Disney’s new streaming service could reshape the way we watch our favourite films and TV shows
As well as owning half of the film industry, Disney are about to take the fight to Netflix and Amazon in the world of online streaming.
When is Disney+ launching?
Disney+ is set to launch in the US on November 12, 2019, with the live-action Star Wars TV show, The Mandalorian, among the service’s first exclusive programmes and the MCU’s Captain Marvel is expected to be one of the first movies to be exclusive to the streaming service as well.
The streaming service will continue its rollout across the globe with the UK and Western Europe launch of Disney+ expected to come sometime in 2020.
There is no definitive date for the launch of the streaming service yet, but news of that is expected to be revealed in the foreseeable future.
What content will Disney+ have?
As well as the aforementioned Mandalorian TV show and Captain Marvel, all of Disney’s 2019 (and beyond) film releases will hit the streaming service before anywhere else.
It’s also reportedly planned that that some time after launch, Disney will be adding its entire motion picture library to the service, making it the go-to service for all things Disney.
What can really set the service apart though, is the fact that Disney also owns Marvel and Star Wars, two of the biggest franchises in history, so expect to see plenty of movies from the MCU and a galaxy far, far away on Disney+ too.
On the subject of Star Wars, Disney+ will also be the exclusive home of Star Wars’ animated series, The Clone Wars, which is set to return for a final series on Disney+ later this year.
How much will Disney+ cost?
It has been announced that Disney+, once it launches in the US, will cost a very reasonable $6.99 per month. There is no news yet as to the pricing structure for the UK and other countries as of yet.
What does Disney+ mean for Netflix?
Disney have already set plans in motion for its content on Netflix and other platforms to be removed in order to build up its exclusive library on Disney+.
While original Disney content will slowly make its way over to Disney+, Marvel’s Netflix TV shows, such as Daredevil and Jessica Jones, remain in limbo for the time being.
Netflix have cancelled their Marvel TV shows and, according to CNet, Disney are unable to pick the shows up themselves until 2020 at the earliest as part of their deal with Netflix.
On the whole however, losing Disney content from the streaming service will surely make Netflix a less attractive option for some users, which could see some customers make the switch to Disney+.
However, the increased competition from Disney, and a reportedly lower asking price, could mean that Netflix are forced into a price drop to keep its customers from leaving, but that’s only speculation at this point.
Are you excited for the release of Disney+ or are you apprehensive about having another monthly subscription to pay?