Netflix, YouTube among winners as US streaming soars

Netflix and YouTube viewing in the US has soared since the Covid-19 outbreak, according to the latest findings from a new report. Comscore has said that OTT streaming has significantly increased across connected TV’s (CTV) and streaming devices in the weeks since the World Health Organisation declared the illness to be a pandemic. In terms […]

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. […]

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 […]

Discovery appoints Hulu’s Lisa Holme to oversee content, eyes single streamer potential

Discovery has appointed Hulu exec Lisa Holme to a newly created role overseeing content for the factual giant’s direct-to-consumer division, which is considering launching a single OTT streaming service. Holme becomes group SVP of content and commercial strategy reporting into Peter Faricy, Discovery’s CEO of global direct-to-consumer. She will be based in LA and will […]

Disney’s new boss Bob Chapek to focus on direct-to-consumer services

Direct-to-consumer products such as Disney+ and Hulu are the “most important” to the Mouse House’s new CEO, Bob Chapek. Speaking to Comcast-owned CNBC, Chapek was asked about the trends of cord-cutting and streaming, which has led to the Mouse House launching Disney+ worldwide. The CEO responded by pointing towards the demands of the consumer, explaining […]

Disney promotes Kelly Campbell to Hulu president

Following the shock announcement that CEO Bob Iger has stepped down with immediate effect, Disney has quietly promoted chief marketing officer Kelly Campbell to president of Hulu. The announcement comes several weeks after Hulu CEO Randy Freer left the streamer, with Disney introducing an integrated management team under direct-to-consumer and international (DTCI) chairman Kevin Mayer. […]

Disney+ beats subscriber predictions, unveils India launch plans

Disney+ has hit 28.6 million subscribers in less than six months, the company has confirmed. The company’s first quarterly results since the streamer’s launch in five territories met recent estimations from analyst MoffettNathanson. Speaking on Disney’s Q1 2020 earnings call, CEO Bob Iger attributed Disney+’s success to “our incredible portfolio of great brands, the outstanding […]

Disney expected to announce up to 30 million subs for Disney+

Disney is expected to reveal that recently launched streamer Disney+ has amassed up to 30 million subscribers when it announces its quarterly results on Tuesday. According to research firm MofettNathanson, the SVOD – which launched in five countries in November – has between up 25-30 million subscribers. One third of that number is expected to […]

Hulu CEO Randy Freer steps down as Disney merges management

Disney is pushing forward with introducing an integrated management team for its SVOD service Hulu, with the streamer’s CEO set to depart as a result. Randy Freer, who took charge at the US-based outfit in 2017, will be replaced by Kevin Mayer, Disney’s direct-to-consumer and international (DTCI) chairman. Mayer was appointed in 2018 to head […]

ITV Studios strikes raft of scripted deals in US

US buyers including Hulu, Acorn TV, PBS Distribution and BritBox North America have acquired a range of scripted content from ITV Studios. Sky comedy Brassic  has been acquired by SVOD service Hulu. Produced by Calamity Films for Sky One and written by Bafta winner Danny Brocklehurst, Brassic aired in the UK in August 2019, with a […]

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