Disney to launch competitor to Netflix by 2019, acquires controlling stake in BAMTech
The Walt Disney Company has announced that it will pay US$1.58 billion (~RM6.78 billion) to acquire an additional 42 percent stake in BAMTech.
BAMTech is a company that specializes in video streaming. It currently powers video streaming for Major League Baseball, National Hockey League, WWE, and HBO. Disney had earlier invested US$1 billion (~RM4.29 billion) in BAMTech, giving it a 33 percent large but still minority stake in the company.
In addition to this deal, Disney also announced that it will launch its ESPN-branded multi-sport video streaming service in early 2018, followed by a new Disney-branded direct-to-consumer streaming service in 2019. Further to this, Disney also said that it will end its distribution deal with Netflix in 2019, a clear sign that it sees its own streaming service as a competitor to Netflix.
Disney is presently the world's second largest media conglomerate and has a huge catalog of content that it can count on. The company's main holdings include Walt Disney Studio, The Muppets Studio, Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm (Star Wars). 2019 looks like it is going to be an interesting year for entertainment junkies.
Source: The Walt Disney Company.