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Disney's Streaming Services: Disney+ (and Hulu, ESPN+, Star, & hotstar)

DCBaker

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"We can reveal Friends star Lisa Kudrow as the first name for Disney+’s musical comedy Better Nate Than Ever, which is being produced by La La Land, Mary Poppins Returns and Cruella super-producer Marc Platt.

Ferdinand scribe Tim Federle, who recently show-ran Disney’s High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, is adapting and directing the family feature based on his novel about 13 year-old Pittsburgher Nate Foster who sneaks off with his best friend Libby to a major musical audition in the Big Apple after not being cast in their school play.

A chance encounter with Nate’s long-lost aunt Heidi (Kudrow) turns his adventure upside-down, and it turns out they may need each other to make their dreams come true.

The movie is being overseen by Disney’s live-action team with filming now underway in New York."

 

Disney Irish

Premium Member
Comcast is upset that Hulu didn't go international. However, Hulu had no contractual rights to any shows for international distribution. What Comcast wanted was for Disney to use their movies and show on Hulu internationally and increase the value of Hulu and not Disney+. That would be a stupid idea and not be in the Disney stockholders interest.
Comcast's issue is that Peacock was late to the game and is all but a failure in terms of content. So what do they do, go after their remaining investment in Hulu to try and get more value so when they sell they get a higher return. Its silly as Disney already indicated they were going to use Star for international when they bought 21F. So Comcast already knew that Hulu was never going to go international. I don't see this going anywhere other than to make some headlines.

Longer term I still see Hulu being rebranded as Star-US in 2024/2025 when Disney finally owns it 100%.
 

doctornick

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Longer term I still see Hulu being rebranded as Star-US in 2024/2025 when Disney finally owns it 100%.

Maybe, but Hulu is a different product as the Live TV version is what is a differentiator for it. It's what probably distinguishes Hulu the most as it's kind of the hybrid between Netflix, Prime, etc and your Sling, YouTube TV, etc. By the time Disney gets full ownership Hulu will be pretty well established with decent name recognition and Star will be relatively unknown. I mean, by that point, Hulu will be closing in on almost 20 years of existence.
 

Disney Irish

Premium Member
Maybe, but Hulu is a different product as the Live TV version is what is a differentiator for it. It's what probably distinguishes Hulu the most as it's kind of the hybrid between Netflix, Prime, etc and your Sling, YouTube TV, etc. By the time Disney gets full ownership Hulu will be pretty well established with decent name recognition and Star will be relatively unknown. I mean, by that point, Hulu will be closing in on almost 20 years of existence.
Yes, but remember that Star+ in Latin America will have Live Sports. So in that regard it won't be unique anymore.

Also Hulu is and will continue to be relatively unknown outside the US. So given that Star is and will be the more dominant brand with more name recognition especially by 2024/2025.

So as I've said for a long time now, I see a merging of all these services. D+ will be the Disney family-friendly vertical with Star being the Adult vertical all housed and accessible under one app. Its been the writing on the wall for a long time. Only piece left to fall into place is Hulu, come 2024/2025 that piece will fall too.
 

DCBaker

Premium Member
Bob Chapek at the Credit Suisse 23rd Annual Communications Conference on new content appearing on Disney+ each week -

(This isn't a direct quote, but the overall gist) - Our plan is to hit that cadence this year, in terms of new product every week - meaning, new movie or new series (notes new production or library add). New seasons will count, but new episodes won’t be counted in that “every week” definition.
 

MisterPenguin

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Premium Member
Original Poster
Bob Chapek at the Credit Suisse 23rd Annual Communications Conference on new content appearing on Disney+ each week -

(This isn't a direct quote, but the overall gist) - Our plan is to hit that cadence this year, in terms of new product every week - meaning, new movie or new series (notes new production or library add). New seasons will count, but new episodes won’t be counted in that “every week” definition.
And how can this be? For he IS the Spreecash Crackerjack!

 

J4546

Well-Known Member
Disney has become a really strong player in the streaming segment and thats awesome. I put them right there with Netflix if not even higher when combined with Hulu. Their huge investments into D+/Star was/is a huge right move for Disney and hopefully with the eventual revenue that it will bring in, we will see some major money spent on the parks in the next 5-10 years.
 

DCBaker

Premium Member
"The “Beauty and the Beast” prequel has officially been ordered to series at Disney Plus, Variety has learned.

The live-action musical series will star Luke Evans and Josh Gad, who will reprise the roles of Gaston and LeFou (Louie) respectively from the 2017 live-action “Beauty and the Beast” film. In addition, newcomer Briana Middleton will join the show as Tilly, Louie’s stepsister. The prequel series was first announced as being in development in March 2020.

Set in the iconic kingdom of “Beauty and the Beast” years before the Beast and Belle’s romance, the series will follow Gaston and LeFou as they set off with LeFou’s step-sister, Tilly, after a surprising revelation from her past comes to light, sending the trio off on an unexpected journey. While the mysteries of the past are uncovered and the dangers of the present grow, old friends and new enemies reveal that this familiar kingdom harbors many secrets.

“For anyone who’s ever wondered how a brute like Gaston and a goof like LeFou could have ever become friends and partners, or how a mystical enchantress came to cast that fateful spell on the prince-turned-beast, this series will finally provide those answers…and provoke a whole new set of questions,” said Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer of Disney Branded Television.

Disney Plus has given the series an eight-episode order. It was developed, executive produced and written by Gad, Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz with each serving as a co-showrunner. Evans will produce. Liesl Tommy will executive produce and will direct the first episode. The project will also feature an original soundtrack from the legendary composer Alan Menken, who will also serve as executive producer. The lyrics for the first episode will be by Glenn Slater. Production will begin in spring 2022. ABC Signature will produce."


 

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