Disney Has Potential to Beat Netflix in Streaming Wars Says Analyst


Last year, Disney announced it would be ending its licensing deal with Netflix as it plans to launch its own video streaming service in 2019, while also reaching a deal with 21st Century Fox, in which it will acquire most of Fox’s film and TV production and distribution businesses for $52.4 billion.

Following the tie-up, which is currently awaiting regulatory approval and also includes video-streaming service Hulu, RBC Capital Markets analyst Steven Cahall believes Disney could end up spending $30 billion annually on video-streaming content, far outspending Netflix, as the latter has $8 billion pegged on content this year (via BusinessInsider).

“We conclude that DIS remains among the best in the biz, with a valuable opportunity to match NFLX in streaming, and benefits from the FOXA deal and Hulu,” Cahall wrote in a note to investors.

Cahall estimated that the number of subscribers the entertainment company could bring in just from families going on Disney-themed vacations is around 50 million unique households. Moreover, the fan bases of Star Wars and Marvel, composed of adults and children alike, is not factored into that estimate, suggesting Disney could have a much wider subscriber audience.

Cahall added that with Hulu already having more than 17 million subscribers, Disney could spend as much as $15 billion USD annually to add to the platform’s content offerings and attract a growing audience. “The potential scale of DIS DTC [direct-to-consumer] + Hulu is the real deal,” Cahall said.

RBC boosted Disney’s price target to $135 per share, roughly 30% above its current share level.