Disney names its streaming service Disney+; the Netflix competitior will launch late next year

Disney names its streaming service Disney+; the Netflix competitior will launch late next year
In August of 2017, Disney announced that it would take on Netflix and offer streamed video content through a mobile app. Today, we've learned a little more about this streaming video app. It will be called Disney+; the name was revealed by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, who mentioned it yesterday during a live audio conference call for the firm's fiscal fourth quarter and full year fiscal 2018 earnings.

According to Iger, the service will launch in the U.S. during late 2019. Additionally, the executive said that Lucasfilm will produce a second live action Star Wars series for Disney+. This series will be based on the adventures of Rebel spy Cassian Andor and will take place during the creation of the Rebellion. The action will take place prior to the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. 

Disney+ will also feature a live-action series based on a character from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Tom Hiddleston will star as Loki, the God of Mischief in this new series, which is being developed by Marvel Studios. Other new programs based on Pixar’s Monsters Inc. and Disney Channel’s High School Musical will also be streamed on Disney+.

You can also give Disney your email address so that the entertainment giant can keep you up to date on the progress of Disney+. To do so, click on this link.

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7 Comments

1. notfair

Posts: 720; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

the supreme overlord is hungry for moare money.

2. yonith

Posts: 226; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

I’m not so sure people wanna dish out for more than 2 streaming packages. Hulu and Netflix is usually it. I bet a lot of these Disney exclusive shows will just end up getting pirated.

3. TBomb

Posts: 1394; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I for sure don't want to subscribe to a cable package (or SlingTV,etc), netflix, hulu, and another service.. Before you know it, cable will be gone and we will have to pay $10/month directly to the channels we want. FX already has a commercial free service available for people to buy into. Got kids? That's $20/month for Nick and Disney. Want sports? Another $10/month. Want TBS? Another $10. Fox will be another $10.

4. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1036; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Well Fox and Disney will both be part of Disney+ However I use Hulu w/ TV for 40 and Philo (Partnered service between Discovery and Viacom) for 16 and that covers most every channel I need, only lacks the NFL Network which I can watch for free on my phone My friend pays for multi-screen Netflix. Problem solved

6. TBomb

Posts: 1394; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

My understanding is that Disney will have exclusive content to Disney+ so no amount of channels will have that content. Not familiar with Philo so I will have to look into that.

7. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1036; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

I'm interested to see what Disney does with Hulu, Seeing as with the FOX acquisition they will receive a majority share. Right now it's 30% Disney, 30% FOX, 30% Comcast, 10% TimeWarner. Hopefully they don't meddle with it and just use Disney+ as a Netflix type streaming service with more of a backlog of films and shows and new original content

5. Rigmaster

Posts: 234; Member since: Jan 22, 2018

What this picture really reveals is that every choice has a price/cost. Next will be per show/movie. Ultimately that greed will hurt the networks, cable providers, and other distributors because it will put the distribution down to the creator level. Just like music now often comes directly from artist distribution or at least without major record company markups, so to will this form of entertainment. It's just the the broad consumer market will be broken down into much smaller niches.

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