Disney will be expanding its entertainment reach with a brand new subscription-based streaming service called Disney+. Those who subscribe to the service will have a wealth of Disney content available to them, which includes titles from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Walt Disney Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Disney Channel, Marvel Studios, and Lucasfilm. Additionally, they will have major Fox titles like The Simpsons, and more.
During an investors meeting, Disney CEO Bob Iger addressed some of the key details about their latest venture, including pricing, launch date, titles that will be available, and what kind of original content we could expect to see.
So below, we consolidated it into Six points that you need to know before you even think about putting some money into this. And judging by the looks of it, it could be worth every penny.
1 – Cost And Bundle
Obviously, the cost is the one thing that is everyone’s mind when it comes to having access to a large number of titles from all of the Disney IPs. For those considering subscribing, it will come at a cost of $6.99 per month or $69.99 for the whole year. When compared to other subscription-based services like Netflix (8.99 a month) and Amazon Prime ($8.99 a month for Prime Video only).
And remember, Disney holds a 60% stake in Hulu. They also own ESPN, which offers ESPN+, a sports-based subscription service that allow subscribers to stream live-sports from anywhere. Though no details were offered, it’s very likely that Disney will bundle these services into one nice package.
Additionally, Disney+ will be an ad-free subscription service, while ESPN+ will have limited ads, and Hulu has options for ads or limited ads, with prices being lower or higher depending on the former or later.
2 – When Will It Be Available
Disney+ will launch in the U.S. on November 12, 2019. The service will offer fans of all ages a new way to experience the unparalleled content from the Company’s iconic entertainment brands, including Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic, and will be available on connected TV and mobile devices.
3 – Library
With Disney+ set to launch mid-November, subscribers will have access to a number of Disney titles all from a wide array of vaults from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Walt Disney Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Disney Channel, Marvel Studios, and Lucasfilm. Some content won’t be available at once and will roll into the service later on in the year. For instance, subscribers will have access to all of the Star Wars content, including the original trilogy, the prequel trilogy, the current trilogy, and the two spinoff films. However, for Marvel Studios, not all titles will be available. It’s unclear when other titles will arrive on the service and whether or not they will rotate in and out of it.
Of course, Disney+ will be the home to all of Walt Disney Animation Studio films. Additionally, it will be home to the full Pixar collection, including the animated shorts, like the Academy Award-winning Bao.
4 – Original Titles
But that’s not all, there will be original content from all of the Disney branches. Here are just a few of the titles that you can look forward to when the service launches.
– “Into the Unknown: Making Frozen 2” documentary series showing the hard work and imagination that go into making one of the most highly-anticipated Walt Disney Animation Studios features
– Toy Story-based projects, “Forky Asks a Question” animated short series and “Lamp Life” short film
– “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier” live-action series with Anthony Mackie returning as Falcon and Sebastian Stan reprising his role as Winter Soldier
– “WandaVision” live-action series with Elizabeth Olsen returning as Wanda Maximoff and Paul Bettany reprising his role as The Vision
– “Marvel’s What If…?,” the first animated series from Marvel Studios, taking inspiration from the comic books of the same name. Each episode will explore a pivotal moment from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and turn it on its head, leading the audience into uncharted territory
– “Loki” will star Tom Hiddleston, who reprises his role as the god of mischief
• National Geographic
– “The World According to Jeff Goldblum” documentary series where Jeff pulls back the curtain on a seemingly familiar object to reveal a world of astonishing connections, fascinating science, and a whole lot of big ideas
– “Magic of the Animal Kingdom” documentary series which takes viewers behind the scenes with the highly respected animal-care experts, veterinarians, and biologists at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Epcot’s SeaBase aquarium
• Disney Channel
– “The Phineas and Ferb Movie” (working title) animated film featuring many of the original voice cast
• Star Wars
– “The Mandalorian,” the world’s first scripted live-action Star Wars series for Iron Man and The Jungle Book director Jon Favreau.
– The untitled Cassian Andor series starring Diego Luna and Alan Tudyk, who reprise their roles as Cassian Andor and K-2SO, respectively.
5 – Other Titles
Other live-action films include “Lady and the Tramp,” a remake of the animated classic of the same name that sees a rich upper-class female dog falling in love with a street mutt. Kiersey Clemons, Thomas Mann, and Yvette Nicole Brown will play human characters, while Tessa Thompson, Justin Theroux, Ashley Jensen, Benedict Wong, Sam Elliott, and Janelle Monae will voice dogs.
“Noelle,” sees Anna Kendrick as Santa’s daughter, who finds herself having to take over the family business. The film also stars Bill Hader.
“Togo,” a new original film starring Willem Dafoe, tells the real-life tale of a man and his lead sled dog’s incredible journey through the Alaskan tundra
“Timmy Failure” a new Disney original film from Academy Award-winner Thomas McCarthy
“Stargirl” an adaptation of a New York Times bestseller
5 – Quotes
Here’s what Disney CEO Bob Iger had to say about Disney+:
“Disney+ marks a bold step forward in an exciting new era for our company – one in which consumers will have a direct connection to the incredible array of creative content that is The Walt Disney Company’s hallmark. We are confident that the combination of our unrivaled storytelling, beloved brands, iconic franchises, and cutting-edge technology will make Disney+ a standout in the marketplace, and deliver significant value for consumers and shareholders alike,” Mr. Iger said.
Chairman Kevin Mayer added:
“We’re extremely excited about our growing portfolio of direct-to-consumer offerings. As we demonstrated today, with Disney+ we will deliver extraordinary entertainment in innovative ways to audiences around the world,” said Mr. Mayer. “We’ll continue to enhance the user experience with a constant pipeline of high-quality programming, making the service even more appealing to consumers.”