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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 control of Hulu in 2024

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 […]

Iger: Disney needs Comcast ‘cooperation’ to realise Hulu ambition

Disney is “bullish” about the potential of Hulu, including international expansion, but will have to strike an agreement with Comcast to achieve its goals, according to CEO Bob Iger. Speaking after Disney posted better than expected second fiscal quarter results, Iger also said that Disney’s movie activities and new streaming service Disney+ will be intricately […]

Parrot Analytics: YouTube strikes gold with Cobra Kai

YouTube Premium series Cobra Kai has topped Parrot Analytics’ list of in-demand digital originals in the UK for the week ending May 5. With an average of 6,332,298 demand expressions for the week, Cobra Kai was significantly ahead of Star Trek: Discovery (4,718,657), the CBS Discovery title that is distributed by Netflix internationally. Parrot Analytics […]

Hulu outpaces Netflix with strong subscriber growth

Disney and Comcast-backed streaming service Hulu has grown its total customer base to over 28 million, including 26.8 million paying customers, the outfit has revealed. The news that the SVOD service has added 3.8 million paying customers so far this year means its US growth far outpaced that of Netflix, which added 1.7 million customers […]

Hulu buys back AT&T stake

US streaming service Hulu has struck a deal with AT&T to take back a 9.5% minority stake from the company for US$1.43 billion, as the telecoms company looks to reduce its debt. The transaction valued Hulu a US$15 billion. It did not require any governmental or other third-party approvals and was simultaneously signed and closed. […]

Disney reportedly in talks to acquire WarnerMedia Hulu stake

Disney is in active talks with AT&T to acquire WarnerMedia’s 10% stake in Hulu, according to Variety. The house of mouse is already set to own 60% of the US streamer once it closes its acquisition of 21stCentury Fox assets. If the deal with WarnerMedia were to go forward, it would have a majority stake […]

Hulu and WarnerMedia execs reveal details of future streaming plans

Top brass at Hulu and WarnerMedia have lifted the lid on their streaming plays as the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour reaches its final week. TBS and TNT president Kevin Reilly, who is to lead the content strategy for parent company WarnerMedia’s new streaming service, said that the business – whose portfolio includes HBO, […]

Disney breaks out D2C numbers, looks at international Hulu launches

Disney broke out its revenues and operating loss for direct-to-consumer and international activities as a separate line for the first time in its Q1 results, posting revenues of US$918 million (€806 million), down 1%, and an operating loss of US$136 million, up from loss of US$42 million, for the unit. The company said that revenues […]

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