When Is Disney +, the New Streaming Site, Supposed to Launch?

Disney is ready to come for Netflix and Hulu. For quite some time, the beloved company has been talking about its new streaming service, Disney +. They’ve already set things in motion to begin preparing to launch the site. Recently, Disney ended their partnership with Netflix which means no new Disney, Pixar, or Marvel releases will be available on the beloved streaming platform. There has also been a ton of news about the original films and TV shows that Disney plans to release on Disney +. But when is the new streaming site supposed to launch?

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When is Disney + supposed to launch?

There is no exact launch date for Disney + just yet, but we do know that Walt Disney Company CEO, Bob Iger confirmed that the high-profile streaming service is coming by the end of 2019. Iger explained, “What we’re basically trying to do here is invest in our future. The moves the company has made are all designed so that long-term this business will become an important part of Disney’s bottom line.” He also revealed that the streaming service is the company’s “biggest priority” for 2019

This works well for us because every film coming out after Captain Marvel’s March 8, 2019 release date including the live-action versions of The Lion KingAladdinDumbo and Avengers: End Game won’t be available on Netflix.

How much will Disney + cost?

With Netflix’s raising their rates and Hulu dropping rates, we’re going to take a wild guess and say that Disney +’s prices are going to fall somewhere in the middle. In 2017, Iger explained that Disney +’s price will reflect the “fact that it will have substantially less volume” than Netflix.

Will Disney + have its own original content?

Disney + will have its own original content in addition to the stuff comes out in theaters. So far, they are working on a live-action TV series focused on the Marvel character, Loki starring Tom Hiddleston, a possible Scarlet Witch series starring Elizabeth Olsen, an animated Monsters, Inc. series, a live-action Lady and the Tramp remake, and a 10-episode series, Diary of a Female President, about a 12-year-old Cuban-American girl, among many others.

What will happen to all of the Disney titles that are already on Netflix?

Like most of the Marvel series that were on Netflix, nearly all of the Disney titles will disappear from the streaming service and move to Disney +. However, canceled series like Daredevil, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist could be resurrected on the new streaming platform in 2020.

Is there a Disney/Hulu partnership in the works?

Though Amazon Video and Hulu are also getting bigger — Netflix will be Disney +’s biggest competior. Luckily, Disney already has something in the works with Hulu. Disney will control Hulu after its takeover of 21st Century Fox. The company’s strategy is to make Disney+ their family-friendly platform where you can stream Disney’s theatrically released movies including everything from Pixar, Star Wars and National Geographic.

On the other hand, Hulu will serve as the subscription service for adult-oriented content with an edgier tone, ie, The Handmaid’s Tale.

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