Disney+ streaming service unveils price, November launch date

Disney+ streaming service unveils price, November launch date

The anticipated (or dreaded, depending on who you ask) Disney streaming service Disney+ has been officially detailed in an announcement today. Now titled Disney+, the service will give subscribers exclusive, ad-free access to highlights from the Disney vault, as well as original films and TV shows that won't be available anywhere else. Additionally, Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan were confirmed to return for the Falcon and Winter Soldier series. In its first year, Disney+ will launch more than 10 original movies and 25 original series and offer a library of 7,500 episodes of television as well as over 500 film titles, including recent and classic movies.

Disney (DIS.N) says its new streaming service, Disney+, will cost US$6.99 per month when it launches in the USA on November 12.

The studio will play show-and-tell with investors on Thursday, amid what promises to be a banner year for Disney at the box office - thanks to "Avengers", "Toy Story" and "Star Wars" sequels, as well as a new version of "The Lion King" - and a major theme-park expansion with the opening of Star Wars Land sure to lengthen queue lines this spring.

Disney's new paid streaming service, Disney+, is launching this November in the United States, and there will be quite a lot of content available right at the start. Disney+ will rapidly expand globally after its United States launch and expects to be in almost all major regions of the world within the next two years.

Disney will also contend with a new streaming service from Apple, which is expected to be released in the fall.

Disney+, which is Disney's first foray into direct-to-consumer streaming service, will debut exclusively in the USA sometime this fall. Everything won't be ready to watch on day one of Disney+, but there will be more than enough content available.

The Disney+ programming will draw in part from Disney's deep library of classic family films. There's also the matter of how to integrate Disney+ with its other streaming platforms, including ESPN+ and the studio's controlling stake in Hulu. Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy teased it as "a thrilling spy series set in the Star Wars universe", and she also promised that there are "several more live-action series in development".

Based on the Marvel comic books of the same, What If will be Marvel Studio's first animated series.

NatGeo will roll out 250+ hours worth of content at launch, including the 2019 Oscar and BAFTA Best Documentary victor Free Solo.

To bolster its potential digital portfolio, Disney recently purchased film and TV assets from Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox and gained prized properties such as Avatar.

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