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Disney Co. Brings Streaming Service To Canada & Netherlands

Disney Streaming Service to Launch in Canada and Netherlands by November

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Disney's new service will exclusively stream its latest movies including "Avengers: Endgame," "Aladdin" and "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker". Pixabay

Walt Disney Co. said on Monday it will launch its Disney+ video streaming service in Canada and the Netherlands on Nov. 12, the same date as its previously announced United States launch.

Disney+ will also launch in Australia and New Zealand a week later, the company said in a statement, adding that the service will be priced between $6 to $8 per month in these countries.

Disney’s new service will exclusively stream its latest movies including “Avengers: Endgame,” “Aladdin” and “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” the company said. The service will also draw upon Disney’s library of its existing films.

The owner of ESPN and theme parks had announced earlier this month that it would offer a bundle of its three streaming services, Disney+, sports service ESPN+, and Hulu, at a discounted price of $13 per month. That price is the same as Netflix Inc’s most popular plan, which allows streaming on two devices simultaneously.

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Disney+ will also launch in Australia and New Zealand a week later. Pixabay

Video streaming competition is set to intensify, with Apple, WarnerMedia’s HBO Max and Comcast’s NBCUniversal planning to roll out new services. U.S. customers are increasingly cutting the cord on cable TV, but now must decide how much they want to pay for digital offerings.

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Disney+ will be available on most major mobile and connected TV devices platforms, including Apple, Google, Microsoft, Roku and Sony, the company said.

Following the launch, the company expects to take the ad-free streaming service to major global markets within two years. (VOA)

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Amazon, Disney Lock Horns over Fire TV ads: Report

Google doesn''t let Roku sell any of its ad inventory, which was one of the reasons that YouTube was absent from Roku devices for years, the Variety report added

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A delivery person pushes a cart full of Amazon boxes in New York City, U.S., Feb. 14, 2019. VOA

Amazon and Disney have locked horns over Fire TV advertisement sales that could delay the addition of the latter’s upcoming streaming service to Amazons Fire TV devices.

Disney is said to be resisting and the two companies are at an impasse. Disney apps could be removed from Fire TV devices if they can’t reach an agreement, CNET reported on Thursday quoting The Wall Street Journal.

However, this would not directly impact Disney Plus which is slated to launch without advertising on November 12.

The dispute could delay the launch of the service on Amazon Fire TV.

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Security guards stand at the reception desk of the Amazon India office in Bengaluru, India, Aug. 14, 2015. VOA

Amazon has been demanding to sell a percentage of the inventory of ad-supported apps on its Fire TV platform. The company is now asking publishers to sell as much as 40 per cent of the ads running within their apps. Disney has reportedly resisted this push, according to a report in Variety.

Disagreement over ads on streaming platforms is not new.

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Roku for years pushed publishers to let the company sell a share of their ad inventory. These demands have at times been met with resistance as well.

Google doesn’t let Roku sell any of its ad inventory, which was one of the reasons that YouTube was absent from Roku devices for years, the Variety report added. (IANS)