We recently wrote about the fact that both Apple and Disney are rolling out new streaming services in 2019. Since we published that, Disney held an investor briefing on April 11 that answered a lot of our questions including when it will be available and how much it will cost. Disney+ will be an ad-free streaming service launching on November 12th in the U.S.
Initially you’ll be able to stream Disney+ for $7 per month or $70 for an annual subscription. That’s less than half the cost of HBO Now and significantly less than Netflix’s $13 per month.
Remember everything that Disney owns includes the recently added Fox Studios, adding to a content-rich stable that includes Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, and even National Geographic.
Disney also owns a majority of Hulu as well as the recently launched ESPN+ service, so speculation is that all three may be bundled at a discount.
In its development, Disney+ is already up-and-running on Roku TVs and the PlayStation 4 while images in the presentation suggest it will also be available via Chromecast, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV, but Disney hasn’t confirmed which devices will be supported. It’s likely that this subscription-based service will be widely available on all platforms.
Disney+ will indeed be able to stream 4K, but how much and which titles have not been specified. It also remains a question how many streams can run simultaneously on one account.
New content on Disney+ will rely heavily on the Marvel and Star Wars worlds. Specifically, you can see everything currently planned to be on Disney+ by clicking here.
As you can imagine, the arrival of Disney+ means all things Disney will either disappear from Netflix or never appear at all. Addressing its own investors concerns, Netflix recently said its original shows rank higher than the licensed content it buys from Disney.
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