It’s the question on every streaming platform and Disney fans’ lips: what’s next for the Disney+ streaming platform.
Disney announced its plans to launch the streaming service in 2017, which would host a suite of Disney series, movies and content.
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Disney owns Marvel, Pixar, Lucasfilm in addition to its own content – meaning it’s an imposing entrant to an already competitive streaming market. Then there’s Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox which brings with it hit programs like The Simpsons.
When will Disney+ launch?
It’s set to launch in the US on 12 November 2019, but it’s not yet confirmed where it will launch next. However, most experts predict it will launch internationally in mid-2020, with Disney saying the service will roll out over two years.
In recent days, however, speculation about the streaming service has reached fever pitch after CEO Bob Iger announced during Disney’s fiscal third-quarter conference call that the company would offer a bundled price for the three streaming services, Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu for US$12.99.
Customers who just want Disney+ can have it for US$6.99 a month.
Over in the US, that’s the same price customers pay for Netflix’s most popular plan.
What does that mean for Disney+ in Australia?
While it’s unconfirmed, reports in the Australian Financial Review suggest that Disney and Nine are considering a partnership.
Nine owns Australian platform, Stan, which also airs a selection of programs available on Hulu – although not all.
And, Stan already hosts a lot of Disney and Marvel content after making a deal last year.
Additionally, it’s not a major international competitor, so would seem to be a logical partnership.
What will be on Disney+?
Iger said Disney+ is the company’s priority at the moment, with Disney investing significantly in original content.
That means that in addition to its mega-catalogue, a suite of new live-action and animated series and movies will be coming to the platform.
There will be two original live-action Star Wars series, a Monsters, Inc. series and a High School Musical series.
Additionally, Marvel recently announced it would send The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, WandaVision, Loki, What If? and Hawkeye to Disney+ as series.
The Simpsons and film Captain Marvel will also be available on the service, in addition to the live-action Lady and the Tramp.
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