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Disney's ASEAN push heralds brutal streaming war with Netflix

'Avengers' and 'Star Wars' owner stalks rival platforms with regional drive

Disney locks horns with Netflix as it expands distribution of its streaming service across markets in Southeast Asia.

SINGAPORE -- U.S. entertainment giant Disney is poised for a showdown with rival Netflix in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, as the content provider rolls out its streaming platform in the region backed by a hiring drive to support the service.

Called Disney Plus, the streaming portal had its latest ASEAN launch in Thailand on June 30, having been introduced in Malaysia earlier that month, Singapore on Feb. 23 and Indonesia on Sept. 5 last year -- covering four of the bloc's 10 countries.

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