How to watch ‘The Disney Holiday Singalong’ special live on ABC without cable

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Performers from Disney musicals will return to the New Amsterdam Theatre for the first time since March. Disney Theatrical Productions, once a booming if relatively small sliver of the Walt Disney Company, has had to work extra hard to get its share of the spotlight since the coronavirus pandemic sidelined live theater. But Disney continues to figure out new ways to extract value from its live musicals. Read Full Story

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‘Hamilton’ on Disney Plus is a nostalgic tour de force—and that’s the problem

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Watching the beloved 2015 Lin-Manuel Miranda play through 2020 eyes lays bare the disconnect between the play’s fantasy and our current reality. On July 3, the global musical phenomenon Hamilton will hit the small screen on Disney Plus, giving at least 55 million subscribers (at last count) the chance to see a live taping of the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning production performed by its original cast, including writer and composer Lin-Manuel Miranda in the titular role. Read Full Story

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What ‘Mulan’ boycott? Disney Plus viewers will surpass Hulu by 2024

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The Mouse House’s streaming service will become the third most-watched service in just a few more years. Despite the rocky reception of the live-action Mulan , which has lead to boycotts for all kinds of reasons , the Mouse House’s Disney Plus viewership is expected to continue to surge over the coming years, according to a new report from research firm eMarketer. Matter of fact, by 2024, Disney Plus will overtake another Disney majority-owned streaming service, Hulu, to become the third most-watched streaming service in the U.S. Read Full Story

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DANG! Disney stock seen in the same ballpark as tech giants Amazon, Netflix, and Google in analyst report

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“We believe Disney’s premium valuation is warranted, even compared to a group of dominant Internet companies,” says a new report from MoffettNathanson. Shares of the Walt Disney Company were trading at record highs on Friday after the entertainment giant unveiled a tidal wave of new movies and TV series and shared additional details about its broader strategic shift to streaming. Read Full Story

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How opera singers are using low-latency ‘jam session’ tech to prepare for live performances

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Traditional videoconferencing platforms are lousy for music collaboration. The San Francisco Opera found a solution that has everyone singing again. Resident artists for the San Francisco Opera will perform the first in a series of open-air concerts later this month at San Rafael’s Marin Center. It will be one of the largest live musical events in the Bay Area since the coronavirus pandemic began, according to organizers. By the time they’re ready to belt out enduring classics by Rossini, Puccini, and Verdi in front of a real audience, the singers and musicians will be on key, finely tuned, and well-rehearsed thanks to a brand-new collaboration platform called Aloha, from Stockholm-based Elk Audio, which is aimed at reducing the technical hiccups so often faced by live performers in a virtual environment. Read Full Story

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Disney doubles down on Disney+ with 50 new titles to come

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Disney’s annual Investor Day conference was all about Disney+, which it’s loading up with more content from Star Wars and Marvel. Disney+ was the belle of the ball at Disney’s Investor Day conference on December 10, reemphasizing the company’s pivot to streaming and providing an excuse to spend four hours detailing dozens of new titles planned for the streaming service, including new Star Wars and Marvel titles. Read Full Story

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How is Disney going to imagineer itself out of this one?

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The Walt Disney Company just shared how much it thinks the coronavirus pandemic has cost its business so far. Today the Walt Disney Company reported $18.01 billion in revenue and earnings of 60 cents per share for its fiscal second quarter of 2020, missing analysts’ profit estimates. In its first report since the coronavirus pandemic upended much of the world, Disney narrowly brought in more revenue than expected, per estimates published by CNBC , but make no mistake: The many-tentacled media empire is exposed just about everywhere. Read Full Story

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6 reasons why Disney fans should be worried about its future

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Disney’s message to investors this week was crystal clear: It plans to mine every idea it owns for new content for its Disney+ streaming service. Disney’s Investor Day conference on December 10 was a four-plus-hour palooza during which the company wowed Wall Street—Disney’s stock soared 12% to $173.84 per share on Friday morning, an all-time high—and the media with its incredible outlay of product coming down the pipeline. Read Full Story

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