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The Walt Disney Company Decides to Close Fox Sports Asia Channels in DTC Pivot

The Walt Disney Company Decides to Close Fox Sports Asia Channels in DTC Pivot

The Walt Disney Company is set to shut down its Fox Sports Asia channels in October. It is said that 18 pay-television channels are set for closure as Disney makes a global effort to pivot towards a direct-to-customer (DTC) first model. The channels that will be shut down include Fox Sports, Fox Sports 2, Fox Sports 3, Star Sports 1, and Star Sports 2.

One of the longest-running television businesses in the Southeast Asia regions, Disney has several deals in place with Formula One and other flagship tennis tournaments such as the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open. However, the company's staffs were informed that it was set to pull the plug on its various sports channels.

Besides, Disney' is now shifting its focus on its streaming service Disney+. Sports programming has become increasingly less important to the broadcaster, with the app not offering any sports content and instead focusing on film and television series. Disney has a firm foot in the Asia-Pacific region, following the unveiling of Disney+ in Singapore, Indonesia, and Japan, with the service expected to go live in Hong Kong later this year.

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