There is no doubt that 2019 and the years beyond are going to be definite by the ‘streaming wars’ between some of the biggest companies in the world. The imminent entry of a behemoth like Disney (DIS) has raised the stakes even higher and on Thursday the entertainment company made another significant announcement.
During the company’s conference call for the fourth-quarter earnings, the Chief Executive Officer of Disney Bob Iger stated that the streaming serving Disney+ is going to be available on Amazon Fire TV.
Major Development For Content Providers
This is a major development, considering the fact that Disney had earlier said that the service might not be available on products owned by Amazon due to advertising disagreements.
However, that is not all. Iger went on to state that the service will also be made available on Smart TV manufactures by LG and Samsung. During the conference call, the Disney CEO said, “We’re pleased to announce partnerships with Amazon Fire [TV], LG, and Samsung devices.”
It is a major development for a streaming service that is trying to capture market share quickly from Netflix. Availability on Amazon Fire makes it accessible to a far bigger pool of potential customers. That is why this particular announcement is so important.
Where Does This Leave Netflix?
There are certain added benefits of the availability of Amazon Fire TV. The Disney+ app has the ability to sync with the built-in search engine on Amazon. Therefore, users will be able to request particular content by stating it to the personal assistant Alexa.
It goes without saying that the development has come as a big boost for Disney+. It’s ahead of the much-anticipated launch on November 12. The price of the service sits cheaper than Netflix’s cheapest package. It’s also going to be a highly cut-throat battle between the two companies. That said, other services are also coming soo. The ‘streaming wars’ are going to be the theme of 2020.