Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon may be streaming giants, but can even they stand up to the combined might of the Avengers, the Galactic Empire, and... Olaf? Nope, we didn't think so either, but we'll find out for sure when Disney launches its new streaming service, which will be going head-to-head with them and bring with it a massive programming counter-punch. And if you're wondering what this service is all about, you've come to the right place — scroll down to get all of your Disney streaming service questions answered!
What is the Disney streaming service's name?
For a brief time reports claimed that the service would be called "Disney Play," but that has actually been labeled false from the Mouse House. Expect to hear the official title in the very near future.
What is the price of the Disney streaming service?
Less than Netflix — that much we know. While that service charges subscribers between $8 and $14 a month, Disney's cost will be lower than that, part of the reason for which comes from the fact that much of its content will come from within the company's deep library (more on that in a moment!).
What TV shows are included on the Disney streaming service?
For starters, let's remember that besides Disney-related product, the company is also the owner of Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and the Muppets — which means that there is an opportunity for a ton of original content. As the head of Disney, Bob Iger, told Variety, "We have the luxury of programming this product with programs from those brands or derived from those brands, which obviously creates a demand and gives us the ability to not necessarily be in the volume game, but to be in the quality game."
At this stage, we know that there is both a live-action and animated Star Wars television series in the works. The former will be Season 7 of the previously-cancelled The Clone Wars, while the latter (details of which haven't been released) will consist of a 10-episode first season budgeted at $100 million. Jon Favreau, director of Iron Man and the live-action Jungle Book will be guiding it. While speaking to the New York Times, he commented, "Star Wars is a big world, and Disney’s new streaming service affords a wonderful opportunity to tell stories that stretch out over multiple chapters."
On the Marvel side of things, while we haven't heard any specifics, there are going to be original live action and animated series based on the company's huge library of characters. It is expected that, should they continue, Netflix shows Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, Daredevil, and The Punisher will eventually make their way to Disney's service.
Also reported earlier this year are High Fidelity, the romantic comedy drama that was made into a film in 2000 and starred John Cusack; a TV series based on the High School Musical franchise; a comedy-drama from the Mighty Ducks, an animated Monsters, Inc., and a show based on the Muppets.
What movies are included on the Disney streaming service?
Don't look for any of your recent favorites... yet. Prior to deciding to launch their own service, Disney had licensed many of their films out to other streaming services. When those contracts run out, the only place you'll be able to find them is on Disney. At the same time, beginning with any films released in 2019 and beyond, once they're out of theaters, the streaming service is the only place to watch them. Next year's roster of films from the studio includes Marvel's Captain Marvel, the live action Dumbo from director Tim Burton, Aladdin, and The Lion King; Pixar's Toy Story 4 (yay!), Avengers 4, Spider-Man: Far From Home, Artemis Fowl, Frozen 2, and Star Wars: Episode IX.
The service will have the original movie Timmy Failure, based on the best-selling books about a boy detective, which will have a $45 million budget; plus there will be a number of originals and they'll be reaching into their library for a number of remakes. Reportedly we're going to get 3 Men and a Baby, Don Quixote, Father of the Bride, Flora & Ulysses, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids; Lady and the Tramp, Magic Camp, Noelle, The Paper Magician, The Parent Trap, Stargirl, The Sword in the Stone, and Togo.
How will the acquisition of 20th Century Fox impact on the Disney streaming service?
As has been widely reported, Disney has purchased 20th Century Fox, which can only mean good things for their streaming service. There will be a whole other library of content in terms of TV shows and movies to feature, plus the opportunity to create new series/films based on properties like X-Men, Planet of the Apes, Deadpool, Die Hard and many more.
When will the Disney streaming service be released?
Disney seems pretty confident that the service will be launched no later than the latter part of 2019, though obviously hope is high that it can get started sooner.