Disney Teams Up With Alibaba To Sell Movies, TV Shows In China

Alibaba’s strategy of becoming a media powerhouse took new form Tuesday with the announcement of a new deal with Disney to bring the entertainment company’s content and merchandise to China.

Called DisneyLife, a Mickey-Mouse-themed streaming device will include a collection of Disney (DIS) and Pixar movies, animation series, games, e-books, songs, travel services, and Disney theme parks and resorts information. The box, which connects to the Internet, will be sold on Alibaba’s (BABA) online shopping mall Tmall and will cost $125, which also includes a subscription to the service.

The box, said the two companies, is more than just content. Users will be able to purchase Disney merchandise, and plan a visit to the Hong Kong and Shanghai Disney amusement parks.

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For Disney, the deal with Alibaba could potentially give the company greater access to the fast-growing Chinese consumer market, and Alibaba’s massive user base of 384 million consumers.

The deal bolster’s Alibaba’s ambitions of expanding its Internet empire from e-commerce and cloud computing into media. The news follows Alibaba’s acquisition of one of China’s largest newspapers, The South China Morning Post. Earlier this year, the e-commerce juggernaut bought Chinese YouTube-like video service Youku Tudou in a deal valued at $5.2 billion. Alibaba also offers a Netflix-like streaming service to its users.

In turn, Alibaba also sees an opportunity to help Youku Tudou monetize its massive audience using Alibaba’s advertising services.

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