Disney+ subscribers reach 152 million

Disney has overtaken Netflix in global subscriber numbers, at least if you add up the total number of Disney+, ESPN+, and Hulu subscriptions. However, subscriber growth in the United States and Canada has flattened off. Disney is losing money on its subscription services but making profits elsewhere. Disney will be increasing the price of its online video subscription packages and adding options with advertising.
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Games break records

BBC coverage of the Commonwealth Games, hosted in Birmingham, was streamed over 57 million times during the 11-day event, which is more than six times the number seen in previous years. An estimated 28.6 million people in the United Kingdom watched at least some of the BBC coverage on television. Meanwhile, the Women’s Euro 2022 football final had the highest live television audience in the country of the year.
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Google TV to add free channels

Google TV may be preparing to launch around 50 free television channels, as previously reported. Code from the latest version of the Android TV app includes text saying: “Enjoy 50 channels of live TV without the need to subscribe, sign-up, or download”.
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HBO and Discovery+ services to combine

The combination of Warner Bros Discovery lost 300,000 online video subscribers in the United States in the second quarter of 2022. Globally, numbers were down by 10 million, after adjustments to the definition of subscriber, although outside the United States there were net additions of 2 million. There are plans to merge the HBO and Discovery+ online offerings, but the new name has not been announced.
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Online video subscriptions decline

The number of homes in the United Kingdom with an online video subscription fell by 382,000, or almost 2%, in the second quarter of 2022. The increasing cost of living — and the increasing cost of online video services — may account for the reduction, although more than two-thirds of homes in the country still have access to an online video subscription service.
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France ends television licence fee

France will abolish its television licence fee as part of a package of measures to address the increasing cost of living. The move has been approved by the French Senate. It was promised by President Macron as part of his re-election campaign. The government has pledged to replace the fee with public subsidies funded by VAT sales tax, at least until the end of 2024. The development will be closely watched in other countries that still employ television licence fee funding.
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