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Without its Hot Star HBO, a Disney+ sub is slim pickings

28 March, 2023

COME APRIL, we will no longer be able to stream any of the HBO shows on Disney+ Hotstar. Outcry has been quick and rising. Subscribers have turned to social media to vent their shock, grief and anger over the announcement. The timing of it couldn’t be worse as the final season of Succession has just got underway. If losing the rights to IPL last year cost the streaming platform close to 4 million subscribers, losing HBO may prove to be a considerable, even if not equal, setback to its growth. The move comes amid a strategic shift on Bob Iger’s return as Disney CEO and aligns with his $5.5 billion cost-cutting and restructuring blueprint. A pity that the very thing that helped grow Hotstar’s subscriber base is about to become a footnote in its digital history.

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