Disney+ streaming service will launch in the US on November 12 with a slate of exclusive TV shows and movies from some of the world’s most popular entertainment franchises.
The service will debut in the United States, but the company said it “plans to be in nearly all major regions of the world within the next two years.”
At a cost of $US7 monthly or $US70 annually it will feature Disney films and TV shows, plus programming from the Marvel superhero universe, the Star Wars galaxy, Pixar animation and the National Geographic channel. Amongst that library will be a live-action Star Wars series called The Mandalorian, a show focused on Marvel movie villain Loki, and animated Monsters at Work, inspired by Pixar’s “Monsters Inc.”
All content will be downloadable so that it can be watched offline.
Additional originals on the platform will include a High School Musical series and a live-action film remake of Lady and the Tramp.
Disney recently purchased film and TV assets from Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century FOX. That will see The Simpsons stream exclusively through Disney+. Other FOX titles on Disney+ will include The Sound of Music, The Princess Bride and Malcolm in the Middle.
Disney had been supplying new to Netflix after their runs in cinemas but ended that arrangement this year to feed its own streaming ambitions.
The company is also forecasting it will have between 60 million and 90 million subscribers by the end of 2024. One-third of those subscribers will be domestic and two-thirds will be international, the company said.
In Australia Disney content was recently added to Stan, although not as an exclusive deal given content remains with Foxtel.