Tom Rogers, former NBC executive, is on CNBC and has this advice to Bob Iger:

Add sports betting content (which Bob Iger has shut down)

Lower streaming service expectations

Manage cable decline

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The big question on CNBC is whether Disney is too late to enter the streaming game.

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Disney stock has given up some of their after hours gains as they warned the studio will have a tough 2nd quarter at the studios since they are only releasing two films while comparing to last year phenomenon Black Panther

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And that'll do it. Headlines were slim but 2 million subs for ESPN+ is notable and the continuation (and expansion?) of R-rated Marvel films will definitely be of interest. Thanks for joining us!

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Disney expects FX to create content for Hulu in addition to the FX TV network

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Iger notes that a decrease in consumer confidence in China is partially to blame 

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Disney has seen some softness at Shanghai Disney, but it is still profitible and they continue to grow it.

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But they're good with licensing  (this topic came up when Disney canceled its Disney Infinity games)

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Iger admits the company hasn't been great at self-publishing video games

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Lots of Deadpool .gifs in reaction to Bob's R-rated Marvel reveal. Rumors recently suggested that a Black Widow film could also be rated R

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Bob says crowding at the parks can be an issue, so they are continuing to try and spread demand through pricing.

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He continues that parks should keep their ad budgets low for promoting Galaxy's Edge

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Iger jokes he should just tweet "it's opening" to promote Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

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CFO McCarthy originally said that both Galaxy's Edge lands will open this fiscal year that ends in October. She then corrected herself by saying Calendar Year (ends in December)

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Bob Iger says Disney will continue to make R-rated Marvel movies and there may even be more of it.

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That being said, ESPN does cover gambling and its impact

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Bob Iger does not see Disney getting into the business of gambling or facilitating gambling.

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Next question is about sports gambling and if it could be an oppurtunity for the company. 

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Profitibility at Hulu may be impacted by trying to roll out the service internationally

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Iger points to the Disney Parks previously licensing from Lucasfilm and Fox, noting his willingness to look outside of the company for IPs they can leverage

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Another question asks about news that Disney is licensing an upcoming Disney+ show from CBS Studios 

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Iger says he's not looking to adjust the theatrical window but might adjust other timing such as home releases

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As mentioned, Disney will talk much more about Disney+ and preview content during an investors event on April 11

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Question asks if Iger has interest in closing theatrical window to boost Disney+

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Disney expects to forgo $150 million in operating income per year as they end their Netflix deal

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ESPN+ saw times of up to 15,000 signsups per minute

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Bob Iger says that ESPN+ has shown that the BAMTech platform is strong. This includes streaming and signups

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First question rehashes lost licensing revenue Disney will incur with their DTC strategy

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Disney expects Jessica Jones Season 3 to debut during their 3rd Quarter (June-August)

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Looking ahead, the timing of the Easter holiday will move associated Parks revenue mostly to Q3 after falling partially in Q2 last year

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Disney expects to continued investment in ESPN+ and development in Disney+ to continue to impact earnings of Disney's Direct-to-Consumer business

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Revenues at Hong Kong Disneyland were higher, but were offset by decreases at Shanghai Disneyland and Disneyland Paris

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No big news in Iger's opening statements, sadly    But there's always Q&A

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Disney is ready to integrate 21st Century Fox once they receive regulator approval from the last few remaining territories

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ESPN+ now has 2 million subscribers, double what they had 5 months ago.

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The first UFC Fight Night led 600,000 fans to sign up for ESPN+

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Bob Iger congratulates the Disney Studio for 17 Oscar nominations.

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Here we go...

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The operator says the call should begin in just a few moments


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Conference call hold music is currently playing the Oscar-nominated "The Place Where Lost Things Go" from Mary Poppins Returns 

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Disney up 1.51% in after hours trading

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Disney is spending more money on their domestic parks spending 838 million in captial projects Oct-Dec 2018 compared to 646 million in the previous year quarter

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Disney saw subscription and advertising revenue grow at Hulu which was partially offset by higher programming costs.

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After a solid first quarter, with diluted EPS of $1.86, we look forward to the transformative year ahead, including the successful completion of our 21st Century Fox acquisition and the launch of our Disney+ streaming service,” said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company.  “Building a robust direct-to-consumer business is our top priority, and we continue to invest in exceptional content and innovative technology to drive our success in this space.”

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Disney parks saw a 10% income growth compared to the prior year

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Revenue was $15.3 billion compared to $15.14 billion expected

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Disney revenues beats the street with earnings of $1.84 earnings per share vs expected earnings of $1.55

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Disney stock ended the day up .72% to 112.61

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Good afternoon and welcome to our live blog! Disney should be releasing their Q1 FY19 earnings shortly after the closing bell at 4 p.m. EST. That will be followed by an investor call at 4:30 p.m.  Stay tuned!

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