Walt Disney Animation Studios • Into the Unknown: Making Frozen 2 documentary series showing the hard work and imagination that go into making one of Disney's most highly-anticipated features. Disney dropped a ton of information about the service on yesterday's investors call. Disney+ will launch in the U.S. in November, priced at $6.99 a month (Netflix's most popular plan is $10.99), followed by rapid global expansion.
Disney+ will combine offerings from powerhouse brands including Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars with content from Hulu and sports network ESPN.
Like Netflix, Disney Plus will be free of ads.
"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".
Disney said it would include all 30 seasons of "The Simpsons", family-friendly titles like "The Sound of Music,"and "Malcolm in the Middle" and its forthcoming "space opera "series "The Mandalorian".
Disney+ will launch "with a robust library of theatrical and television content" and will release more than 25 original series and 10 original films, documentaries and specials in its first year, according to the company.
Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige also announced the What If? animated series. Each episode will explore a pivotal moment from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and turn it on its head, leading the audience into uncharted territory.
Marvel’s ‘What If?’ Disney+ Series Will Find Peggy Carter Taking the Super Soldier Serum
Disney+ will feature hundreds of titles from not only Disney, but other brands they own such as Pixar, Marvel, Lucas Film, and their newest acquisition 21st Century Fox which includes National Geographic.
"Magic of the Animal Kingdom", a series that takes a look at how keepers take care of the wildlife at Disney's Animal Kingdom and EPCOT's SeaBase aquarium, available year one.
Of this first batch of announcements, I'm most excited about What If? "We're buying more movie-making capability", etc.
Disney stressed plans to use its coveted content, and original creations to come, to differentiate itself in the increasingly competitive streaming television market. Users will have the ability to create custom provides where they'll receive personalized recommendations based on past experiences and preferences. A monthly subscription will cost $6.99. An unprecedented amount of content will also be available to fans for offline viewing. Following its U.S debut, Disney plans to expand the service globally with the goal of being in almost all major regions of the world within two years.
What do you think of the big reveal?
Netflix has until now shown a clean pair of heels to all-comers, but is facing a much stiffer test as the Hollywood studios pull their content to boost their own planned rival streaming services.
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