Disney Sets Launch Date and Pricing, Previews Content for New Streaming Service

At its Investor Day 2019 event last Thursday, Disney presented a detailed overview of the Disney+ streaming service it previewed a year ago and announced that the service will carry a $6.99/month subscription when it launches November 12.

Calling Disney+ a “bold step forward in an exciting new era for our company,” CEO Robert Iger said the service will deliver a wealth of content from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic, each of which will have its own dedicated page.

Disney execs described the service as offering a “feature-rich experience that makes it easy to navigate, discover, and watch favorite programming.” Subscribers will be able to create custom profiles and receive content recommendations based on unique tastes, past behavior, and preferred content.

Disney+ will be available on a wide range of mobile and connected TV devices, including gaming consoles, streaming media players, and smart TVs and “will adjust to the best possible high-definition viewing experience based on a subscriber’s available bandwidth,” Disney said. The service will support resolutions up to 4K/Ultra HD with high-dynamic range (HDR) playback and offer “unprecedented amount of content” for offline viewing.

In addition to theatrical and TV content from Disney’s vast library, the service plans to release more than 25 original series and 10 original films, documentaries, and specials by “some of the industry’s most prolific and creative storytellers.” The list of upcoming original titles, broken down by studio, includes the following:

Marvel Studios
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.”

Walt Disney Animation Studios
Into the Unknown: Making Frozen 2 documentary series showing the hard work and imagination that go into making one of Disney’s most highly-anticipated features.

Pixar Animation Studios
• Toy Story-based projects, Forky Asks a Question animated short series, and Lamp Life short film.

National Geographic
The World According to Jeff Goldblum documentary series that 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 that takes viewers behind the scenes with animal-care experts, veterinarians, and biologists at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Epcot’s SeaBase aquarium.

Disney Television Animation
The Phineas and Ferb Movie (working title) animated film featuring many of the original voice cast.

These titles will join previously announced originals including The Mandalorian, the first scripted live-action Star Wars series; a new season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, High School Musical: The Musical, the untitled Cassian Andor series starring Diego Luna and Alan Tudyk; the Marvel Studios series Loki starring Tom Hiddleston; Monsters at Work, Diary of a Female President, and the live-action films Lady and the Tramp, Noelle, Togo, Timmy Failure, and Stargirl.

Previously announced non-fiction series include Be Our Chef, Cinema Relics: Iconic Art of the Movies (working title), Earthkeepers (working title), Encore!, the untitled Walt Disney Imagineering documentary series, Marvel’s 616, Marvel’s Hero Project, (Re)Connect, Rogue Trip, and Shop Class (working title).

Disney also announced that all 30 seasons of The Simpsons will be available on Disney+ from day, one and said the first year will include “family-friendly Fox titles” like The Sound of Music, The Princess Bride, and Malcolm in the Middle.

In all, Disney+ will provide access to more than 7,500 television episodes and 500 films, including blockbuster hits from 2019 and beyond. Following its U.S debut, Disney plans to expand the service globally with the goal of being in nearly all major regions of the world within two years.

You can register your email and be kept up to date on the service at DisneyPlus.com.

Watch Disney’s Investor Day 2019 webcast here.


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