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. It is unclear when the service will launch outside the US.
How Much Will it Cost?
Also announced at Investor Day was that the service will cost subscribers $6.99 per month. This is significantly less than presumed chief content rival Netflix which currently charges between $12.99 per month for their standard streaming plan.
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:
- Lady and the Tramp (live action)
- The Sword in the Stone (live action)
- Three Men and a Baby
- The Mandalorian (Star wars live-action)
- Monsters at Work (Monsters Inc Show)
- High School Musical series
- A new Phineas and Ferb movie
- Magic Camp
- Timmy Failure
- 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
- Ink & Paint (docu-series)
- It has also been announced that Disney+ will be the exclusive home for The Simpsons streaming now that Disney has completed the Fox purchase.
Disney has said that we can expect 3-4 new feature films and 3-4 new regular series exclusive to the service.
What About Netflix?
Disney intends to pull its movie library from its current streaming partner, Netflix prior to launch of the new service.
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 part-owns and will gain even more ownership once that Fox deal is made official. 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.