband offerings. The streamer will launch in Singapore on February 23 and will be exclusively available […]

Disney+ Hotstar expected to generate US$900 million in India alone by 2025

Disney+ Hotstar, the recently rebranded version of the Star India streamer, is set to become the second highest revenue earning video platform in India by 2025. According to new figures from Media Partners Asia, the SVOD acquired by Disney as a part of the US$71 merger with 20th Century Fox, will see its revenue grow […]

Disney+ launches in India on April 3

Following something of a last-minute pause, Disney will push ahead with the launch of Disney+ in India on April 3. The streamer was meant to launch on March 29 to coincide with the start of the 2020 IPL season, but its rollout was ‘briefly paused’ as the league was put on an indefinite holding pattern. […]

Disney pauses Indian rollout as coronavirus delays IPL season

Despite seeing successful launches in a number of European countries, Disney has postponed the launch of Disney+ in India.  The service was initially set to launch in the country on March 29 via Disney-owned Hotstar, but a spokesperson has confirmed that the rollout has been ‘briefly paused’. The launch was meant to coincide with the […]

Disney+ goes live for ‘small number’ of Hotstar users in India

Disney has quietly launched Disney+ in India ahead of its scheduled March 29 release. The service comes via Disney-owned streamer Hotstar, with the app being updated to Disney+ Hotstar earlier this week. The updated app features a new logo and colour theme, though this is yet to be reflected on Hotstar’s website. Now, 18 days […]

Hotstar gets ‘review bombed’ after pulling Modi episode of Last Week Tonight

Disney-owned streamer Hotstar has landed itself in hot water after deciding not to upload the most recent episode of Last Week Tonight With John Oliver.  In an episode focused on India and president Trump’s visit to the country, presenter Oliver was highly critical of prime minister Narendra Modi’s controversial policies and discussed recent protests in […]

Netflix launches ultra-low-cost promotion in India

Netflix has launched an ultra-cheap one month trial for new customers in India.  As part of a promotional offer, select new customers will be able to use the streamer for INR5 (€0.06) for their first month. Following this trial, the users will then be able to select from the INR199 (€2.55) mobile plan, the INR499 […]