We have known for quite some time now that Disney is planning on launching its own streaming service, and now a few more key details have been revealed.
CNBC is reporting on Thursday that Disney’s planned streaming service will be called “Disney+”, and that it will be launching sometime in the latter half of 2019. The company hasn’t nailed down an exact launch date just yet, so we don’t have anything to circle on the calendar. These revelations were delivered by Disney CEO Bob Iger during the company’s latest earnings call.
The new streaming service will feature a ton of content. It will have the standard Disney fare on there, from animated movies to live action fare, and there will also be plenty of new, original content as well. The streaming service will also be home to Marvel content. And we will also see properties from Fox (which Disney acquired particular studios for the tune of $71.3 billion) as well.
That includes new spin-off shows from movies like Star Wars: Rogue One, which will see the return of Diego Luna’s character from that film, Cassian Andor, headline a standalone TV show. There will also new new episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, one of the most anticipated revivals for animated shows to date.
There’s plenty more, including a spin-off series starring Tom Hiddleston reprising his role as Loki within the Marvel Cinematic Universe films. And other ventures as well:
“Other original shows and movies include a rebooted version of The High School Musical franchise. It will also be a hub for animated content, including the next season of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” and an new original animated series based on Pixar’s “Monsters Inc.” Exclusive movies include “Noel,” a Christmas movie about Santa’s daughter played by Anna Kendrick, and “Togo,” a movie about the 1925 Nome Serum Run starring William DaFoe.”
Something else interesting: It won’t be like Netflix insofar that Disney+ just dumps all the content into one place. Instead, it sounds like we’ll see five (or six) services in one, with each brand getting its own microsite within Disney+ as a whole, each with its own unique UI. So, if you want to find Star Wars content, there’s a dedicated place for that. Same with Marvel, Disney, Pixar, and National Geographic. Fox would more than likely get its own microsite as well. This info was shared on Twitter by TV reporter Josef Adalian:
Disney+ will do what Netflix doesn't: Its app will have microsites within it devoted to various brands: Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar, Nat Geo and Disney. And each of those brand sites will have different user interfaces. So: 5 services in 1?
— TVMoJoe (@TVMoJoe) November 8, 2018
Disney’s streaming service will also mean that the company is going to pull its content off what is obviously a major competitor, Netflix. We’ve reported previously that Netflix has been in talks with the streaming platform to keep content for Netflix subscribers, but that doesn’t appear to be what’s going to happen. Disney’s deal with Netflix to stream content ends in 2019, and with Disney+ launching at the same time, well, that content would help stock that library right out of the gate.
Now we just need to wait and see how much Disney+ is going to cost on a monthly basis.