Besides an update on the $52.4 billion deal for much of Fox, analysts on a conference call with CEO Bob Iger scheduled for later Monday will look for intelligence on ESPN, given declining National Football League ratings and falling subscribers at the juggernaut sports cable network.
ESPN's operating income was down because of lower ad revenue, partially offset by higher affiliate revenue and lower programming costs. "We're excited about what lies ahead, with a robust film slate, the launch of our ESPN direct-to-consumer business, new investments in our theme parks, and our pending acquisition of Twenty-First Century Fox", said Disney CEO Robert Iger. The company has said it will pull its content from Netflix when that happens.
At its studios, Disney reported both operating profits and revenue dropped slightly - despite the December launch of the latest "Star Wars" franchise, which has logged $4.4 billion in box-office sales.
But it was only at Disney's recent earnings call that CEO Bog Iger himself reportedly confirmed not just the existence of such plans but even the details of the upcoming service.
Tuesday's investor call was a busy one for Disney, who took the opportunity to lock down plans for multiple Star Wars TV projects along with a new film series from David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the creative masterminds behind HBO's über-popular Game of Thrones.
Revenue at Disney's biggest business, media networks, was flat at $6.2bn because of falling income from advertising and programme sales at its ABC network. Cable networks revenues for the quarter increased 1 percent to $4.5 billion and operating income decreased 1 percent to $900 million.
"The third feature is a plus service, we're calling it ESPN Plus", he told them. The film has generated about $1.32 billion in box-office revenue worldwide, compared with the $2.07 billion haul for its predecessor in the current trilogy, "The Force Awakens". It's broader, direct-to-consumer streaming service, meanwhile, is set to be available some time in 2019.
X And those hot topics may or may not distract from the now-perennial question of whether Disney's cable networks, notably ESPN, are losing more subscribers. Last month, Disney gave 125,000 employees a one-time cash bonus of $1,000 each and invested $50 million to create a higher education program for workers.