Simplestream 6 - Disney+ hits 95m subs

February 12, 2021

The mega-brand Disney+ hit 95 million subscribers this week, revealing the dramatic uptake in users for even new OTT services during lockdown.

Disney+ hits 95m subs

Disney’s latest quarterly results showed continued meteoric growth for the SVoD platform, which first launched in November 2019. Disney+ had 94.9 million paid subscribers as of January 2nd 2021, compared to 86.8 million in early December 2020.

HBO Max launching in LatAm in June

HBO Max, WarnerMedia’s direct-to-consumer streaming platform, is scheduled to launch in late June in 39 territories across Latin America and the Caribbean, marking the first availability for the platform outside the US.

Virgin Media boosts free TV offer

UK multiplay operator Virgin Media is extending its free TV offering by making a variety of entertainment, lifestyle and learning-based programming available for all 3.5 million TV customers, at no extra cost. The move coincides with the midterm academic break for many UK schools.

Report: Satellite broadband capacity to grow tenfold by year-end

A report from investment bank Exane/BNPP says that today’s various satellite operators are supplying some 2,000 Gb/s of capacity (as at December 31st 2020 and using Northern Sky Research data). The bank suggests that this will grow ten-fold by the end of this year, and 30-fold before the end of this decade.

AWS cloud infrastructure for NHL

Amazon Web Services (AWS), an Amazon company, has entered into an agreement with the National Hockey League (NHL) to become the Official Cloud, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning Infrastructure Provider of the NHL.

24% US broadband homes planning upgrade

Findings from research firm Parks Associates reveal that in Q3 2020, more than 50 per cent of US broadband households reported that their broadband usage has increased since the start of the Covid-19 crisis.