When I heard Disney was planning to launch its own streaming service, I’ll admit I was a bit nervous about another big player boxing out the little guys. However, after Disney unveiled its plans for Disney+ at this years Disney’s Investor Day, I’m excited by the content and encouraged by the low price.
What is Disney Plus
Disney+ is a Disney owned OTT (over the top) subscription-based streaming service that will provide video-on-demand content from Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, National Geographic, and the recently aquired 20th Century Fox.
The name of the service it’s pronounced “Disney Plus,” but will be displayed “Disney+” on your streaming devices channel guide. Here are some of the important details about Disney’s upcoming Disney+ streaming.
Disney+ Release Date and Price
Disney+ will launch on November 12, 2019. It will offer direct-to-consumer
Disney+ will be available to stream through smart TVs, web browsers, mobile devices, and game consoles. It was also announced that Disney has already secured deals with Roku and Sony for availability on Roku streaming devices and PlayStation game consoles. Expect other streaming devices to be announced prior to the November launch of Disney+.
Kevin Mayer, chairman of Disney’s direct-to-consumer division, said Disney is likely to offer discounted pricing when bundling Disney+ with Hulu. (Disney has an ownership stake in Hulu.)
What Will Be On Disney+
Disney announced loads of original content being developed for the Disney+ streaming service. Here is a breakdown of when and what to expect from Disney+ when it comes to TV shows and movies.
Disney+ Newly Released Movies
Disney announced that once a Disney, Star Wars, or Marvel movie runs its course in the theater, it will exclusively be available on Disney+.
That means, you may want to consider subscribing to Disney+ if you want to watch any of the following once they go into their streaming release phase:
- Captain Marvel
- Avengers: Endgame
- Toy Story 4
- The Lion King
- Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
- Frozen 2
- Star Wars: Episode IX
Original TV Shows
Disney has an entire slate of TV shows it’s looking to release on Disney+ when it launches on November 12th. Here are some of the highlights.
I’ve been craving a Star Wars Bounty Hunter movie since I first saw Boba Fett in Empire Strikes Back when I was a kid. The Mandalorian TV series may be better than I wished for.
The 8 episode series will focus on a Mandalorian bounty hunter similar to Boba Fett. The timeline will take place about 5 years after the fall of The Empire in Return of the Jedi. It will be the first time we see this period of the Star Wars universe on screen.
The Mandalorian will be the first live-action Star Wars series and it is written and produced by Iron Man director Jon Favreau. This series will be available on launch of the Disney+ streaming service in November.
Disney could take my $6.99 per month on the movies and this series alone, but there is so much more that will be available.
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier
Anthony Mackie will return as Falcon and Sebastian Stan will reprise his role as Winter Soldier in the new Marvel Studios series. This show is planned to be released sometime in the first year after the service launches in November.
Untitled Cassian Andor Series
Diego Luna will reprise his role of rebel spy Cassian Andor from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The intended spy-thriller series will be set during the formative years of the Rebellion before the events of Rogue One.
The show will explore tales filled with espionage and daring missions to restore hope to a galaxy in the grip of a ruthless Empire. The best part about this series is Alan Tudyk will reprise his role as K-2SO.
Expect to see this series released within the first 2 years of the launch of Disney+.
Other Planned Series
There are loads of top-notch talent set to helm shows on the upcoming Disney+ service. Including:
Loki: Within two years of the launch of Disney+ Tom Hiddleston will reprise his role as Loki in a new Loki series.
WandaVision: Elizabeth Olsen will return as Wanda Maximoff and Paul Bettany will reprise his role as The Vision in the new Marvel Studios series. The Wanda and Vision series is expected within the first two years of the Disney+ service.
Monsters at Work: This animated series is set in Monsters Inc. and will follow Tylor Tuskmon, a monster mechanic working his way up the within the company. This is set to release in the first year.
Marvel’s What If…? This animated series slated for year 1 takes inspiration from the comic books of the same name. Each episode will explore a moment from the Marvel Cinematic Universe ask the question, “What if something else happened.”, leading the audience into a marvel reality they’ve never seen.
Disney+ Movie and TV Library
In addition to new move releases and original TV shows, Disney plans to have an on-demand streaming library of movies and TV Shows. This will include Disney owned and licensed content like The Simpsons
A Bug’s Life
A Goofy Movie
An Extremely Goofy Movie
Big Hero 6
Born in China
Fun and Fancy Free
High School Musical
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
Lady and the Tramp
Lilo & Stitch
Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers
Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Pixar Short Films Collection Vol 1
Remember the Titans
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones
Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope
Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 film)
The Good Dinosaur
The Little Mermaid
The Parent Trap (1961)
The Prince & The Pauper (1990)
The Princess Diaries
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (short)
The Sword in the Stone
The Three Caballeros
Thor: The Dark World
Andi Mack (seasons one–three)
Boy Meets World
Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan
Dr. K’s Exotic Animals
Dr. Oakley Yukon Vet
Drain the Ocean
DuckTales (2016, season one)
Howie Mandel’s Animals Doing Things
Malcolm in the Middle
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (animated series)
Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man (animated series)
Mickey and the Roadster Racers (seasons one and two)
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
Mickey Mouse Shorts
One Strange Rock
Rocky Mountain Animal Rescue
Star Wars Rebels
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 series)
That’s So Raven
The Incredible Dr. Pol
Unlikely Animal Friends
For everything announced on Disney+, check out this D23 guide.
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