Disney’s Streaming Service Has a Release Date
Disney is set to get a slice of the streaming pie from Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon. Disney+ (pronounced “Disney plus”) will launch later this year (see the exact date below) in the United States. Disney+ will roll out original content and also allow users to stream Disney favorites of the past. Keep reading to get all the details on Disney’s forthcoming streaming service.
Will Disney+ cost less than Netflix?
Yes, Disney+ will cost less than a Netflix subscription. The streaming service will cost $6.99, the company announced at Disney’s 2019 Investor Day, according to Variety. Currently, a Netflix subscription costs $12.99. What’s Disney’s reasoning for pricing themselves well below Netflix? “This is our first serious foray in this space, and we want to reach as many people as possible with it,” Bob Iger, Disney chairman and CEO said.
Making the cost even more of a draw for potential customers is the option U.S. users have for an annual plan. Instead of a monthly rate, subscribers can opt to use the annual plan, costing them $69.99 a year, which works out to $5.83 a month.
Disney+ will be an ad-free streaming service, just like Netflix. As for Hulu’s rates, they charge $5.99 per month for limited commercial viewing and $11.99 per month for no commercials.
When will Disney+ launch?
The company released many of the details surrounding their new subscription at their 2019 Investor Day, including the launch date. Disney+ will launch in the U.S. on Nov. 12, 2019, just in time for the holiday season. Get ready to hunker down for some serious binge-watching after learning what will be available on Disney+.
What will be on Disney+?
Not sure if Disney+ is worth the price? Consider what Disney has said will be in their catalog of content. The entertainment giant has stated that after one year, Disney+ will have the following, according to Agnes Chu, senior VP of content, Disney+, via Variety.
- 7,500 episodes of current/off-air TV shows
- 25 original series
- 10 original movies/specials
- 400 library movie titles
- 100 movies recently released in theaters
For big fans of The Simpsons, the cost of the service may be worth it to access the entire series library. Disney obtained the rights to all 30 seasons when they acquired 21st Century Fox. In time, Disney projects to increase the number of streaming options for subscribers.
Expect to find new theatrical releases exclusively on Disney+ following their run in theaters. Some of the films expected to be on the streaming service are Captain Marvel, Toy Story 4, Dumbo, Avengers: Endgame, Frozen II, the 2019 versions of Aladdin and The Lion King, Star Wars: Episode IX, and Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.
There’s no denying the sheer amount of content that will be available on Disney+ but one question remains. Do people want to pay for yet another streaming service or have another subscription? We’ll get an answer when Disney+ becomes available on Nov. 12, 2019.