In less than 3 months Disney+ has gained 26.5 million subscribers and that’s bad news for FOXTEL.
While Australia’s pay TV provider had been hoping to negotiate a deal with Disney to keep its children’s channels after the conclusion of the current contract, TV Blackbox can exclusively reveal The Disney Channel and Disney Jr will be leaving at the end of February.
In October Kevin Perry revealed Disney Movie Channel was being removed from the platform as part of a channel line-up refresh. The move meant the loss of content from studios including Disney Animation, Pixar, and Marvel.
As part of that report, TV Blackbox exclusively revealed Foxtel had secured a three month agreement to continue broadcasting Disney and Disney Jr. At the time, Foxtel remained hopeful of negotiating a long term extension.
This latest announcement comes just days after Eurosport moved off the Foxtel platform and onto rival FetchTV. A move that has caused significant outcry from sports fans.
A spokesperson from FOXTEL tells us;
“Foxtel will continue to deliver a wide range of kids content on popular channels such as CBeebies, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr, Cartoon Network and Boomerang as well as the ability to access ABC Kids on iQ3 and iQ4 set top boxes.”
The news comes as Disney announced it has added 26.5 million subscribers to the Disney+ platform in the three months since launch. It’s a staggering number made possible by the company’s strategy of removing all Disney owned content from other services.
In Australia, Stan used the extensive Disney catalogue (including Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars) to grow subscribers before that content was removed for the launch of Disney+ in this market.