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Japan's NTT Docomo clinches Disney streaming deal

Carrier secures exclusive rights to launch service to rival Netflix in June

Docomo has been nurturing its relationship with Disney as the carrier struggles to boost subscribers. (Source photo by Disney) 

TOKYO -- NTT Docomo, Japan's largest mobile carrier, said Thursday it has secured exclusive rights to offer Disney's streaming service Disney+ in the country starting June 11.

The deal marks the first time a carrier will distribute Disney+ exclusively, and gives Docomo a weapon to snatch subscribers from rivals at a time when the industry is struggling to boost growth. The highly anticipated launch of 5G in the spring was disrupted by the outbreak of COVID-19.

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