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Disney+ Taps Alisa Bowen as President

Disney has named Alisa Bowen, previously Disney Streaming’s executive vp global business operations, as the president of Disney+. In her new role, the executive will lead the launch of the streamer’s ad-supported tier and promotion of the service and its content slate. She will continue reporting to Michael Paull, Disney’s president of direct-to-consumer. “Alisa has […]

Disney Hits 221M Total Streaming Subscriptions, Topping Netflix for First Time

Disney+ added 14.4 million subscribers during the third fiscal quarter for a total of 152.1 million, beating Wall Street analysts’ expectations of an average 10 million subscriber add for the quarter. Including Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+, Disney now has a total of 221.1 million subscriptions, surpassing Netflix’s 220.7 million subscribers, as of July. Disney has […]

ESPN+ to Hike Subscription Price Starting Next Month

ESPN+ will increase its monthly and annual subscription prices beginning in August, marking the second price hike for the Disney-owned service in the last year, a company spokesperson confirmed on Friday. Beginning on Aug. 23, ESPN+ will cost $9.99 a month and $99.99 a year, up from its current price of $6.99 a month and […]

Disney’s Direct-to-Consumer ESPN Would Be “Different Offering” Than ESPN+, CFO Says

When Disney eventually transitions its linear TV channel ESPN into a direct-to-consumer version, the resulting product would be a “different offering” from ESPN+, Disney CFO Christine McCarthy said on Wednesday at an investor conference. “What ESPN+ is today is a complement to, not a substitute for, ESPN linear, so it doesn’t make any sense to […]

Disney Streaming Adds to Executive Team With Hires From Netflix, Meta

Disney’s streaming division has tapped two executives from Netflix and Meta to lead customer and viewer experiences in svp positions. Devika Chawla will join Disney next week after nearly 10 years at Netflix, where she was most recently the director of engineering, messaging and contact. At Disney, Chawla will become the svp of lifecycle engineering, […]

Disney Streaming Hires Google’s Jeremy Doig as Chief Technology Officer

Disney has hired Google’s Jeremy Doig as the chief technology officer for the company’s streaming division. Doig begins next month after an 18 year career at Google, where he helped lead development of online video technology for YouTube and Google Chrome, among other roles. The executive will report to Michael Paull, the president of Disney Streaming. “Jeremy […]

Disney+’s New Disclosure: 42.9M Subscribers in U.S./Canada

Disney+ subscribers in the U.S. and Canada account for a third, or 42.9 million, of the streamer’s total 129.8 million subscribers, the company revealed for the first time Wednesday as part of its Q4 earnings. In Disney’s international streaming market, Disney+ and Star+ in Latin America brought in 41.1 million subscribers, while Disney+ Hotstar accounted for […]

Disney Streaming: Alisa Bowen Upped to EVP Business Operations

Disney has promoted Alisa Bowen, most recently the svp operations for Disney Streaming, to the newly created position of evp business operations. Continuing to report up to Michael Paull, Bowen’s responsibilities will include overseeing content operations and business development for Disney’s entire direct-to-consumer portfolio, which includes Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+ and Star+. Bowen first joined Disney […]

Hulu to Increase Price of Ad-Supported, Ad-Free Subscriptions in October

Hulu is hiking up the price of its ad-supported and ad-free subscriptions by $1 beginning Oct. 8. The price increases, which will impact both existing and new Hulu subscribers, means that the ad-supported tier will increase from $5.99 to $6.99 a month, while the ad-free tier will increase from $11.99 to $12.99 a month. The live […]

Disney to Shut Down Hotstar In U.S., Hulu and ESPN+ to Get Content Boost

Disney+ Hotstar is joining the Disney streaming bundle as the service prepares to shut down as a standalone platform in the U.S. in late 2022, Disney said on Tuesday. The content available on Hotstar will be divided between Hulu and ESPN+. Bollywood and South Asian films, including Hotstar specials like The Empire, Aarya, Criminal Justice and Dil Bechara, will […]

Disney to Pay NHL $350M for Stake in Streaming Tech Platform

The Walt Disney Co. will pay the National Hockey League $350 million to buy the league’s 10 percent stake in Disney Streaming Services, the Disney subsidiary that manages the technology platforms that power the company’s streaming services, like Disney+ and ESPN+. Disney Streaming Services was previously known as BAMTech. The NHL had an option to […]

Disney Streaming Taps Netflix’s Ajay Arora as SVP of Product, Commerce and Experimentation

Disney Streaming has hired Ajay Arora to lead its product, commerce and experimentation efforts across Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+ and Star+. Arora, who began in June, will be based in San Francisco and comes from streaming competitor Netflix, where he recently served as the director of product innovation for growth for the past four years. At […]