Disney has had a longstanding relationship with UK broadcaster Sky for many years. There are multiple reports that Disney’s contract with Sky is worth over a billion each year.
Disney and Sky have supposedly being in talks over the weekend to bring the Disney+ app to Sky Q Boxes.
The deal is understood to be an exclusive partnership, which if true would mean that Virgin Media and BT TV customers would not be able to stream Disney+ through their set-top boxes.
The rumour comes from anonymous sources speaking to the Telegraph, who add that the deal is similar to the one Sky currently has with Netflix. The Disney+ app would be fully integrated into Sky boxes allowing users to search anywhere to pull up Disney+ content.
The deal would be a win-win for both companies. Sky will receive commission for each sign-up and Disney can reach millions of fans in the UK.
We think the chances of this happening will be very high as Luke Bradley-Jones, who previously worked with Sky to launch Sky Q, is now senior vice president, Direct-to-Consumer and General Manager, Disney+ Europe & Africa.