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.
When Will We See the New Disney Streaming Service?
Disney has said the new service will launch in 2019; about a year after a sister service focusing on ESPN content is set to launch. It is currently unclear as to when in 2019 it will launch.
What Will Be On the New Disney Streaming Service?
It will contain Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars content (no word on Fox content yet). Content will consist of movies and television shows, new and old, as well as original content exclusively produced for the streaming platform. According to an ABC executive, Disney expects the new service to contain about 7,000 to 8,000 episodes from the vast Disney/ABC television library. 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. One would think that they would try to include the entire Disney-owned library, but we just don’t know right now.
What Kind Of Original Content Will the New Disney Streaming Service Have?
We have already heard of some of the original content heading to the new Disney Service. Current plans have new a High School Musical show, a Monsters Inc show, as well as new Marvel and Star Wars programming set for exclusive release on the service. 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 service are released. Be sure to check back often for the latest news.