Disney + has no plans to enter the live sports arena in Europe anytime soon, according to the chief European executive at Mouse House, which means the live-streaming giant will not be competing for Premier League rights in the UK.
Sport is not a priority for Disney + across the regions it oversees, unlike India, for example, where it helps, said Jean Queben, Disney’s president for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, speaking at a Disney + press event to celebrate the launch of the international Star service on Wednesday. Live cricket streamer is making his mark with local fans.
“We currently have no plans to have live sporting events on Disney +. As you can imagine, with all the amazing content we just announced in December, and now with the launch of Star, we have enough to keep us busy, at least in the short term, here in Europe. , Koeppen said.
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The comments come as the Premier League rights auction is underway in the United Kingdom. Currently, direct rights are shared between Sky, BT Sport and Amazon, but there are reports that other broadcasters, such as DAZN, may be interested in securing a range of games.
Disney, of course, is no stranger to broadcasting the English Premier League in the UK after ESPN held the football competition rights for the past decade. ESPN eventually closed its UK operations in 2013 after losing to BT Sport in the race for rights in 2012.
For now, Disney + is focused on successfully launching the Star on February 23rd. The general entertainment brand, targeting a larger adult audience, will begin livestreaming (with parental control) as tiles within Disney + and are designed to scale up service in the flow of increasingly fierce wars.
The deadline was the scoop on the first eight European originals from the Star on Tuesday, while more projects are expected to be announced from UK producers in the coming weeks. These originals will complete 300 movies and 75 TV movies, including LostAnd the 24Grey’s Anatomy Preferred , And the brave Heart.
Series from Disney’s public entertainment studios will also be shown The sky is bigAnd the I love Victor, And the Solar opposites It is available on Star. Other programs, such as Show FX American Horror Stories In preparation.
Luke Bradley-Jones, senior vice president of consumer and general manager of Disney + EMEA, said it will become the “exclusive streaming home page” of the popular Disney catalog, meaning that licensing deals will eventually move to the broadcasting company as it seeks to grow its subscriber base of 95 million subscribers. .
Bradley Jones also confirmed that every episode is a classic comedy Golden girls It will be coming to Disney + later this year. The show is currently available on Hulu in the US “You’ve worked really hard on that. Coming this summer, you’ll have every season.” Golden girlsEvery episode at all. “
The Disney + UK price will increase from £ 5.99 to £ 7.99 next week.