DTC leads Disney to rising losses in Q1 DetailsMichelle Clancy | 11 May 2019 Disney saw significant operating losses in the first quarter of 2019, thanks to spending in its direct-to-consumer (DTC) business.The House of Mouse lost $393 million in the first quarter, almost doubling the loss of $188 million in the year-ago quarter. Execs said the results are a result of ramping up investment in the ESPN+ sports-streaming service and launch costs for the upcoming Disney+ service