Dis­ney em­braces the stream

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - BUSINESS -

Walt Dis­ney jumped af­ter the owner of Marvel, Star Wars and Pixar said it’s forg­ing ahead with new stream­ing deals in­volv­ing Net­flix, Hulu and oth­ers.

The Bur­bank, Cal­i­for­nia-based com­pany once re­sisted of­fer­ing chan­nels like ESPN di­rectly over the in­ter­net, but as more and more peo­ple get their favorite TV shows and movies on­line, Dis­ney is also learn­ing to em­brace the stream.

Dis­ney has been work­ing with stream­ing ser­vices Hulu and Net­flix to bring its prop­er­ties to the stream. Net­flix has the right to stream Dis­ney movies like “Zootopia” be­fore oth­ers, and it’s also the ex­clu­sive home for Marvel TV shows like “Jes­sica Jones” and “Luke Cage.” And last week, Hulu said there would be a Dis­ney chan­nel on its up­com­ing live on­line TV ser­vice. Dis­ney owns part of Hulu, which is a joint ven­ture be­tween Dis­ney, 21st Cen­tury Fox and Com­cast’s NBC-Uni­ver­sal and Time Warner.

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