Disney reveals all about its new streaming service set to rival Netflix | Buzz.ie
The Walt Disney Company have delivered more details about its highly-anticipated new streaming service Disney+.
The service was teased out during a marathon presentation at the company’s annual Investor Day in Burbank, California on Thursday at which Disney announced some of its forthcoming projects as well as details about the service itself.
Disney+ will essentially be the home of all of the company’s numerous franchises, including Pixar, Star Wars, and Marvel, as well as National Geographic, all of which will have their own landing pages on the platform.
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The service will launch in the US market on November 12 and will initially cost $6.99 (€6.20) per month – making good on a promise made last year that Disney+ will cost less per month than one of its major competitors, Netflix.
At launch, Disney+ will include 7,500 episodes of current and off-air TV shows; 25 original series and 10 original movies and specials; 400 library movie titles; and 100 recent theatrical films releases, according to Agnes Chu, senior VP of content, Disney+.
It will also include the forthcoming Star Wars spin-off series The Mandalorian , two Toy Story -based projects (titled Forky Asks a Question and Lamp Life ), the documentary series The World According to Jeff Goldblum, and exclusive rights to all 30 seasons of The Simpsons which Disney obtained through the acquisition of 21st Century Fox.
Five years after its launch, the company expects to have an annual production slate of some 50 originals, Chu said.
“Disney+ marks a bold step forward in an exciting new era for our company—one in which consumers will have a direct connection to the incredible array of creative content that is The Walt Disney Company’s hallmark,” Disney chairman and chief executive officer Bob Iger said.
“We are confident that the combination of our unrivalled storytelling, beloved brands, iconic franchises, and cutting-edge technology will make Disney+ a standout in the marketplace, and deliver significant value for consumers and shareholders alike.”
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Disney+ will be an ad-free service, supported solely by subscription fees and will be available on the web, game consoles, smart TVs and connected streaming devices, including Roku and PlayStation 4.
After debuting in the US later this year, Disney says that the plan will then be for Disney+ to “rapidly expand globally”, with plans for the service to be available in “nearly all major regions of the world” within two years.
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