In November 2018, Disney announced that it would launch its streaming service called Disney Plus. At the time, the mass media conglomerate revealed that its branded direct-to-consumer streaming service would be available around late 2019. Now more details about Disney Plus have been revealed.
Disney Plus will have its global launch on November 12. The streaming service will first start in the U.S., Canada, and the Netherlands. The service will be available in Australia and New Zealand on November 19.
Disney plans to launch the service globally over the next two years. Western Europe can expect the service to be available between October 2019 and March 2020. Those in the Asia Pacific region might be seeing the service starting October this year.
Those in Latin America and Eastern Europe might have to wait a little longer. Plans to roll out Disney Plus in these regions are set to start around October 2020.
The new Disney Plus streaming service is a paid subscription without any ads. It is being tagged as a competitor of streaming services such as HBO Now and Netflix. It’s also set to rival Apple TV Plus, which is yet to be launched as well.
The streaming platforms that would be supporting Disney Plus have also released. These include Google, Apple, Roku, Sony, and Microsoft. There is currently no mention of Amazon.
One of the most interesting details about Disney Plus is its price. In the U.S., users will have to pay $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year. The cost is half the price of HBO Now. It’s also cheaper than what Netflix is currently offering.
In Canada, the price per month is around $8.99 per month. Subscribers in the Netherlands and Australia are expected to pay around €6.99 and S8.99 per month respectively.
With their subscription, users can expect to get access to an extensive library of content from Disney and Fox. There will also be exclusive Disney Plus movies, documentaries, and TV shows.
When Disney Plus is launched in the U.S., people can subscribe to a bundle that includes other streaming services like Hulu and ESPN Plus. For $12.99, subscribers can have all three streaming services, compared to subscribing to each service individually, this bundle will give customers a $5 savings.
Before the November launch, Disney is committed to making sure that their new streaming service would have broader device support. It can be used on different Apple devices, as well as Roku and Android devices. Those who own game consoles like the Sony Playstation 4 and Xbox One would also be able to use Disney Plus.
Those who would be subscribing to Disney Plus can expect a variety of content. These would include Disney’s family-oriented offerings like their classic cartoon films. Apart from these, they can also watch content from National Geographic, Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm.
Disney Plus subscribers can also watch Fox content like 30 seasons of The Simpsons. In March of this year, Disney managed to buy Fox’s entertainment assets for $71.3 billion. With this acquisition, expect more Fox movies and TV shows to appear on the new Disney Plus streaming platform.
Once Disney Plus is launched, it would be the only platform where you can catch all of its theatrically released movies. This follows Disney’s decision to not renew its deal with Netflix. This includes the deal that made Netflix the first exclusive home of Disney films starting in 2016.
In August 2017, around the same time it announced the launch of its streaming service, Disney announced that it would be removing its movies from Netflix. Popular titles like Moana, Finding Dory, and The Jungle Book were removed from Netflix in 2018. Some movies from the Star Wars and Marvel franchises were also taken out last year. There are still some titles left on Netflix but their removal dates loom closer.
The streaming service will become very essential for Marvel fans around the world. Apart from theatrical releases featuring the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Disney plans to produce original shows based on the popular franchise. These shows will become tie-ins for the Marvel movies.
Details of the Disney Plus exclusive Marvel shows were first revealed at the San Diego Comic-Con last July.