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2019-05-14 10:50 PM
Disney Takes over Hulu in deal with Comcast
2019-05-14 01:58 PM
Originally Posted by jeffaustin90 View Post
What will this mean for Canada?
Disney has said in the past that they wanted to expand Hulu internationally. They will be able to do that now, but it's hard to say where Canada falls in their plans and how much content will be available if there is a Hulu in Canada. It could end up like CBS All Access, where the best original content is licensed to the Canadian outlets.
2019-05-14 11:54 AM
ExDilbert It will force Canadians who want to view premium Disney owned content OTT to subscribe to Disney+. Just add more confusion as to where to find a particular program or movie and one more payment to your monthly TV bill.

In terms of ESPN and Hulu content, I expect little will change. That programming will continue to be licensed to Canadian broadcasters who will still butcher it on their linear stations and do a bad job of OTT distribution.
2019-05-14 11:45 AM
jeffaustin90 What will this mean for Canada?
2019-05-14 09:59 AM
Dr.Dave Disney Gains Control Of Hulu In Landmark Deal With Comcast, Cementing Streaming Plan
2019-04-15 01:49 AM
Dr.Dave The Disney+ service will launch in the U.S. market on November 12, 2019, at $6.99 a month or $69.99/year. The ad-free service will include Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic. Disney+ will launch with a robust library of theatrical and television content, and in its first year will release more than 25 original series and 10 original films, documentaries and specials

Additionally, Disney+ announced that all 30 seasons of The Simpsons will be available on the service on day one. In the service's first year, audiences will also have access to family-friendly Fox titles like The Sound of Music, The Princess Bride and Malcolm in the Middle as part of an impressive collection of more than 7,500 television episodes and 500 films including blockbuster hits from 2019 and beyond.

Subscribers will have the ability to create custom profiles, with each receiving personalized experiences curated to their unique tastes based on past behaviors and preferred content.

The Disney+ service will be available on a wide range of mobile and connected devices, including gaming consoles, streaming media players and smart TVs, and will adjust to the best possible high-definition viewing experience based on a subscriber's available bandwidth, with support for up to 4K HDR video playback. An unprecedented amount of content will also be available to fans for offline viewing.

Following its U.S debut, Disney+ will rapidly expand globally, with plans to be in nearly all major regions of the world within the next two years.

Disney Press Release

Disney included a Global Roadmap in their presentation that shows North America in Q1 FY20 (i.e. Dec.31, 2019) and Western Europe in Q2.

When questioned during an interview, Bob Iger said that a bundle price in the U.S. with Disney+ and ESPN+ was possible sometime after launch. Bundling with Hulu would depend on discussions with their management and board.

Here is a ten-page fact sheet that lists the programming that will be available on the U.S. service.

Content may be different outside the U.S. and rights may be shared with Canadian broadcasters. I expect Disney and Fox movies will continue to be available on the Crave movie channels and probably on other other TV channels as well.
2019-03-26 09:57 AM
Originally Posted by ExDilbert View Post
Over 200 of those current 230 SVOD services will likely be gone in 5 to 10 years.
I disagree, or at a minimum I think they'll be replaced with 200 new services. The big expensive "prestige TV" will likely be relegated to the big content companies (Netflix, Disney, HBO/AT&T) and megacorps who can use it as a loss leader (Amazon, Apple, Google). However, in addition to the slightly smaller established players (CBS, CBC, BBC, etc), streaming opens up possibilities for all kinds of niche services for low production cost content. If you can make a handful of inexpensive shows (things like talk shows, animated shows, reality TV) and just one of them really hits, you can fuel a service at 3.99/month or free but ad-supported.

Disney+ might take a lot of air out of the room, but I think YouTube has shown that there is a gargantuan market for niche content.
2019-03-26 09:42 AM
wmjfoley85 Right now Apple TV Plus will only focus on their own Original Programming when they launch they won’t be anywhere near the likes of Amazon or Netflix, even Hulu.
2019-03-26 09:15 AM
Inglewood I personally do not see Apple becoming a big player - they don't have a library of content that the others have (a back catalogue). I recently read an article that the most popular show on Netflix is "Friends" - it's almost 20 years old...

I also think that companies such as Apple and Google will have anti-competition challenges coming soon. Those will eat up resources.

I think a service that has a model similar to Hulu will succeed and kill the competition if done right. Offer multiple tiers, including a "Free" tier with lots of commercials added to programming (like traditional TV), but offer packages to avoid commercials for a fee.

There is still tons of advertising money out in the world - so far these streaming companies are not thinking too much about offsetting the cost of the service with advertising to entice consumers to watch. I personally would consider watching 5 minutes of adds over 30 minutes of programming to get it free.
2019-03-25 08:57 PM
ExDilbert Apple just announced they are starting their own streaming service. If they do it right, Disney, Apple and Netflix will likely end up being the big players with a few others like HBO and CBS holding much smaller market share. Success will mostly be determined by content. I see some acquisitions and mergers to obtain enough content to compete. Over 200 of those current 230 SVOD services will likely be gone in 5 to 10 years.
2019-03-25 01:32 PM
Originally Posted by Inglewood View Post
Streaming services are the modern .com rush that occurred in the late 90's. I think a lot of them are going to disappear, and some are even "Vapourware".
There were "more than 230 SVOD services now operating in the U.S." (Deadline - Dec. 2018)
2019-03-25 01:11 PM
Inglewood We can speculate, but until it launches, I think we won't actually know what will be offered in Canada.

Like other services, I think we will see a watered down version with less content in Canada.

Streaming services are the modern .com rush that occurred in the late 90's. I think a lot of them are going to disappear, and some are even "Vapourware". Apple is going to announce there service shortly as well.

I'm speculating that we are going to see a lot of changes in the streaming industry in the next 5-10 years. I can see content producers selling non-exclusive content that goes across services, content producers getting "paid per view" like on YouTube, and consolidation (think of a streaming service that acts like your cable company - consolidates streaming services for one price instead of channels like cable providers do today - one bill for dozens of services, where you pick and pay for the 5, 10, etc. you want in a bundle deal).

I'm also curious how these services will start to be regulated...if the government can tax it more, control it, create Canadian jobs, etc. they will...
2019-03-25 01:05 PM
Dr.Dave I looked up the transcript if anyone wants to read Bob Iger's words verbatim. See the last paragraph of page 12.

I expect Disney+ will use the same BAMTech technology that they used for ESPN+. I wouldn't be surprised if they developed a unified front end that would access either service, depending on the subscription. It might even interface into Hulu, although I have no idea what the underlying technology is there.
2019-03-25 10:00 AM
Dr.Dave This isn't the article I read earlier, but it summarizes Bob Iger's comments from last year.
Disney may offer its customers the option to purchase a discounted bundle of its three streaming apps — Hulu, Disney’s upcoming streaming service and ESPN+ — according to comments made by Disney CEO Bob Iger during the company’s’ earnings call this week. He said Disney would rather keep the three properties separate, rather than trying to combine them into a more robust “aggregation play,” so as to better address cord cutters’ desire to pick-and-choose the services they want.
2019-03-25 09:32 AM
nfitz Could perhaps they be both merged, but still branded as separate services? The mtlblog article talks about Hulu having different content, even after it discusses merger.
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