Disney has officially announced the launch date and pricing for its long awaited streaming service, Disney+. The upcoming plans for Disney+ were first announced on Twitter Thursday evening, and during the Walt Disney Company’s Investor Day presentation, it was revealed that the service will be debut on November 12, 2019, at a price of $6.99 or a month, or $69.99 annually.
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Disney+ will launch will an incredibly robust library that includes every Pixar film and short, every Star Wars film, 13 Disney classic films, over 250 hours of content from NatGeo, 100 Disney Channel original movies, and 5,000 episodes of Disney Channel content. In the first year of the service’s launch, Disney will make more than 7,500 episodes and 500 films from their library available for streaming, as well as downloading for access to content when offline.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirmed the news from Disney’s Twitter, that the three previously reported on live-action Marvel series are coming: WandaVision; starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier; starring Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan, and Loki; starring Tom Hiddleston. The Falcon and The Winter Soldier is currently slated to be released first, within the first year of Disney+’s launch.
Perhaps most exciting of all is the news that Alan Tudyk will be teaming with Diego Luna for a new show based on Cassian Andor. That is until you find out that Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian, the first ever live-action Star Wars series, will be premiering on Disney+ at launch.
Three new films are coming within the first year: Timmy Failure; a new original film directed by Academy Award winner Tom McCarthy, Stargirl; based on the New York Times best selling book of the same name, and Togo; a new original film starring Willem Dafoe that “tells the real-life tale of a man and his lead sled dog’s incredible journey through the Alaskan tundra.”
“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. We are confident that the combination of our unrivaled storytelling, beloved brands, iconic franchises, and cutting-edge technology will make Disney+ a standout in the marketplace, and deliver significant value for consumers and shareholders alike,” said Walt Disney Company CEO, Bob Iger.
Disney announced yet another ace up their sleeve by revealing that all 30 seasons of The Simpons will be available exclusively on Disney+, and in addition to that, all new and future episodes will also be Disney+ exclusives. That’s over 660 episodes from one of the longest running animated series available on day one.
“We’re extremely excited about our growing portfolio of direct-to-consumer offerings. As we demonstrated today, with Disney+ we will deliver extraordinary entertainment in innovative ways to audiences around the world,” said Kevin Mayer, Walt Disney Company chairman. “We’ll continue to enhance the user experience with a constant pipeline of high-quality programming, making the service even more appealing to consumers.”
Disney+ will launch in the US on November 12, 2019 and become available to most major regions of the world within the next two years.