An overview of Disney’s streaming service coming November 12
With ever quickly changing trends, Disney continues to successfully position itself in the entertainment media industry. Well over a year ago, the company announced plans to launch its own streaming service for its many movie and TV properties, called Disney Plus (or Disney+). It will compete directly with services like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video and upcoming ventures like Apple’s streaming TV service – Apple TV+.
Disney+ will be the home for loads of exclusive movies and TV series features that will include new Pixar, Marvel Studios, Star Wars and National Geographic content.
Disney+ will launch first in the U.S. on November 12, at a rate of $6.99 a month or $69.99 for an annual subscription. Disney+ can also be bundled with Hulu and ESPN Plus for consumers in the U.S. The price for getting all three streaming services will be $12.99 a month and it will be available on the same day as the Disney+ launch.
Disney+ will also launch in Canada and the Netherlands on November 12, while those in Australia and New Zealand will see the service launch a week later on November 19. Disney+ will expand to every major market worldwide within two years after its launch.
Disney+ will be available on a wide variety of platforms devices when it launches. Here’s a list of what’s been confirmed:
- iOS, including the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices
- Apple TV set-top boxes, including integration with the new Apple TV app, which will allow customers to sign up for the service inside the app
- Android, including Android-based phones and tablets (specific OS version not yet revealed)
- Android TV-based devices
- Google Chromecast and devices that have Chromecast built-in
- Microsoft Xbox One game consoles
- Sony Playstation 4 game consoles
- Roku, including all Roku sticks and set-top boxes and TVs that have the Roku OS installed
- PC desktop web browsers (currently unannounced)
The interface will allow users to create up to seven custom individual profiles so that kids can see the shows and movies they are interested in, while parents can see their preferred content.
Disney+ will also support 4K streaming for movies and TV shows that support it. The service will support streaming for up to 10 devices at once, with up to four concurrent streams at once.
Disney has confirmed that all of the Pixar and Star Wars films will be available on Disney+ within the first year of its launch. It will also include nearly all of the Marvel Studios superhero movies and will include TV shows from the National Geographic Channel. Classic content from The Disney Channel will also be shown on Disney+, from Duck Tales to Hannah Montana, with thousands of episodes and over 100 movies.
There will also be unique insider content, such as One Day at Disney starting on the service December 3. This will be a feature-length documentary that will look at the lives of Disney employees around the world, and was filmed during one day on the job, February 21, 2019. After the feature film is released, Disney+ will show a One Day at Disney short every week, and each will focus on just one employee within the Walt Disney company.
Many other original films and TV shows are in production now, such as:
- Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Candace Against the Universe – A new animated movie based on the classic Disney Channel series.
- Monsters at Work – A TV show based on the universe of Pixar’s Monsters Inc and Monsters University animated films.
- Forky Asks A Question – A series of shorts featuring Forky, the new character from Toy Story 4.
- Muppets Now – A new series of shorts featuring the Muppets characters.
- Lizzie McGuire – This is a sequel series to the popular Disney Channel teen comedy show, with Hillary Duff reprising her role as the title character, who is now 30 years old.
Disney will also launch a number of non-scripted TV shows, such as:
- Earthkeepers – A look at people dedicated to preserving endangered animals.
- An untitled Imagineering series – A show that looks at the history of Walt Disney’s Imagineering division.
- Into the Unknown: Making Frozen 2 – A series that goes behind the scenes of the creation of the upcoming CGI movie sequel.
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