Disney's Streaming Service (Finally!) Gets Launch Date, Price Details

12 April, 2019, 09:44 | Author: Jared Lewis
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Although Disney has an enviable track record of producing shows and films that attract huge audiences, its attempt to build its own Netflix is risky.

Some new Disney movies, such as a Lady and the Tramp remake, will go directly to the Disney+ app. Disney CEO Iger says that all Disney movies will be available to be exclusively streamed on Disney+. The streaming platform now boasts itself as "the exclusive streaming-video-on-demand home of The Simpsons", and it will have all 30 seasons of the iconic show to stream on the premiere date.

"The interesting thing is both companies have ended up in the same place, but they've come to it from vastly different backgrounds", he said.

Disney+ is aiming to take on Netflix with its massive content library which includes Star Wars and all Marvel films (Black Panther, anyone?).

Following its U.S debut, Disney+ will rapidly expand globally, with plans to be in almost all major regions of the world within the next two years.

The service also plans to bring some programming not traditionally associated with the House of Mouse to Disney Plus, some of which comes from the company's recent acquisition of 21st Century Fox.

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Disney kicked off its presentation to Wall Street analysts at its Burbank, California, headquarters on Thursday with a video that demonstrated the breadth of its portfolio, showing clips from dozens of classic TV shows and movies from Frozen and The Lion King to Avatar and The Sound of Music.

There's also the issue of whether Disney and other studios will divert projects that would have played on and benefited other studio-owned assets - such as networks like ABC, Disney Channel and Freeform - to feed the streaming operation.

Disney has confirmed that its Disney+ streaming service will eventually roll out to other countries after first launching in the United States. Iger has said Hulu will continue to offer general entertainment programming while Disney Plus will be focused on family fare.

Looks like streaming services are the way of the future. Disney executives hinted the company would "likely" bundle the three at a discounted price, but declined to give more details. It costs $7/month or $70 a year.

Disney is betting its new service will quickly offset that. New and current Marvel cast members will be lending their voices to the series, which means even if you will no longer see them on the MCU, you can see them reprise their roles in animated form. Fans will also have access to an unprecedented amount of content for offline viewing. Everything won't be ready to watch on day one of Disney+, but there will be more than enough content available.

Just before Disney+ launches in November, the company will blow up the Disney Vault.

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