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By Lucas Shaw November 29, 2020 | Netflix says “The Queen’s Gambit” is the most-watched limited series in its history. Some 62 million households saw the show about a chess prodigy in its first four weeks of release. “The Queen’s Gambit” is the quintessential Netflix hit, a scripted drama created by an award-winning filmmaker about a flawed protagonist that explores a very specific corner of the...

By Elaine Low October 12, 2020 | The Walt Disney Company announced a broad structural reorganization of its media and entertainment businesses Monday, in a move to ramp up and streamline its direct-to-consumer strategy. That involves the creation of the new Media and Entertainment Distribution group, which will oversee all content monetization and streaming operations. Kareem Daniel, most recently president of consumer products,...

By Christopher Palmeri and Scott Moritz October 1, 2020 | Walt Disney Co.’s new streaming service gets its first big test of subscriber loyalty next month, when a free trial with Verizon Communications Inc. starts to expire. Beginning Nov. 12, many of Verizon’s Disney+ customers will face a choice. They can starting paying $7 a month for the service, they can upgrade to...

By Christopher Palmeri August 24, 2020 | Online video is becoming a serious business for some of America’s oldest and largest media companies, with Walt Disney Co. leading the pack. Disney will generate an estimated $11.2 billion in direct-to-consumer revenue this year, according to a report released Monday by Macquarie Research. That would account for 19% of its total sales — a...

By Adam B. Vary August 6, 2020 | To earn back the budget on PVOD alone, “Mulan” would need to attract roughly 6.7 million rentals, or just over 11% of current Disney Plus subscribers. Factoring in another $50 million in total global marketing costs (a conservative estimate) bumps that magic number closer to 8.4 million rentals, or 13.8% of subscribers. Jeff...

By Daniel Frankel June 5, 2020 | After seeing big pandemic-fueled usage surges in March and April, viewing time for the major U.S. SVOD services dipped in May, research company 7Park Data reports. Netflix, which saw average U.S. household minutes surpass 600 in April, dipped to around 550 average viewing minutes. While Disney Plus reached 200 average viewing minutes per household,...

By Todd Spangler May 25, 2020 | Consumers have never had more options for streaming entertainment directly to their TVs, smartphones or computers. Which video streaming services are the best? Players jostling for share in the crowded subscription-video landscape include Netflix, Disney’s Disney Plus and Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV Plus, and (starting this week) HBO Max. Which of these is the “best” SVOD service, of course,...

By Dade Hayes May 18, 2020 | Rebecca Campbell, whose promotion to Disney’s Chairman of Direct-to-Consumer & International on Monday put her in charge of Disney+, Hulu, Hotstar and ESPN+, took a somewhat less-traveled road to the C-suite. During the bulk of her 23 years at the company, Campbell focused on local broadcasting, running individual stations and the ABC Owned Television Stations Group,...

By Tom Dotan May 14, 2020 | The Walt Disney Co.’s new streaming service may be the best thing going right now at the struggling entertainment giant, which is facing a once-in-a-generation crisis that has ravaged its movie, theme park and cruise businesses. But the company hasn’t spared the division that includes the fast-growing service—Disney+—from the frugality it has imposed...