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  • Disney and Apple Reach New Agreement and Sales Resume on iTunes in Japan

    Sales of Disney on-demand content were stopped briefly through iTunes in Japan recently, when they could not reach an agreement with Apple. The company confirmed the news but recently released a statement on their website stating that everything had been restored. Disney did not give much explanation in regards to the brief removal of their content in Japan. However, Variety has said that the company confirmed with them that:

    the interruption was due to difficulties negotiating the renewal of the old contract between Apple and Disney Japan. The new contract was signed on Wednesday and both rentals (VoD) and electronic sell-through returned to normal.
    Apple has had a close relationship with Disney ever since previous Apple CEO, Steve Jobs was Disney’s director and Pixar was sold to Disney. Disney CEO Bog Iger was also named as a board member of Apple since 2011 and had Disney content on some of the first on-demand video content during the launch of iTunes. Although this time was just a brief removal, it shows how important studio relationships are with Apple’s content deals.

    Source: Variety, Disney
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Disney and Apple Reach New Agreement and Sales Resume on iTunes in Japan started by Akshay Masand View original post
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    1. znbl's Avatar
      znbl -
      Can someone please explain why this only affected Japan? This is concerning the iTunes store, which is an online site, not a physical store one walks into. Why would it be any different in Japan than anywhere else? Is it not the same server(s) (region/language localized or otherwise, but still interconnected) ?