The House of Mouse is entering the arms race of the streaming world
OMG ANOTHER STREAMING SERVICE?
Before you go screaming to loved ones, complaining how your life is already consumed by too many streaming services, heavyweight favourite Disney aka The House of Mouse have thrown a massive spanner in the mix.
Late last year, Disney confirmed plans to launch a streaming service, titled Disney+ (or Disney Plus) to host their ridiculous collection of movies and TV shows.
If you’re wondering what the significance of Disney’s forthcoming soiree into the streaming world means for you, then you’ve come to the right place.
So what is Disney Plus?
Disney Plus is the official name for the Disney streaming service that was first announced to the public back in August 2017.
It will house the movies and TV shows across all of Disney’s brands. That includes its main Disney brand, Pixar animated movies, and its Marvel Studios and Star Wars properties.
It’s widely considered that Disney Plus will strive to compete directly with services like Netflix, Stan, Amazon Prime Video, as well as the upcoming streaming venture from Apple.
What content will Disney Plus have?
Disney Plus will include content from the Disney brand itself, Pixar animated movies like Toy Story and The Incredibles, as well as Marvel Studios superhero movies and some of its Star Wars content.
In addition to it's impressive library of content, Disney seems to be going all out to develop original and exclusive TV shows and movies for Disney Plus.
Here’s a quick look at the original films and TV shows that are in production, or have already been completed ahead of the Disney Plus launch.
Disney Plus original TV shows
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars - A continuation to the cult-favorite animated TV series set in between Star Wars: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
- The Mandalorian - 10-episode live-action TV series based in the Star Wars universe and centering on an unnamed Mandalorian
- Star Wars: Rogue One prequel series - TV show that centers on rebel spy Cassian Andor, played by Diego Luna, before the events of Rogue One
- Untitled Loki series - TV show based on Loki, the popular Marvel Studios supervillain. Actor Tom Hiddleston will reprise the role for the series.
- High School Musical - A reboot of the popular Disney Channel movie series
- Monsters Inc - TV show based on the universe of Pixar’s Monsters Inc and Monsters University animated films
Disney Plus original films
- Noelle - Christmas movie starring Anna Kendrick as the daughter of Santa Claus
- Timmy Failure - Based on the popular children’s book series of the same name
- Stargirl - A movie based on the young adult novel of the same name
- Togo - Based on the real-life story of a sled dog, Togo, and his master who have to transport a diphtheria serum to Nome, Alaska in 1925
Will older Disney content be available on Disney Plus?
Although Disney has historically had a strict vault program, it’s widely expected this will end this with the launch of Disney Plus, with CEO Bob Iger stating that soon after Disney Plus launches, the service “will house the entire Disney motion picture library“.
Does this mean an end to Disney content on Stan/Netflix?
Disney stripped back the majority of it's content from Netflix Australia in 2018, and it's expected by the end of 2019, that all Disney affiliated content (including Marvel series) will be removed from the streaming heavyweight.
Since 2016, Netflix has been the go to place to watch Disney content. In fact, the two most watched movies of 2017 and the top three movies of 2016 and 2018 were Disney titles.
Although Disney recently signed a content deal with Stan that has seen a range of Disney classics added to Stan, it's unclear what the implications of a Disney Plus launch would mean for Stan's new content deal.
When will Disney Plus be released?
Disney have not confirmed any specifics, other than a vague late 2019 release timeframe. Disney Plus will launch first in the United States, with an expected global release to follow, meaning 2020 would likely be the year Disney Plus touches down in Australia.
It’s widely expected the cost of Disney Plus will be lower than Netflix, as the Disney streaming service won’t have as much content as its biggest competitor at launch.
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