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By Joe Flint and Micah Maidenberg May 14, 2019 | Walt Disney Co. and Comcast Corp. have struck a wide-ranging deal that turns operational control of Hulu over to Disney and gives Comcast the option to sell Disney its stake in the streaming-video service. Under the deal, Comcast can require Disney to purchase the one-third stake its NBCUniversal subsidiary owns in Hulu as...

BY TODD SPANGLER May 1, 2019 | Disney has hired Michael Cerda, former chief product officer of Goldman Sachs’ Marcus online consumer bank division, as VP of product for Disney+. Cerda will be responsible for the end-to-end Disney+ consumer experience across mobile and connected-TV devices for the subscription-video service, which is slated to launch in the U.S. on Nov. 12...

By Alex Sherman April 25, 2019 | Comcast has had a frustrating run as a partial owner of video streaming platform Hulu, but that doesn’t make the decision to sell its minority stake in the company any easier. Disney and Comcast are holding talks about working out a deal for Comcast’s 30% stake, according to people familiar with the matter. Comcast is now...

By Todd Spangler April 22, 2019 | Disney+, the Mouse House’s new SVOD entry launching in the U.S. this November at $6.99 monthly, will cost nearly half of Netflix’s standard HD plan. But in its first year, the service will have less than one-fifth of the selections on Netflix in the U.S., according to a study by research firm Ampere Analysis. In the first year...

By Ryan Faughnder and Meg James April 11, 2019 | Walt Disney Co. pulled back the curtain on its highly anticipated streaming service Disney+, revealing key details about what content will be available on the app, including Disney classics and original shows and movies. Disney’s new service will launch Nov. 12 and cost $6.99 a month, Kevin Mayer, head of...

By Ryan Faughnder March 8, 2019 |Walt Disney Co.’s entertainment kingdom is about to get a whole lot bigger thanks to the pending Disney purchase of Fox, and the rest of Hollywood has only just begun to grapple with the consequences of the company’s increasing power. The long-anticipated $71.3-billion acquisition will put the X-Men, Homer Simpson, the Avengers, Buzz Lightyear,...

By Julia Alexander March 7, 2019 | Disney+, the company’s upcoming streaming service, will carry Disney’s entire catalog of animated films, ending Disney’s long-standing “vault” program. CEO Bob Iger told shareholders today that Disney+ “at some point fairly soon after launch” will carry films that “traditionally have been kept in a ‘vault’ and brought out basically every few years.” That’s a major...

By Tom Dotan and Jessica Toonkel March 5, 2019 |As Disney nears an April public unveiling of its Disney+ streaming services for Wall Street analysts, some key questions—including whether to distribute through U.S. cable operators or companies like Apple—are still being hammered out. One worry is whether the service will work well from a technical perspective. With that in mind, some...

By Dade Hayes February 19, 2019 | When Disney’s $71.3 billion deal to acquire most of 21st Century Fox closes in the coming weeks, the combined company will remain an appealing target for investors, but only those willing to indulge hefty near-term spending on direct-to-consumer streaming. That’s the basic takeaway from a new research report by Macquarie analysts Tim Nollen and Stephen Beckett. Read more...

By Erich Schwartzel and Maria Armental February 5, 2019 | Walt Disney Co. has less than a year to go before it finds itself operating three separate video-streaming services, and Chief Executive Robert Iger offered fresh details Tuesday on how that new strategy will affect the world’s largest entertainment company. For the first time, Disney reported quarterly earnings under a new company organization that introduces a...