Published Apr 12, 2019Disney has long been teasing its own streaming service, and the media giant finally unveiled some details about Disney+ this week.
The streaming service will launch in the United States on November 12, starting at a cost of $6.99 USD per month.
As expected, Disney+ will rely heavily on a foundation of its own original content — including the Star Wars and Marvel Universe franchises, Disney and Pixar productions, and National Geographic Channel programming.
That will deal a major blow to competitor Netflix, which previously acquired the rights to Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm projects back in 2016.
In its first year, the service will debut more than 25 original series and 10 original films, documentaries and specials, including Marvel projects The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, WandaVision and Marvel's What If…?; Disney's Into the Unknown: Making Frozen 2 and The Phineas and Ferb Movie; Pixar shorts Forky Asks a Question and Lamp Life; and National Geographic's The World According to Jeff Goldblum and Magic of the Animal Kingdom.
In addition to the new original content, subscribers will also have access to Fox classics like The Sound of Music, The Princess Bride and Malcolm in the Middle — and all 30 seasons of The Simpsons.
In its first year alone, this all amounts to 25 original series, 10 original films and specials, 500 films, and 7,500 episodes of current a past TV shows, according to Disney.
"Disney+ marks a bold step forward in an exciting new era for our company — one in which consumers will have a direct connection to the incredible array of creative content that is the Walt Disney Company's hallmark," CEO and chairman Bob Iger said in Burbank, CA. "We are confident that the combination of our unrivaled storytelling, beloved brands, iconic franchises, and cutting-edge technology will make Disney+ a standout in the marketplace, and deliver significant value for consumers and shareholders alike."
See a video preview of Disney+ here.
Information about Canadian launch dates, content availability or pricing for Disney+ has not yet been announced.