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Disney ‘pulls half its TV box sets from Sky’s streaming service’

Shows from Disney-owned ABC dropped by half from April to October

Disney has reportedly removed half of its content from Sky’s NOW TV streaming service as it prepares for the launch of Disney Plus in the UK.

According to a report in The Guardian, Disney has already begun removing some of its TV boxsets, including the likes of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal.

The paper cites research from Ampere Analysis, which found the number of seasons of TV shows made by Disney-owned ABC that were available on the Sky Now streaming service dropped from 99 to 45 between April and October.

According to Ampere, Disney’s content accounted for almost 30 per cent of the premium movies aired on Sky’s main pay-TV service in the third quarter of 2019. Disney and Fox account for about 8 per cent of all Sky’s premium TV shows on NOW TV and almost a quarter of its library of more than 620 shows that appeal to families and children.

“Sky can’t afford to lose so much content and they will be trying to retain access somehow given Disney also needs its crown jewels to make Disney Plus work,” said Richard Broughton from Ampere Analysis.