Sony replaces LA Screenings with ‘virtual & on-demand’ event

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has unveiled plans to create a digital screening experience for clients around the globe as an alternative to the studio’s traditional LA Screenings. SPT – along with Disney, NBCUniversal, ViacomCBS and Warner Bros. – cancelled this year’s edition of the annual US sales event earlier this month as the Covid-19 pandemic […]

Disney+ app gets five million downloads on first day in Europe

The Disney+ app has attracted over five million downloads in its first 24 hours of availability across Europe, according to third-party figures. App Annie, which measures and monitors app downloads, said the app for the newly launched service had been downloaded millions of times across the UK, Ireland, Austria, Germany, Italy, Spain and Switzerland – […]

Exclusive: Vuulr appoints former Disney acquisition exec

Online programme sales platform Vuulr has added a raft of executives to its ranks as part of its global roll-out, including the addition of a former Disney acquisition exec. Vuulr, which launched globally in January, has named Avanthi Ram to the new role of marketplace success lead, with a remit to drive growth in film […]

An in-depth analysis of Disney+ launch in Europe & Covid-19’s impact

Disney+ lands in countries across Europe – excluding France – today amid a pandemic that very few saw coming. Analysts at TBI sibling Omdia take an in-depth look at the streamer’s launch offer, including the range of shows available, its comparable cost across territories, how it will reach consumers, and the impact of Coronavirus on […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Streaming through the crisis

Streamers are facing unprecedented demand as locked-down households look for entertainment – to the extent that bandwidth is being rationed and the launch of Disney+ in France has been delayed. TBI speaks to Maria Rua Aguete, exec director at analyst giant Omdia, who breaks down who’s doing what and what it might mean longer term. […]

Disney+ delays French roll-out as Apple & Amazon cut streaming quality

The roll-out of Disney+ has been delayed across France in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak, following a request from the country’s government concerned about the increasing strain on broadband services. The much-anticipated service had been due to launch in France on 24 March, in line with numerous other European countries including Ireland, the UK, […]

‘New Fox’ strikes $440m deal to acquire AVOD streamer Tubi

Fox Corp – the ‘new Fox’ headed up by Lachlan Murdoch and born out of Disney’s $71bn acquisition of 20th Century Fox – has struck a deal to acquire AVOD Tubi in an attempt to break into the streaming market. Fox will pay approximately $440m for Tubi, which is available in the US, Canada and […]

Sony takes ‘Community’ non-exclusive as Netflix, Hulu strike deals

Netflix has signed a non-exclusive global deal with Sony Pictures Television (SPT) to begin streaming all six seasons of US comedy Community from 1 April. SPT has also extended its existing deal with Disney-owned Hulu, which will allow the US streamer to keep showing the comedy but no longer on an exclusive basis. As both […]

Disney+ strikes exclusive UK mobile deal, launches ‘Frozen 2’ early

A little over a week away from launching Disney+ in Europe, the company has announced a mobile distribution deal with O2 in the UK. The deal sees the Telefónica-owned O2 become the exclusive mobile distributor of Disney+ in the UK. It had been reported that BT’s EE was the favourites for a Disney+ deal, but […]

Coronavirus hits more events as European producers call for support

Coronavirus continues to wreak havoc on the international TV industry with shows and events cancelled around the world, while unions and European producer organisations have called for more government support. Hot Docs joins growing list of cancelled events Canada’s factual-focused Hot Docs, due to run 30 April-10 May in Toronto, is among the latest events […]

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