Disney fans across Europe can rejoice as the European launch date for upcoming streaming service Disney+ has been brought forward a week to 24 March 2020. The service will be priced at £5.99/€6.99 a month, or £59.99/€69.99 for the year.
NBCUniversal will launch three different price points for its upcoming streaming platform Peacock, set to go live in the US on 15 July 2020. Peacock will offer a limited-content free ad-supported tier, a $4.99 complete tier (also carrying advertising) but bundled free for Comcast and Cox customers; and an ad-free, full catalogue option available to anyone for $9.99-a-month.
Meanwhile, US ad-supported, on-demand video service Tubi is expanding into Mexico later this year through a deal with Mexican broadcast group TV Azteca.
In the UK, Sky and Netflix have extended their partnership in a multi-year deal which gives consumers the option of including a Netflix subscription fee in their Sky bill.
Across the Channel and following the opening of its new French headquarters in Paris, Netflix is making significant investments in 20 new French productions, including comedy BigBug and action film Sentinelle. The move comes as France’s Culture Ministry pushes for a production investment quota to be imposed on streaming platforms, set at 25% of local revenues.
Netflix has also acquired the rights to almost the entire Studio Ghibli catalogue of anime (bar Grave of the Fireflies), which will be available to stream in all but three markets: Japan, US and Canada. But while Netflix splashes the cash, Facebook Watch is trimming back its spend on scripted content, cancelling both Limetown and Sorry For Your Loss.
Finally, Bundesliga, Germany’s top soccer league, has reportedly been asked by the German Cartel office to alter the terms of its tender in an attempt to prevent a single pay TV group buying all available subscription rights packages. (This international roundup used with permission from Ampere Analysis)