D2C News

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, is a subjective...

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, which has...

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 on...

Seth Rogen's 'An American Pickle' will bow on HBO Max in August. By Dade Hayes May 13, 2020 | When Disney and Apple undercut Netflix, pricing their new streaming services in the single-digit dollars per month, they shook up the market and reset consumer expectations. HBO Max, which WarnerMedia will launch on May 27, is playing the opposite end of the market. It will retail...

By Tara Lachapelle May 2, 2020 | As Hollywood sets sit empty because of the Covid-19 pandemic, streaming-video apps that were just getting off the ground are now running out of fresh movies and TV episodes. But this is only a hiccup compared to the vexing problem that awaits the industry when it finally emerges from the crisis. Is it possible to make money in the...

By David Sims April 22, 2020 | The global economy is plummeting in response to the coronavirus. Whole industries are frozen, and businesses such as movie theaters are facing months of lost revenue. But at least one company is thriving in a time when people are being urged to stay home: Netflix. Yesterday, the streaming service announced a staggering rise in subscriptions during the first quarter of...

By Julia Alexander February 29, 2020 | Between 2006 and now, Disney spent around $100 billion to become the unbeatable giant it is today, snapping up Pixar, Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, BAMTech, and 21st Century Fox. While the acquisitions were made as the result of teamwork across a number of divisions, they were mostly led by two people: Bob Iger, who was CEO up until...

By George Szalai January 7, 2020 | Walt Disney's streaming business, including the recently launched Disney+ as well as Hulu and ESPN+, is being valued by the stock market at more than $100 billion, Barclays analyst Kannan Venkateshwar estimates. The Barclays analyst in a Monday report estimated the enterprise value of Disney’s core business, including its movie, networks and theme parks operations, at...