Disney+ to Launch in November, Sets Pricing and Content
Disney announced the pricing structure for the company’s Disney+ streaming service late Thursday night. The new subscription plan will launch on November 12th domestically and will cost $69/year or $5.83/month. The pricing makes Disney+ less expensive than Netflix, which just raised its prices locally to $9/month for the basic service and $13/month for the HD service. The Disney+ subscription service will offer content from Disney, Pixar, Star Wars, Marvel Studios, The Simpsons, National Geographic, and much more.
“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. We are confident that the combination of our unrivaled 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,” Disney‘s Mr. Iger said.
During today’s presentation, Disney offered the first look at the Disney+ offering. In addition to its library of theatrical and television content, in its first year, Disney+ will release more than 25 original series and 10 original films, documentaries, and specials.
From Marvel, fans can look forward to “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier,” a live-action series with Anthony Mackie returning as Falcon and Sebastian Stan reprising his role as Winter Soldier. There’s also “WandaVision” a live-action series with Elizabeth Olsen returning as Wanda Maximoff and Paul Bettany reprising his role as The Vision. An animated series called “Marvel’s What If…?,” takes inspiration from the comic books of the same name and is also launching on the service. In the animated series, each episode will explore a pivotal moment from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and turn it on its head, leading the audience into uncharted territory.
Walt Disney Animation Studios will release “Into the Unknown: Making Frozen 2,” a documentary series showing the hard work and imagination that went into making the big sequel. PIXAR is adding “Forky Asks a Question,” an animated short series and “Lamp Life” short film.
“The World According to Jeff Goldblum” documentary series is on tap from National Geographic. In the series, Jeff pulls back the curtain on a seemingly familiar object to reveal a world of astonishing connections, fascinating science, and a whole lot of big ideas. “Magic of the Animal Kingdom” is another documentary series which takes viewers behind the scenes with the highly respected animal-care experts, veterinarians, and biologists at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Epcot’s SeaBase aquarium.
“The Phineas and Ferb Movie” (working title) is an animated film featuring many of the original voice cast, but Disney+ did not confirm a premiere date at this time.
These titles join the previously announced scripted originals including “The Mandalorian,” the world’s first scripted live-action Star Wars series, the exclusive new season of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,” the untitled Cassian Andor series starring Diego Luna and Alan Tudyk, the Marvel Studios series “Loki” starring Tom Hiddleston, “Monsters at Work,” “Diary of a Female President,” and live-action films “Lady and the Tramp,” “Noelle,” “Togo,” Timmy Failure” and “Stargirl.”
In Nonfiction, the shows announced earlier this week include “Be Our Chef,” “Cinema Relics: Iconic Art of the Movies (wt),” “Earthkeepers (wt),” “Encore!,” the untitled Walt Disney Imagineering documentary series, “Marvel’s 616,” “Marvel’s Hero Project,” “(Re)Connect,” “Rogue Trip,” and “Shop Class (wt).”
Additionally, Disney+ announced that all 30 seasons of “The Simpsons” will be available on the service on day one. In year one, audiences will also have access to family-friendly Fox titles like “The Sound of Music,” “The Princess Bride,” and “Malcolm in the Middle.” This content will join an impressive collection of more than 7,500 television episodes and 500 films including blockbuster hits from 2019 and beyond.
“We’re extremely excited about our growing portfolio of direct-to-consumer offerings. As we demonstrated today, with Disney+ we will deliver extraordinary entertainment in innovative ways to audiences around the world,” said Mr. Mayer. “We’ll continue to enhance the user experience with a constant pipeline of high-quality programming, making the service even more appealing to consumers.”
Disney+ Subscribers will have the ability to create custom profiles with each receiving personalized experiences curated to their unique tastes based on past behaviors and preferred content.
The Disney+ service will be available on a wide range of mobile and connected TV devices, including gaming consoles, streaming media players, and smart TVs, and will adjust to the best possible high definition viewing experience based on a subscriber’s available bandwidth, with support for up to 4K HDR video playback. Fans will also have access to an unprecedented amount of content for offline viewing.
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