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post #10 of (permalink) Old 2019-03-24, 10:51 AM
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Originally Posted by wmjfoley85 View Post
According to this article, Disney+ will merge Hulu and ESPN+ into one streaming service.
Has anyone been able to confirm that statement with a credible source? Disney's CEO has said just the opposite - they will keep all 3 services separate since they serve different audiences, but they are planning to bundle them, so an American that orders all 3 will get a price discount.

I have my doubts about ESPN+ coming to Canada. Disney owns the content on Disney+, and the ABC and Fox Studios content on Hulu. However, they don't own the content on ESPN+, they just license the U.S. rights from the sports leagues in the same way that TSN and Sportsnet license the Canadian rights for their linear channels and streaming services.

Regarding CBS All Access: they sold the exclusive Canadian rights to the new Twilight Zone to Rogers Media last fall - it will air on Citytv on April 4. The 1960s Twilight Zone is non-exclusive and is available on CBS All Access, Citytv and Space.

Before CBS All Access launched in Canada, they sold the exclusive rights for The Good Fight to Corus, which airs it on W Network and they sold Star Trek: Discovery to Bell Media, which shows it on Space and streams it on Crave. There's a good chance Netflix would have bought the Canadian rights if Bell wasn't interested, since they bought the rights to the rest of the world outside the U.S.
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