Last night Disney overload (I mean that in a nice way) Bob Iger held a press conference to talk about the House Mouse’s new streaming service Disney+ and what fans and the public could expect from them.
First thing first the basic stuff, the app will launch in the US on November 12th and it’ll be available for $7 per month or $70 for the whole year. As for the UK, which has had the successful Disney Life service for some years, it’s unknown when it’ll be available, but the possibility is the first half of 2020.
Disney+ is going to have a full library on the day of launching and will include, 18 Pixar films, 13 animated classics, every Star Wars movie, Marvel films like Captain Marvel, 100 Disney channel original movies, nine exclusive originals and 250 hours of National Geographic programming.
It’ll also be the exclusive streaming home of The Simpsons following the merger with Fox.
Similar to their now rival Netflix, the service will be ad-free and I expect so if they’re spending billions on this product on top of the billions spent on getting Fox.
Original content will be important to the service’s survival and Disney is spending $1 billion on exclusive originals like Jon Favreau’s Star Wars series The Mandalorian and the Cassian Andor series, live-action Lady and the Tramp, High School Musical: The Musical and the newly announced Monsters Inc series, Monsters at Work.
The Hollywood Reporter also revealed there’s a Love, Simon series in development at Disney+ and will focus on the book Leah on the Offbeat the sequel to Simon vs the Homo Sapians Agenda, which Love, Simon is based on. It’ll feature a new cast and no one from the massively popular film will be involved.
Additionally, Marvel will be having series including Loki, the awfully titled WandaVision (Scarlet Witch and Vision), The Falcon and Winter Soldier and an animated series of What If? Stories with the first episode focusing on if Peggy Carter had the super-soldier serum instead of Steve Rogers, who instead has the Iron suit.
Sebastian Stan posted the logo of his upcoming series on Instagram.
While this is all very exciting it’s going to be a battle for Disney as I (like many others) will be unsure to even get the streaming service when many of us already have Netflix and Amazon Prime (and those in the UK Now TV). As stated above the UK have had a Disney streaming service for years and will a few new things keep them if the price goes up from its original £5?
That’s the other thing, to even compete with the streaming giants (sorry isn’t in this world) they’ll have to inject more money for original programming and they’ll either up the prices or just move some of the earnings from the box office.
When it comes to myself the only reason I’m even thinking about getting Disney+ is to watch the Star Wars shows and if the whole series for The Mandalorian airs in the US before everyone else gets the chance to watch, I’m just going to wait until it’s on DVD.