Sky seeks Disney+ Sky Q integration deal

Disney and Sky are working on a deal that would integrate Disney+ on Sky Q - at the expense of other TV platforms.

And according to a report by The Sunday
Telegraph, the terms of any deal could lock out rivals such as Virgin Media and BT TV.

According to the report, which said the two companies were "putting the touches to a multi-year partnership", a deal would mean Sky Q subscribers would see Disney+ programmes and movies integrated into Sky Q's interface and be able to take out a Disney+ subscription as part of their Sky Q bill, while other platforms would only be able to offer the Disney+ app as a standalone entity.

Disney+ launches in the UK and Ireland on the earlier than planned date of 24th March 2020.

Back in November, it was confirmed that BT TV was pushing for Disney+ to become available on its YouView-based TV service.

Sky is set to be the most affected by the new subscription video-on-demand service from Disney, as Sky has had a long-term partnership covering linear children's and movie channels.

While Disney has been actively closing down linear channels elsewhere in Europe ahead of the launch of Disney+, the company has remained tight-lipped about the fate of its UK and Ireland channels.

Disney also now controls the Fox UK channel and National Geographic, which are also major components of Sky's offering, given they were all once part of the Murdoch media empire prior to major ownership changes in the past 18 months.