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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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Disney+ Grosses Nearly $100mn on Mobile in its First 2 Months

As per report, there will be no separate app for Disney Plus as the whole catalog will be available on Hotstar

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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

Two months after Disney long-anticipated entrance into the streaming video on demand, its mobile app service has been downloaded nearly 41 million times across the App Store and has generated an estimated $97.2 million in user spending.

Disney+ generated $43.9 million during its second month, in addition to the $53.3 million it made during its first 30 days, analytics firm Sensor Tower revealed on Tuesday.

While competitors Netflix and Hulu predate our available data, we can see that, in comparison, Disney rival HBO Now grossed $23.7 million during its first 60 days-even when launching alongside a new season of its top program, Game of Thrones-and Showtime grossed $1.2 million.

In terms of downloads, Disney+’s second month garnered 13.5 million, or 33 per cent, of the 40.9 million installs it’s seen since launch.

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In its first year, Disney Plus has released more than 25 original series and ten original films, documentaries, including ‘The Mandalorian’. Pixabay

Comparatively, 29 per cent of HBO downloads during its first 60 days came from its second month.

While its competitors launched within the United States only, Disney+ debuted, and is currently available, in five countries: the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the Netherlands.

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It may may arrive in India in the second half of 2020, post the Indian Premier League (IPL) tournament.

As per report, there will be no separate app for Disney Plus as the whole catalog will be available on Hotstar. (IANS)