Disney is deep into a race to improve direct-to-consumer (DTC) earnings faster than linear TV profitability falls. It will be a close call.
To get through the profit-depressed transition, Disney is doubling down on digital. Bob Iger now appears decided to keep Hulu, and will reduce content spending on long-term IP creation.
In Europe, Disney’s battle plan is one step behind, with significant price increases yet to be tried, cuts to be implemented, and sales to broadcast partners just beginning.