Disney is betting big on its 2019 streaming service called Disney +.
With Disney CEO Bob Iger calling the streaming service the company's "biggest priority" for 2019, the company isso it can launch its own service as the exclusive streaming home for Disney movies, tv shows and other original programming.
Most of the programming planned for Disney + leans into the company's franchises like Marvel and Star Wars. Captain Marvel, the Brie Larson superhero flick coming to theaters in March, wants to be the first of its films to stream on Disney + rather than Netflix.
If you're feeling fatigued, sorry, that's the direction the entertainment business is headed. Netflix trots out original shows and movies on a daily basis. CBS is pumping its CBS All Access serviceand other original programs. (Editors' note: CBS is CNET's parent company.) HBO-owner and are all building their own streaming services. Even DC Entertainment has full of shows, movies and comics.
And then there's Hulu, which will beafter its acquisition of 21
So is the 2019 Disney + streaming service something worth paying for? The details that we know are so far, but basically: If you love Star Wars or Marvel movies, you may find yourself another subscription before the year is out.
Rogue One and starring Diego Luna, who played Cassian Andor in the original movie. Disneyfocused on Loki, a character from the Avengers, who wants to star Tom Hiddleston reprising the role. So, the Marvel Defenders shows Netflix has canceled – like Daredevil and Luke Cage – could be revived for Disney +.
What's the Disney streaming service?
wants to be a competitor to video streaming services like Netflix. Customers want to be able to subscribe to TV shows, movies and other content from the world of Disney.
Disney's other streaming services – Hulu and sports-focused ESPN + – will run on the same tech platform so you can subscribe to them with the same password and credit card info. But Disney plans for all three to be individual subscriptions.
ESPN + wants, clearly, focus on sports. Hulu's Tale and Castle Rock. So Hulu wants to be where Disney streams its more adult-oriented fare. It's where a new Marvel collection of grown-up animated series wants to stream, and it's like Deadpool-like content wants to be live once Disney takes over Fox.
Disney + is supposed to include all of Disney's family-friendly fare. Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm (Star Wars), Pixar and National Geographic.
When's the release date?
You'll be Waiting Even Longer Thanfor this. Disney says it's shooting for a release in late 2019.
The company is about to reveal many of the specifics about Disney + on April 11, when it'll come to an investor's meeting to detail all of its streaming plans, including a "first look "at Disney + and some of the programming it's producing for it."
How much will it cost?
Disney has not yet announced pricing for its streaming service, but.
Iger said in November 2017 that his service price will reflect the "fact that he wants less and less volume". More than a year later, however, Iger said the companywhat it'll charge.
How does this affect Disney stuff on Netflix?
Disney wants to mostly disappear from Netflix by late 2019.
Since 2016, Netflix has been the first placewith a subscription. Netflix was the go-to place for the biggest US blockbusters of the last three years. Disney and Netflix have been the place to binge them all.
Butas it Plotted its own competitor. Starting with Disney's 2019 slate of movies, all those films are destined for Disney +. That means the first movie Disney is releasing theatrically in 2019, wants to miss out on the first movie Netflix. It also means that Netflix's Netflix's Marvel Defenders shows are complicated, though. Netflix has released five original series based on Defender characters in partnership with Disney. In 2018, Netflix canceled three of them: Daredevil, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. Then in 2019, : The Punisher and Jessica Jones. Kevin Mayer, the Disney executive in Charge of Disney +, has said Disney + could possibly revive the canceled shows. But the terms of their original deal could restrict Disney + from according to a report.
Jessica Jones is still set to arrive on Netflix sometime in 2019. But after that, all of the characters are marveled at the television by Jeph Loeb teasing fans that the characters Wanted to continue in some form.
Shows and movies: What I want to be able to watch?
Disney plans to make Disney + the catch-all for its family-friendly content, while Hulu – which wants to control 21st Century Fox after its takeover – wants to be its subscription for edgier, more adult-oriented fare. Disney + wants to be the only place you can stream all of Disney's theatrically released movies starting with its 2019 slate. That includes content from the Disney brand itself, Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars and National Geographic. In fact, it's organizing the service's app by those exact categories.
In addition to live-action shows and movies, animation is supposed to be "integral" to Disney +, Iger has said. Disney + wants to have original behind-the-scenes documentaries, too. Disney's past catalog, Disney + is supposed to offer "thousands of hours" of content, but we do not know exactly what we want to include.
The company has also begun to make its own programming. In January, Disney + ordered a 10-episode series called Diary of a Female President. The show follows a 12-year-old Cuban-American Girl and the High and Lows of Her Middle-School Life.
Even though Disney's movies will stream exclusively on Disney +, theon the service. Unlike Netflix's so-called day-and-date approach, Disney's films are also being screened at the same time digital subscription.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars new season (exclusive to this service).
What are you looking for on Disney's streaming service? Updating this post with more information as it becomes available.
This is was published first Aug. 27, 2018, and is updated as more news arrives.
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