In August 2017, Disney announced that it would be pulling all of its movies from Netflix (including Marvel and Pixar films). The news seemed like a devastating blow to binge-watchers everywhere—until the company announced it would be creating its own Disney streaming service instead. The service’s launch is still a few months away, but here’s what we know so far.
The platform will officially be called (drumroll please) Disney+.
According to The Verge, Disney is pulling its movies from Netflix at the end of 2018, but the new streaming platform won’t launch until the end of 2019 (Marvel TV shows will remain on Netflix, fyi). Disney has yet to announce a price for the service, but we do know that Disney+ will reportedly be cheaper than Netflix.
In terms of content, Variety reported that the new platform will mostly focus on distributing already-existing Disney entertainment, though there will be some original content released on the service as well. Disney chairman-CEO Bob Iger told Variety that the service will be “the biggest priority of the company during calendar [year] 2019.”
According to CNET, content exclusive to the service will include a new season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Marvel movies (beginning with Captain Marvel in 2019), and new TV series based on High School Musical and Monsters Inc.
Even with Disney’s recent acquisition of Star Wars, it will take some time for the movies to transfer to the streaming platform. In 2016, Variety reported that Disney signed the cable rights for 10 Star Wars movies to Turner. The deal extends until at least 2022, so until then, you’ll be able to watch these films on TBS and TNT—but not the Disney streaming service.
Basically, if you’re a die-hard fan of Marvel movies or classic Disney, you probably can’t go wrong with Disney+. We’ll be keeping an eye out for more details.