Disney+ Streaming Service Updates
In 2017, Disney surprised everyone with the announcement that they will be pulling their shows from Netflix and similar sites. Not long afterward, it was revealed that they’d be establishing their own video service—Disney+.
For many months, fans were left wondering about Disney+. Would it offer original content? What would be the price point? The answers were given earlier this month at Disney’s 2019 Investor Day event, which was attended by CEO and chairman, Bob Iger.
Thinking of subscribing to Disney+ when it comes out? Want to know more about the streaming service? If so, be sure to keep reading—we’ll be going over 5 newly learnt facts below!
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6 Things to Know About the New Disney+ Streaming Service
1. It Will Be Released In the Fall
The subscription VOD service will be released in the United States on November 12, 2019. From there, Disney will roll it out to the rest of North America—including Canada. According to reports, this will be done in the fourth quarter of 2019.
Once it has launched in North America, Disney will roll out the service to Asia-Pacific regions and Western Europe; this will presumably continue until early 2020. Latin America and Eastern Europe will eventually be included by the end of 2020.
2. It Will Offer Thousands of TV Shows, Specials, and Films
Disney+ will be offering 7,500 episodes of TV shows—both current and off-air titles—within one year of its launch. There will also be original content, including series, movies, and specials. By year five, the company hopes to have an annual production of 50 original titles.
That’s not all—they will also be releasing 100 of their recent theatrical films on the site, though it has not been revealed which ones. For those who are curious, yes, Pixar movies will also be available.
3. It Will Cost $6.99 Per Month
Disney+ will be priced at $6.99 per month. In other words, it will be less expensive than Netflix’s basic plan, which costs $9 per month. Similarly, it will also be more affordable than Amazon Prime membership.
Interestingly enough, however, its price point means that it will cost more than Hulu’s cheapest option, which goes for $5.99 per month. (For those of you who don’t know, Disney owns 60% of Hulu).
For now, it’s hard to say whether or not the company will be increasing the cost in the future. It wouldn’t be surprising if they did, though. After all, they plan on producing dozens of original titles, which would cost money.
4. It Will Be Family Friendly
Disney+ will be geared toward a family audience. In other words, the site and its contents will be 100% kid-friendly. This means that there won’t be any R-rated titles on the site.
Unfortunately, this also means that many of Fox’s popular shows will not be available on the streaming service (Disney acquired the company earlier this year). After all, most of their titles are meant for an older audience.
With that said, some classics will be available including The Simpsons and Malcolm in the Middle.
5. You’ll Be Able to Watch Star Wars and Marvel Titles
Will Disney+ offer Star Wars and Marvel titles? This question has floated around ever since the streaming service was first announced.
The answer is yes. The popular blockbusters will be available for streaming on Disney+. In fact, the company has confirmed that all of the Star Wars movies will be available from day one.
This makes sense from a business perspective; the company plans on growing the franchises over the next several years after all. If anything, we can probably expect to see some original programmings set in the Marvel and Star wars universes in the near future.
6. It Will Come With Several Features
For starters, all of their shows and movies will be available in high-definition—including 4K HDR playback. With that said, the exact resolution will depend on your internet connection.
Speaking of which, you won’t actually need to be online in order to enjoy Disney+. Similar to Amazon Prime Video and Netflix, the service will have an offline viewing mode that will allow you to watch their titles even when you’re not connected to the web.
Last but not least, you’ll be able to set up individual profiles for each of your family members on the site. Want to restrict certain content? No problem—just use the parental controls.
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About The Guest Contributor: Gini has been a Disney fan for as long as she can remember. Enticed by the magic, she makes an effort to visit the parks at least once a year. When she isn’t planning her vacation, she enjoys playing with her five-year-old husky and working on her blog, Mickey Is Life.