Disney shuts down FX+ in buildup to Disney+ launch

FX+, the SVOD platform for the channel’s shows, is to shut down, Disney has confirmed. The shuttering of the platform comes in preparation for the launch of Disney+ later this year.  A brief message on the FX+ website confirmed that the streamer will shut down on August 21, just shy of two years after its […]

Hulu reintroduces 4K, but no HDR

Disney-owned Hulu has reintroduced 4K streaming to the platform. The announcement came quietly in a response to a user concern from the Hulu Support Twitter account. The tweet confirmed that users will be able to watch any of Hulu’s original shows – such as The Handmaid’s Tale, Catch-22 and Castle Rock – in 4K UHD. […]

Netflix subscribers “much more engaged with content” than Hulu and Amazon users

Netflix customers are less likely to complain about dissatisfaction with content and technical problems than users of Amazon Prime Video and Hulu. According to a new report from Strategy Analytics looking into the conversations being had by SVOD subscribers, Netflix users are much more likely to spend time discussing characters and storylines in great detail, […]

Parrot Analytics: Netflix dominates in UAE

Netflix has claimed seven out of the top ten originals in-demand in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the week ending June 16, claims Parrot Analytics. Lucifer (746,607 average demand expressions) sits atop the chart, with Black Mirror, Stranger Things, When They See Us and   Designated Survivor – all Netflix originals – making up the […]

Lionsgate strikes movie deal with Hulu, FX

Disney-controlled streamer Hulu and cable channel FX have struck a two-year output deal with Lionsgate for films released in 2020 and 2021. The deal is understood to mark the first time an SVOD and cable channel have partnered on a theatrical output deal. The slate for 2020 includes such films as I Still Believe, a biopic of […]

OTT market to reach US$330 billion by 2025

The fast-growing OTT market is set to reach new heights in the coming years, a new report has claimed. According to a new study from Allied Market Research, the global OTT market reached US$97.43 billion (€86.97 billion) in 2017 and is projected to reach US$332.52 billion (€296.81 billion) by 2025. This translates to a compound […]

70% of Hulu customers subscribe to ad-supported plan, VP reveals

The majority of Hulu subscribers are on an ad-supported plan, senior VP and head of advertising sales Peter Naylor has revealed. Speaking at VideoNuze’s Video Advertising Summit in New York, Naylor provided a deeper dive into the company’s subscriber base. Hulu had previously announced that it had hit 28 million customer accounts, but hadn’t broken […]

Hulu ‘missing piece’ in Disney streaming arsenal

Hulu was the “missing piece in Disney’s streaming strategy”, claims a new report. According to analysis from Ampere, gaining full control of Hulu in 2024 will “allow Disney to reinvent the TV ‘channel family’ for the streaming generation and give it the content scale and bundling flexibility it needs to take the fight to Netflix […]

Disney to assume full control of Hulu

The Mouse House revealed this afternoon (May 14) that it will assume full operational control of the Handmaid’s Tale streamer, effective immediately, in return for Disney and Comcast entering into a “put/call” agreement regarding NBCUniversal’s 33% ownership stake in the platform. Under the deal, Disney can buy NBCUniversal’s interest in Hulu as early as January […]

Viacom plans major international expansion of Pluto TV

Viacom is to exploit “a significant opportunity in leveraging Viacom’s global operating footprint to drive Pluto TV’s growth” beginning with the launch of the recently-acquired free OTT TV service in Switzerland and an expansion of the service in the UK, Germany and Austria, with a Latin American launch scheduled for later this year, according to […]

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