Disney’s New Streaming Service: Here’s Everything We Know So Far

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Last year Disney announced plans to create a streaming service platform of its own and since then details have been minimal. Now more information is starting to trickle out and here is everything we’ve learned about Disney’s new streaming service.

What’s It Called?

There’s been no official announcement about the name of Disney’s new streaming service, but lots of folks in Hollywood have unofficially dubbed it “Disneyflix.”

When Is It Coming?

Disney initially announced that the platform would likely be coming sometime in 2019. Now we have official confirmation from Disney CEO Bob Iger that the streaming service will indeed be available at the end of 2019.

What Will Be On It?

First and foremost the platform will be home to Disney’s vast library of family favorites, including the studio’s new Marvel movies. It will also feature the newest theatrical releases, including upcoming live-action remakes of Dumbo and Lady and the Tramp. A whole slate of original television programming will also be available, like shows based on Monsters, Inc. and High School Musical.

The Star Wars universe will also find its new home exclusively on the platform, although not just yet. Turner Broadcasting currently holds the rights to the Star Wars films, which means they won’t be available on the Disney platform until 2024. In the meantime, Disney will be rolling out several new shows set in the Star Wars universe, as well as a new season of Clone Wars.

With the Disney and FOX merger in the works, FOX titles, including Marvel’s X-Men franchise, will also become part of the library. What might not appear on the streaming service is any R-rated titles acquired from FOX, which are predicted to find a home on Hulu, of which Disney will own a 60 percent stake if the merger goes through.

How Much Will It Cost?

At a recent investor presentation, Iger suggested that the new platform would have a lower subscription price than its main competitor Netflix. The lower price would reflect the fact that initially the library will be smaller than that of Netflix. The company plans to expand the library over time, but doesn’t want to rush the quality of the content over the amount. In other words, as time goes by and the library grows, chances are the price will grow as well.

What Does It Mean for Disney Fans?

Once the platform arrives, you’ll no longer find new Disney or Pixar releases on Netflix or other streaming services. If Elsa, Mickey and Luke Skywalker are all staples in your house, it will mean footing the bill for yet another streaming service in order keep your young viewers happily watching the shows and movies they love.

—Shahrzad Warkentin

Featured photo: William Iven via Unsplash



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