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Obi-Wan most-watched Disney+ Original

According to the official Star Wars Twitter account, the new Obi-Wan Kenobi series is now the most-watched Disney+ Original series premiere to date, based on hours streamed in an opening weekend – although no data was released to support the claim. The Tweet on May 31st read: “Thank you to the best fans in the […]

June 1, 2022By Nik Roseveare

Abbott Elementary on Disney+ UK

Acclaimed mockumentary series, Abbott Elementary, is now streaming on Disney+ in the UK and Ireland. The workplace comedy follows a group of dedicated, passionate teachers – and a slightly tone-deaf principal – as they navigate the Philadelphia public school system. Despite the odds stacked against them, they are determined to help their students succeed in […]

June 1, 2022By Nik Roseveare

Forecast: Africa competing for 15m SVoD subs by 2026

For several years, the SVoD market in Sub-Saharan Africa has been growing steadily, reports Dataxis. Between 2018 and 2021, the number of streaming subscribers almost doubled to reach just over 5 million. This growth is not likely to stop as the market is expected to reach more than 15 million subscribers by 2026, a threefold […]

May 26, 2022

Spain’s new TV law under fire

Spain’s independent producers have rebelled against the new TV law – currently under debate in Parliament – on the grounds that it will create a production duopoly in the market dominated by Atresmedia/Mediaset-linked companies to the detriment of independent producers. A last-minute amendment to the law will enable major producers linked to the largest private […]

May 26, 2022From David Del Valle in Madrid

Star Wars Andor series debuts in August on Disney+

Disney+ has announced at the Star Wars Celebration event that the new, original series Andor, from Lucasfilm will  launch exclusively on Disney+ on August 31st, with the first two episodes. The series, set prior to the events of Rogue One and will explore a new perspective from the Star Wars galaxy, focusing on Cassian Andor’s […]

May 26, 2022By Nik Roseveare

Disney+ acquires Elton John doc

Disney+ has acquired an official Elton John documentary that covers the early years of his career right up to his current run of final concerts. Disney has reportedly paid $30 million (€28.4m) for the production, according to Deadline, and will air the feature in select cinemas and film festivals before it lands on the Disney+ […]

May 20, 2022

Forecast: 800m APAC homes will have pay-TV by 2025

Although Asia Pacific is traditionally referred to as a mobile-driven region, the pandemic accelerated the importance taken by larger screens in the region, and 110 million additional pay-TV subscriptions are expected to be observed in the next 5 years, according to forecasts from Dataxis. As population is also expected to increase drastically, regional penetration rate […]

May 19, 2022

Richard E Grant joins cast of Disney+’s Nautilus

The Walt Disney Company EMEA has announced that celebrated actor Richard E. Grant has joined the cast of its new live-action drama series Nautilus, from Moonriver TV and Seven Stories, underway shooting at Village Roadshow Studios in Queensland, Australia. Grant guest stars in the series, playing the charismatic leader of the port town of Karajaan, […]

May 19, 2022

Disney+’s She-Hulk debuts in August

Disney has announced that Marvel Studios’ upcoming She Hulk series has been given the full title of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, and will streaming exclusively on Disney+ beginning August 17th. The new series, billed by Disney+ as a comedy, stars Tatiana Maslany as She-Hulk/Jennifer Walters – a lawyer who specialises in superhuman-oriented legal cases. She-Hulk: […]

May 18, 2022By Nik Roseveare

Forecast: 40m Australian SVoD subs by 2026

The Australian SVoD market has grown solidly over the last three years, more than doubling the number of SVoD subscriptions since 2018. Despite a slowdown in 2021, the market still grows at a fast rate, and is set to reach nearly 40 million subscriptions by 2026, according to forecasts from Dataxis. Over the last three […]

May 17, 2022