Deutsche Telekom eyes distribution deal for Disney+

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Deutsche Telekom is reportedly in talks with Disney for distribution of Disney+.

According to Bloomberg, the operator views an exclusive deal with Disney for the streamer – which launches in the country on March 24 – will serve to fend off growing competition from Vodafone.

Speaking to the outlet, Deutsche Telekom board member Michael Hagspihl said: “I’m sure we’ll reach a reasonable outcome. Our goal is to be the platform that aggregates the most partners.”

A deal to bring Disney+ to Magenta TV, which has 3.7 million subscribers, would be considered a coup for Deutsche Telekom.

Vodafone has been ramping up its presence in Germany, largely based around its $21bn deal with Liberty Global, which included Unitymedia. It currently has 13.6 million TV customers across the country.

Disney is building up to launches in major European countries including the UK, France and Germany, and has already signed a range of distribution deals.

First to be announced was a deal with Canal+ in France, which means consumers will have to deal with the pay TV operator to access the service or download it directly via Disney+. Earlier today, Sky revealed it had agreed a deal to bring the streamer to its Sky Q platform.

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