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Production begins on Disney+ Original Hocus Pocus 2

Production on the live-action comedy “Hocus Pocus 2,” the haunting sequel to Disney’s Halloween cult classic, is underway in Rhode Island. The Disney+ original film directed by Anne Fletcher (“Dumplin,’” “The Proposal”) will debut exclusively on Disney+ in Autumn 2022.  Bette Midler (“The First Wives Club,” “Beaches”), Sarah Jessica Parker (“Sex and the City,” “Divorce”), and Kathy Najimy […]

November 1, 2021

Disney+ on VIDAA Smart OS

SVoD service Disney+ and VIDAA, a Linux-based smart TV operating system, have announced that Disney+ will be coming soon to VIDAA Smart OS-powered Hisense and Toshiba smart televisions, with the latest firmware version. Disney+ is the dedicated streaming home for movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic, along with The […]

October 19, 2021

MCM Comic Con is back

MCM Comic Con, the epic celebration of pop culture and Europe’s leading Comic Con event, is back this Autumn with two hotly anticipated shows in London on 22-24 October and Birmingham on 13-14 November. Good news for both first-timers and fans – the show will be hitting up ExCeL London and the NEC in Birmingham, […]

October 19, 2021

Netflix top SVoD in Italy

Netflix remains the preferred streaming platform for Italians, trailed by Amazon Prime Video, although the share of both is falling. Netflix has a 28 per cent market share in Italy, ahead of Amazon Prime Video (27 per cent) and Disney+ (16 per cent), according to daily Il Sole 24 Ore, citing data from streaming search […]

October 15, 2021

Analysis: OTT driving slow growth in operators’ revenue

Analysis from research firm Dataxis suggests the pay-TV market in Europe is expected to recover slowly from the blow it suffered during the pandemic, with the growing availability of cheaper and more flexible OTT pay-TV plans pushing historic operators into adopting new strategies. According to Ophélie Boucaud, Analyst, despite an unchallenged domination in terms of […]

October 14, 2021

Disney+ showcases APAC content slate

At a regional press and partner event, The Walt Disney Company showcased a slate of global, regional and local language content for Disney+, and unveiled over 20 new APAC content titles including 18 Originals. Disney said consumers can look forward to a wide range of original stories by top content creators from the region, in […]

October 14, 2021

Sky Glass: No more dishes

At a press event in London, Sky has unveiled its first TV devices which are branded as ‘Sky Glass’. Dana Strong, Sky Group Chief Executive Officer, unveiled the device declaring: “Just like a smartphone is more than a phone, Sky Glass is more than a TV.” “This is a product that can only come from […]

October 7, 2021By Nik Roseveare

The Night House coming to Disney+

Disney+ has announced that David Bruckner’s The Night House will premiere exclusively on the streaming service in UK on October 27th, under the Star banner. The psychological horror movie was well received by movie-goers and critics upon its cinema release in August, and currently holds a ‘fresh’ rating of 86 per cent on review aggregation […]

October 7, 2021By Nik Roseveare

Report: Prime Video leads Japan SVoD market

Premium video streaming in Japan reached 85 billion minutes during January – August 2021, or 13 per cent of total time spent on video according to the first of a series of quarterly reports from Media Partners Asia (MPA) measuring the Japanese streaming economy. The report, titled Japan Online Video Consumer Insights & Analytics, leverages […]

October 4, 2021

Spain: 58% watch 2+ pay-TV platforms

Some 83.1 per cent of Spaniards have access to pay-TV, up 2.2 per cent in the last quarter, with 58.3 per cent watching at least two different pay-TV platforms, according to a report from consultancy firm Barlovento Comunicación. On average, every Spanish household has access to 2.6 platforms. Netflix leads the market with a 59.9 […]

October 4, 2021From David Del Valle in Madrid