Unless you have been living on a different planet altogether, you probably have heard about Disney. The entertainment behemoth is now venturing in the subscription-based online streaming service business.
The new streaming service will directly compete with the well-established streaming giants like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu to name a few. And they are already pouring in some serious cash into some original shows. “The Mandalorian” will be undoubtedly one of the most expensive shows in history, with a budget of a whopping $15 million per episode.
Disney Plus (Disney +) is a streaming service which will include a great deal of content in its library. Movies, web series, cartoons, you name it and it is already there.
Back at Comic-Con, which took place just last month, the President of the Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige, told us about the integration of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the original series on Disney Plus.
It will host an enormous amount of content from Disney’s own production house as well as from ESPN Plus, National Geographic and Fox. This is the same reason why many top-grossing movies will be unavailable on Netflix in the near future. If you take the top three movies of 2018, two of them were Disney titles.
The release date entirely depends on what part of Earth you live. In the North American continent, the service will launch on November 12 later this year. The company’s big-budget pictures are all set to hit the theatres post-launch, so it is wise of Disney to get all that money back on its own platform.
If you take a look at other parts of the world, Disney expects to roll out in phases over a course of two years with various regions looking at a launch date of October this year and some in October 2020.
Since Disney Plus intends to capture every aspect of entertaining consumers, it will work on a range of devices including but not limited to smartphones, tablets, PC’s, Smart TVs and numerous media boxes. Playstation 4 and support for Roku TVs is something the company specifically called out for.
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Back in April, during a presentation, an investor pointed out support for Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV, but no official announcement has been made as of now.
However, the platform will support streaming 4K and HDR content, but it is still unclear which titles will be available. The question of whether a customer has to pay extra for the higher quality content still remains a mystery.
According to Disney, its subscribers will get an “unprecedented amount of content for offline viewing.” No information on the maximum number of simultaneous users for one account is yet released.
It is expected that the service will cost you somewhere around $7 per month. If you prefer a yearly plan, the price comes down to $70. If you happen to be a Hulu user, which is also owned by Disney (partly), the company said it will offer you a discount.
Disney Plus Content Timeline
Disney Plus plans to catalogue a huge range of content including but not limited to numerous TV Shows and Movies and even some originals (like Netflix and Amazon Prime). The entertainment giant plans on bringing some of the content it has offered on Netflix and other streaming services over the year to its own platform as well.
This means that Netflix will no longer be the place to host all those latest and greatest Disney movies. Since Disney also owns Marvel, it goes without saying that all Marvel movies will be eventually making the transition as well.
At launch, the platform will be home to over 300 movies. Disney is really taking this seriously and plans to expand its reach to every corner of the globe, increasing the count to 500 movies within a year of launch.
Below is a list of what TV shows and movies Disney will offer at launch and thereafter.
Available from November 12:
Only 4 Marvel movies will be available for streaming when the service launches later this year. These include:
Iron Man 3
Thor: The Dark World
Avengers: Endgame, the last and latest entrant in the Marvel cinematic universe will be available from December 11.
The Star Wars franchise will be available on the platform right from the start including the old trilogies: The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
Apart from the old movies, Disney Plus will also include The Force Awakens and the Rogue One in its library.
Not only that, but the platform will also be the home to binge-watch all Pixar movies. The only exception will be Toy Story 4.
Shows available at launch:
Forky Asks A Question
Marvel’s Hero Project
High School Musical: The Musical: The Series
The World According to Jeff Goldblum
Untitled Walt Disney Imagineering Documentary Series
Lady and The Tramp will be the one and only original movie available on launch. The movie is basically a reboot of the 1955 classic.
Titles available within a year:
The entertainment giant will slowly take ownership of its existing films and expand the library to include 8 more Marvel movies:
Antman and the Wasp
Avengers: Infinity War
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Iron Man 2
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Star Wars series will also add The Last Jedi, Solo and the Rise if Skywalker in the upcoming months with Toy Story 4 finally making its way completing the Pixar lineup.
Disney is already working hard on a number of original shows. The first year will bring the following originals to the platform:
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier
Monsters at Work
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Be Our Chef
Into the Unknown: Making Frozen 2
Diary of a Female President
Magic of Animal Kingdom
Cinema Relics: Iconic Art of the Movies
Apart from this huge list of original shows, Disney will be launching 5 original movies under a year:
The Phineas and Ferb Movie
Year two will rapidly expand the amount of content, with several original shows already underway:
Ink & Paint
Cassian Andor Series (currently untitled)
Marvel’s What If…?
If you are wondering which movies will be available right off the start, here is an official list from Disney which according to them are library highlights:
A Bug’s Life
A Goofy Movie
An Extremely Goofy Movie
Big Hero 6
Born in China
Fun and Fancy Free
High School Musical
Honey I Shrunk the Kids
Lady and the Tramp
Lilo & Stitch
Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers
Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Pixar Short Films Collection Vol 1
Remember the Titans
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones
Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope
Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens
The Good Dinosaur
The Little Mermaid
The Parent Trap (1961)
The Prince & The Pauper (1990)
The Princess Diaries
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (short)
The Sword in the Stone
The Three Caballeros
Thor: The Dark World
Highlighted TV shows available from November 12:
Andi Mack (seasons one-three)
Boy Meets World
Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan
Dr. K’s Exotic Animals
Dr. Oakley Yukon Vet
Drain the Ocean
DuckTales (2016, season one)
Howie Mandel’s Animals Doing Things
Malcolm in the Middle
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (animated series)
Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man (animated series)
Mickey and the Roadster Racers (seasons one and two)
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
Mickey Mouse Shorts
One Strange Rock
Rocky Mountain Animal Rescue
Star Wars Rebels
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (series)
That’s So Raven
The Incredible Dr. Pol
Unlikely Animal Friends
Since Disney also owns 21st Century Fox, some of the titles will also be making its way. However, there are certain legalities which need to be sorted out. In a span of just five years, Disney plans to include over 50 series and include 10 movies with every year passing by. The platform will be one of the biggest streaming services in the world with the number of episodes expected to go beyond 10,000 with more than 700 films available for streaming.
Since the amount of content available at the launch will be way less than what the competition has to offer, the pricing seems quite decent. Although Disney may increase the pricing once it adds some original content and expands its library.
What shows and movies do you want on Disney Plus? Do you look forward to the new streaming service? Let us know in the comment section below!