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The Walt Disney Company has officially announced that its highly anticipated OTT will launch in the US at a cheaper price than Netflix and will “rapidly expand globally”. In addition it also welcomed The Simpsons and unveiled new shows.
After The Walt Disney Company expanded on its non-scripted content offering for streaming platform Disney+, the media giant also used its Investor Day in California to officially announce every detail regarding its newest venture.
First, its release date: Disney+ will officially launch in the US on November 12 for a monthly US$ 6.99 subscription.
Thrilled to share a first look at Disney+ with you! pic.twitter.com/iiqjFjaNra— Robert Iger (@RobertIger) April 11, 2019
“After is US debut, Disney+ will rapidly expand globally with plans to be in nearly all major regions of the world within the next two years,” explained the company.
The new platform will also offer an annual subscription for US$ 69.99 a month, which equals US$ 5.83 a month.
With these prices, Disney+ is taking the competition to Netflix, which currently offers its standard subscription for US$ 12.99 a month in the US, practically twice as much as Disney.
“This is our first serious foray in this space, and we want to reach as many people as possible with it,” answered Bob Iger, President and CEO of Disney, when asked about the low price.
What’s Coming 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,” mentioned Iger to investors.
And with that, he unveiled more new shows coming to Disney+.
As explained before, the service, which will be available on Smart TVs and mobile devices, will offer the combined catalogues of Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic.
On its first year alone, Disney+ will launch more than 25 shows and 10 original movies, in addition to documentaries and specials from some of “the most prolific creators on the industry.”
Some of the titles include:
From Marvel Studios: The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, a live-action series with Anthony Mackie as Falcon and Sebastian as Winter Soldier; WandaVision another live-action series with Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff and Paul Bettany as The Vision; and Marvel’s What If…?, the first animated series from Marvel Studios inspired on the comic books of the same name.
From Walt Disney Animation Studios: Into the Unknown: Making Frozen 2, a documentary series showing the hard work and imagination that go into making one of the most highly anticipated Walt Disney Animation Studios features of all time.
From Pixar Animation Studios: Forky Asks a Question and short-form projects based on the Toy Story universe.
From National Geographic: docu-series The World According to Jeff Goldblum, and Magic of the Animal Kingdom.
From Disney Television Animation: The Phineas and Ferb Movie (working title), an animated movie that will include many of the show’s original characters.
These all join previously announced originals like The Mandalorian, the world’s first scripted live-action Star Wars series; the exclusive new season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars; High School Musical: The Musical: The Series; the untitled Cassian Andor series staring Diego Luna and Alan Tudyk; and the Marvel Studios’ series Loki starring Tom Hiddleston; as well as series Monsters at Work and Diary of a Female President.
In addition, Disney+ will premiere live-action movies Lady and the Tramp, Noelle, Togo, Timmy Failure and Stargirl.
And there’s also non-fiction series announced this week, which include Be Our Chef, Cinema Relics: Iconic Art of the Movies (working title), Earthkeepers (working title), Encore!, Untitled Walt Disney Imagineering Documentary Series, Marvel’s 616, Marvel’s Hero Project, (Re)Connect, Rogue Trip and Shop Class (working title).
In addition, Disney+ announced that all 30 seasons of The Simpsons will be available on the service on day one.
Also in the service’s first year, audiences will have access to family-friendly Fox titles like The Sound of Music, The Princess Bride and Malcolm in the Middle as part of an impressive collection of more than 7,500 television episodes and 500 films including blockbuster hits from 2019 and beyond.
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