Disney’s core competitive advantages reside in its IP stock and in consumers’ lifelong affection for its brands, but the company faces a growing challenge from much larger tech platforms, pushing up the costs of production, sports rights and access to future IP.
Disney’s resources for content expenditure are now flat. The fat profit contribution from US linear channels may soon start to decline whereas direct-to-consumer losses at Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+ are still increasing, and the recovery of parks could be capped by the worsening economy.
With its recognisable IP, Disney will benefit if global video viewing continues to coalesce around fewer, bigger series, although a weak future cinema market— which Disney dominates and leverages—will impair the creation of big, new IP properties. China and India’s potential may not materialise soon.