An exciting industry-changing Netflix-like movie and TV streaming service is slated to launch in November 2019. Here is everything you need to know about the upcoming Disney streaming service, Disney+…
In 2017, Disney made an announcement that immediately sent shock waves through the entertainment industry. Well OK, they made a couple of those types of announcements in 2017, but the particular announcement we’ll explore here was the one about a new Disney Streaming service, similar to Netflix, which we now know will be called “Disney+.”
What is the New Disney Streaming Service Release Date?
Disney announced at the April 11th Investor Day event that Disney+ will launch in the US on November 12, 2019. We now also know that the services will launch in Canada and the Netherlands the same day and in Australia and New Zealand the following week. The service will launch to most other major global markets over the following two years.
How Much Will it Cost?
Also announced at Investor Day was that the service will cost subscribers $6.99 per month or $69.99 annually in the US. This is significantly less than presumed chief content rival Netflix which currently charges between $12.99 per month for their standard streaming plan.
Disney+ will also be offered as a bundle with Disney’s other premium streaming services, Hulu (ad-supported version) and ESPN+. The bundle price at launch will be $12.99 per month. This is a bundle that is something cord-cutters will take a long look at given its wide coverage of the content areas people purchase cable most for and its cost, which is significantly lower than cable television subscription rates.
What Movies and Shows Will Be On the New Disney Streaming Service?
It will contain Disney, Pixar, Marvel, National Geographic and Star Wars content, as well as ‘family-friendly’ Fox content like The Sound of Music, The Princess Bride and Malcolm in the Middle. Content will consist of movies and television shows, new and old, as well as original content exclusively produced for the streaming platform. Disney expects the new service to contain about 7,000 to 8,000 episodes from the vast Disney/ABC television library and 500 films.
We know from comments made recently by Disney CEO, Bob Iger, that they ‘Disney Vault’ will essentially be opened up to this new service and the entire Disney movie collection will be available. It is unclear if ‘Disney Movies’ means specifically Disney or if Touchstone and Hollywood Pictures films will be included on the service, although we do know that the service will not include any R-rated content. Also unknown is whether a movie like Song of the South, long avoided by Disney, will be added to the service.
In terms of Marvel content, Disney has announced that Ant Man & the Wasp is their last Marvel movie that will be available on Netflix, which has been the exclusive home for newly-released Marvel films. Beginning with Captain Marvel, which will be available on the service on day 1, all Marvel movies will be exclusive to Disney+.
We also know that Disney is going to have a bit of a battle on their hands, at least for the next few years, in gaining the ability to stream their Star Wars movie library. Those rights currently belong to Turner Broadcasting and their new parent AT&T. In 2016, Disney sold the rights to the Star Wars library to Turner in 2016 for a reported $275 million which gives the broadcaster exclusive rights to air them on their TBS and TNT and online channels. These rights currently stand until 2024. Rumors have been circulating that Disney would like to buy those rights back, but there has been no official word on that as of yet. Disney also has a Star Wars streaming deal with Netflix until the end of 2018, which we have already been told won’t be renewed.
What Kind Of Original Content Will the Service Have?
Disney has confirmed a number of new titles that will be exclusive to Disney+. These include:
- The Mandalorian (Star Wars live-action)
- A Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Wars live-action show
- Monsters at Work (Monsters Inc Show)
- High School Musical series
- Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Candace Against the Universe
- 101 Dalmatian Street
- Challenger Deep
- Legend of the Three Caballeros
- Magic Camp
- Timmy Failure
- Love, Simon
- Life and Deaf
- Flora & Ulysses
- Marvel’s Storyboards
- Oswald the Lucky Rabbit
- The Paper Magician
- Don Quixote
- Shop Class
- Rogue Trip
- Cinema Relics: Iconic Art of the Movies
- Live-Action Star Wars show about Cassian Andor
Book of Enchantments (series about Disney villains)
- Diary of a Female President
- The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
- Marvel’s What If…?
- Marvel’s Hero Project
- The Imagineering Story (docu-series)
- Into the Unknown: Making Frozen 2
- The World According to Jeff Goldblum
- Magic of the Animal Kingdom
- Secret Society of Second Born Royals
- Ink & Paint (docu-series)
- One Day at Disney
- It has also been announced that Disney+ will be the exclusive home for The Simpsons streaming now that Disney has completed the Fox purchase.
The service will have more than 300 movies on launch day and more than 400 titles by the end of its first year in late 2020. It will also include 7,500 television episodes.
Short Circuit Animated Shorts:
Walt Disney Animation Studios will be producing a series of animated shorts, set to debut on Disney+ in spring 2020, titled Short Circuit. Here are the announced shorts that will be past of this series:
- Jing Hua (Flower in the Mirror)
- Just a Thought
- Exchange Student
What Streaming Platforms will Disney+ be Available on?
Disney has announced that Disney+ will be available on pretty much every streaming platform except for Amazon products like Fire TV. The list of platforms it will be available on include Apple TV, Chromecast, Android TV, PS 4, Roku and Xbox One. This vast distribution, coupled with the recently announced $15 per month bundle with Hulu and ESPN+, makes the new service more than just a Netflix competitor and should be poised to eat into the market share of cable TV.
What About Netflix?
Disney intends to pull its movie library from its current streaming partner, Netflix prior to launch of the new service. We have gotten word that the mega-blockbuster Marvel movie Avengers: Endgame will stream exclusively on Disney+ beginning on December 11, 2019.
What About Hulu?
It is also worth mentioning here that we don’t currently know how the new Disney Streaming Service will impact Hulu, which Disney is on its way to owning outright. It is tough to imagine that Disney will want to own two competing services, so something will likely have to give. We have seen indications that R-rated Disney-owned content may live on Hulu since it won’t be suitable for the new service, so Hulu may be seeing a re-positioning in the future as the more mature Disney streaming service. A lot of questions still to be answered there.
That is everything we know so far. I will be updating this post often as new details about the Disney+ service are released. Be sure to check back often for the latest news.