Disney’s streaming service officially called Disney Play

Disney’s streaming service officially called Disney Play

0 comments 📅27 August 2018, 17:12


It was a year ago that Disney revealed plans to launch their own streaming service. Now, over at Variety, a few new details have emerged on what we can expect as Disney attempts to compete with the likes of Netflix and Amazon.

Disney’s streaming service will be called Disney Play and is set to roll out late next year. Disney chairman and CEO, Robert A. Iger, has called the planned launch, “the biggest priority of the company during calendar [year] 2019.”

With Netflix having amassed over 130 million subscribers around the world, Disney will need some hot exclusives should they want a slice of that Direct TV audience. When Disney initially announced their service it was not known if films and shows from Marvel and Lucasfilm will be removed from other platforms. Especially since Disney currently receives $300 million in annual revenue from Netflix by having its content on their platform. Add to that Disney’s acquisition of Fox in December 2017 and the rights to their films and TV shows too.

At the moment, Disney has no intention of suddenly pulling their films and TV shows (nor Fox’s films and TV shows) from other streaming services straight away. Especially since Disney currently already has existing deals in place with Netflix and various TV networks, and bowing out of those would be costly. But these deals will soon come to an end.

Earlier this month the New York Times reported that Ant-Man and the Wasp will be the final Disney blockbuster to play on Netflix. From 2019, Captain Marvel will be the first Disney film to view exclusively on Disney Play. This also means that upcoming films such as Toy Story 4, Frozen 2, and the new re-imagining of Dumbo and The Lion King will be found only on Disney Play.

Disney is also developing TV shows exclusive to its service, including a series based on High School Musical, Monster’s Inc and there’s also Jon Favreau’s very expensive live action Star Wars series. There will also be original films, with Timmy Failure, also in development, based on Stephen Pastisis’ series of books of an 11-year-old boy detective.

However, Marvel’s Netflix series such as Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and The Defenders will remain on Netflix.

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