Looks like streaming services are the way of the future. For a while, Netflix had a stranglehold on the market, but with how easy it is now a days to view series and films on smart televisions, computers, phones and tablets it was only a matter of time before the rest of the entertainment world caught up with their own services like Amazon Prime, Hulu, WWE Network and DC Universe. The latest streaming service that will be joining the party will be Disney+, which after months of speculation, we finally have a release date and price.
Today at inside Stage 2 on Disney’s Burbank campus, it was revealed that Disney+ will launch on November 12th of this year and will be available for $6.99 per month or $69.99 for the year. This information comes via The Hollywood Reporter. At launch, the streaming service will include 18 Pixar films, 13 animated classics that had been put away in the Disney vault, all the Star Wars films, Black Panther and Captain Marvel, 250 hours of National Geographic programming, 100 Disney Channel Original Movies and nine exclusive originals. If that wasn’t enough it will also be the exclusive new home for the entire 660 episode plus library of the newly acquired The Simpsons. Quite the value there right?
Disney+ is made to be an international product that will also roll out in North America, Western Europe and parts of Asia in early 2020 and in additional territories through 2021. There will probably be bundles with its other products ESPN+ and Hulu and it is designed to be an ad-free subscription service.
This event today was meant to showcase the reasons why Disney had given up millions in Netflix licensing revenue and paid out $71 billion for the 21st Century Fox assets. Just The Simpsons library alone had the possibility to have generated millions, maybe even billions if they had sold that asset to a third party. A lot of money is being spent as it was also revealed that they are investing a little over $1 billion in exclusive originals in fiscal 2020. This money is being spent on series like Star Wars’ The Mandalorian, the animated Marvel series What If and the live action version of the Disney classic Lady and the Tramp.
Well it looks like I’ll be paying for yet another streaming service this fall. What do you guys thing about the price point and will you be subscribing? Let us know in the comment section below!
Disney+ will launch on November 12th, 2019.
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter