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 create 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 New York Times, Disney+ will launch on November 12th, 2019, and will cost $6.99/month. It also looks like the platform will operate similarly to Netflix in several ways; specifically, subscribers can set up multiple user profiles, and Disney+ will recommend content to you based on your specific viewing history. You’ll also be able to add content to a queue, and Disney says that its studio movies will be available on the streaming platform as soon as they are available for home release. Some suspect that Disney will also eventually bundle Disney+, ESPN+, and Hulu into a competitive package.
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 even more details.