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Tuesday, 20 February 2024 16:13

BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: We Have New Information From Our Sources on the Disney/Sony Physical Media Deal

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Regarding the Disney/Sony physical media news that we broke this morning on The Digital Bits (link here), we’ve learned the following additional information from our industry sources:

  • Once again, we’ve confirmed that Disney is indeed in the process of transitioning to a licensed physical media distribution model via an agreement with Sony Entertainment.
  • As part of this deal, Sony will market, sell, and distribute new Disney releases plus catalog titles on physical media (4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD, etc.) to consumers through retailers and distributors in the U.S. and Canada.
  • This shift is consistent with other strategies that Disney is working to implement company-wide, as exemplified by the company’s recent transitions in other markets.
  • Per usual, Disney regularly evaluates their approach to the physical media market as the home entertainment business and industry at large continue to rapidly evolve alongside consumer behavior.

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  • This agreement will allow Disney to continue offering its films and TV shows via physical media retailers and distributors, and most importantly to disc consumers more efficiently.
  • The transition for Disney handing over its physical media operations to Sony has recently commenced and will probably take several month to complete.
  • The first Disney title that will be managed by Sony on physical media will be The First Omen (20th Century Studios), which releases theatrically on 4/5/24 (digital and physical street dates are TBD will be announced in the coming months).


Watch for further updates here on The Bits website and on X/Twitter (@billhuntbits & @thedigitalbits) in the days and weeks ahead.

A final note: It should go without saying by now that if you’re interested in this kind of inside reporting on the film business, the home media industry, and physical media in general (for example this Disney/Sony news, the story about Best Buy quitting physical media that we broke last year, and Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD news in general), you should be going straight to the source by following us on social media, reading this website regularly, and by supporting our Patreon if you can. (We appreciate it!)

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