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VoD startup Pantaflix must adapt fast after early Disney gift

Disney’s partnership with the relatively unknown German transactional VoD (TVoD) service Pantaflix is perhaps most significant as it follows up a major announcement between Netflix and Deutsche Telekom just last week – signaling that the two new enemies are taking very different routes to market in Europe. While a deal with Deutsche Telekom opens up some 7.3 million pay TV subscribers as potential Netflix customers, plus scope to expand the deal to 160 million mobile subscribers worldwide, Disney is instead hedging its bets on a streaming service that only launched in July 2016 – in what is the fledgling company’s first major studio deal. As of the first quarter next year, Pantaflix users in Germany and Austria will have access…

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