Disney+ sees subscriptions soar as ‘Hamilton’ bet pays off

Disney’s decision to scrap a cinematic release for its recording of hit Broadway musical Hamilton in favour of a streaming launch on Disney+ has paid off handsomely for the company. According to data research firm Apptopia, the Disney+ app was downloaded 752,451 times globally between Friday and Sunday following Hamilton’s launch on 3 July, with […]

Mobile to cover 40% of SVOD subscriptions by 2025

Mobile will provide 40% of the global total of SVOD subscriptions by 2025, claims a new report.  According to business analysts Digital TV Research, there will be a total of 1.16 billion SVOD subscriptions by 2025 around the world – up from a total of 642 million by the end of 2019. However, indicating the growing […]

Disney+ & Apple TV+ lead Covid-19 subs growth among US streamers

Disney+ and Apple TV+ have added more US subscribers during the Covid-19 pandemic than any other streaming services, although churn rates actually increased during the first quarter according to new research. US analyst firm Parks Associates said the churn rate of US OTT services increased to 41% in Q1 2020, up from 35% a year […]

Disney+ to become exclusive Disney Channels home in UK as Sky & Virgin deal ends

Streaming service Disney+ is to become the exclusive home of programming from Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior in the UK after pay operators Sky and Virgin Media failed to strike a carriage deal for the kids networks. Disney+, which revealed its launch date in numerous European territories earlier this week, launched in the […]

Disney+ to launch in eight more European countries

Disney+ will expand into a further eight European countries on 15 September. A little under a year after its initial November 2019 launch, the streamer will be switched on in Portugal, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Belgium and Luxembourg. As per its pricing in the likes of The Netherlands and France, Disney+ will cost €6.99 […]

ViacomCBS appoints Disney’s Yolanda Cochran to head kids production

ViacomCBS has appointed Yolanda T. Cochran from Disney-owned Freeform to oversee production for its Kids & Family division. Cochran becomes SVP of live-action long-form production for the ViacomCBS unit, responsible for Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., TeenNick and Nicktoons, as well as Gen Z-focused brand Awesomeness. She will be based in Hollywood and reports to Megan Ring, […]

Hulu & Michael Keaton join up for Opioid crisis drama ‘Dopesick’

Disney’s US streamer Hulu has made a straight-to-series order for eight-part Opioid drama Dopesick, with Michael Keaton attached to star. The show has been written by Danny Strong (Empire) and is being directed by Academy Award-winning director Barry Levinson (Rain Man), with Warren Littlefield (The Handmaid’s Tale) among exec producers. Disney-owned Fox 21 Television Studios […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Unpacking how Disney+ struck gold in the UK

Disney+ might still be less than three months old in the UK but that hasn’t stopped it from securing some startling numbers. Maria Rua Aguete, exec director at TBI analyst sibling Omdia, provides a snapshot of how the Mouse House streamer won over UK subscribers and what’s next. Disney+ launched in the UK on 24 […]

Disney+ becomes third-largest SVOD in the UK, report claims

Disney+ has already emerged as the third-largest subscription streaming service in the UK. According to new stats from research firm and TBI sibling Omdia, the SVOD has already amassed 4.3 million subscribers in the UK since its March 24 launch. This has led Disney+ to occupy a 16.8% market share of subscribers, putting it squarely […]

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