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Disney’s New Deal with Charter Will Bring Hulu, ESPN+, and Disney+ to Spectrum Set-Top Boxes

Jason Gurwin

Today Disney announced a new deal with Charter whose Spectrum TV service will continue to carry Disney-owned networks like ESPN, Disney Channel, FX, Nat Geo, and their upcoming ACC Network. One interesting note in the announcement is that the agreement will bring future distribution of Disney-owned Hulu, ESPN+, and Disney+.

What this means is that the company will likely offer the ability to subscribe to and stream Disney-owned streaming services from their set-up boxes. With lofty goals of 60-90 million Disney+ subscribers by 2024, Disney is going to have to build distribution partnerships to get their streaming platform in front of as many households as possible.

Disney+ will launch their streaming service on November 12th at just $6.99 a month, nearly half the price of Netflix ($12.99). Last week, Disney announced that when Disney+ launches on November 12th customers will be able to get a bundle of their direct-to-consumer services. The bundle, which will cost $12.99 a month, will includes Disney+ ($6.99), Hulu ($5.99) (ad-supported plan), and ESPN+ ($4.99) — is $5 less than if subscribed to separately.

Starting with the 2019 theatrical slate, all Disney/Pixar/Marvel/Star Wars films will become exclusive to Disney+ meaning movies like the live-action versions of Aladdin, The Lion King, Captain Marvel, and Avengers: Endgame will only be available to stream on Disney+ The first year will include 25 new original series, 10+ movies, 7,500 past episodes, 100 recent movies, and 400 library titles including the entire Disney Vault. Previously, many of those new releases and library films would have gone to Netflix as part of a distribution deal that started in 2016.

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