July 3, 2019
Disney Streaming Service: Here’s What You Need to Know about Disney Plus

On November 12th, Disney will throw its hat into the on-demand/streaming ring when it officially launches the Disney streaming service Disney+ in the US.

Since last November, we have known the name of the service and that it would be launching toward the end of 2019, but in April, we learned that the date has been set.

Disney fans, Marvel fans, Star Wars fans (and pretty much fans of everything – Disney is winning the long game of monopoly) collectively held their breath and are now eagerly crossing the days off their calendars. Below, we’ll tell you all there is to know about the upcoming Disney streaming service and what to expect from it.

So, What Do We Know about Disney+?

We will use the preview website as a starter. Unfortunately, it’s sparse and more for marketing than relaying actual information, as you can see below.

Image courtesy of Disney

You can choose whether to be kept up to date with any new information, but seriously, why would you? You’ve got us for all your Disney Plus information.

Back in April, Bob Iger tweeted this, giving some insight into the user interface:

Image Source: Robert Iger on Twitter

We know that Disney ended its 2016 deal with Netflix and has already started pulling content from Netflix in preparation. By the end of 2020, no Disney-owned content will be available to stream on Netflix and all new content will only be available on Disney+.

Disney Streaming Service: Price

I know what you’re thinking: How am I supposed to afford another $10 a month on top of Netflix ($9 for their basic SD package), Prime ($12.99 for their standard package, which does include 2-day shipping amongst other benefits), Hulu ($11.99 for their standard package without ads) and many others?

Well, Disney+ will be launched with the price of $6.99.

I’ll wait while you pick up your jaw from the floor.

There, that’s better; where was I? Oh yes!

At $6.99, Disney+ will be the lowest priced streaming service on the market (and with arguably the best and most content, but we’ll get to that later).

Who Can Get Disney Plus?

At the moment, all we know is that the Disney streaming service will launch in the US on the 12th of November. The rest of the world will get it within 2 years of that date, beginning with Western Europe and the Asia-Pacific regions.

What Will Happen to Disney Life?

To readers who are unfamiliar, Disney Life is a streaming service set up by Disney in 2015, and it is exclusive to the UK. It is essentially a trial version of what Disney+ will eventually be, except without all the original content and Fox shows (I know, we’ll get to the content soon). Now, the question is, what is Disney going to do with Disney Life?

As I see it, there are two options:

  1. Nothing. Just leave it as it is and have two separate streaming services with the same content. This could be problematic in terms of promoting and marketing.
  2. Rebrand it as Disney Plus. This seems like the best option and probably the most likely. Everything will stay the same, just under a different name.

Something for Disney to think about, I’m sure.

Disney Streaming Service Content

To those of you who just scrolled to this section because you’re only interested in the pie and not the ingredients that make said pie, then you’re out of luck because I have decided to skip this section.


Seriously, there’s nothing here…amscray! Skidaddle!


Still there? Okay then, I suppose I can talk a little bit about all the fantastic new, classic, and original content that will be available…you twisted my arm.

With Disney owning nearly everything from your childhood, the wealth of TV shows and films they can draw from is vast. A few shows have been announced.

1. The Falcon and The Winter Soldier (2020)

Image courtesy of Disney

Not much is known about this series other than the man behind hit TV show Empire, Malcolm Spellman, is attached as a writer/producer. Also, along with Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie who reprise their titular characters, Daniel Bruhl will return as Zemo and Emily VanCamp is back as Peggy’s granddaughter, Sharon Carter.

With this series officially being part of the MCU, it will be very interesting which direction they will take this in…one to keep your eyes on.

2. The Mandalorian (available at launch)

Image courtesy of Disney

The first ever live-action Star Wars series comes exclusively to Disney+ in the form of The Mandalorian. Set after the fall of the Empire – about 5 years after Return of the Jedi – and just before the emergence of the First Order, the story follows a lone gunfighter on his travels in the outer galaxy, beyond the reach of the New Republic.

Jon Favreau is the brainchild behind the series and also serves as a producer. Pedro Pascal of Game of Thrones and Narcos fame will play the titular character, alongside a varied cast including Giancarlo Esposito (Gus Fring, Breaking Bad & Better Call Saul), Carl Weathers (Apollo Creed, Rocky series) and Taika Waititi (Korg/director, Thor: Ragnarok), who will also serve as director for an episode.

As a gigantic Star Wars fan, these are exciting times!

3. WandaVision (mid-to-late 2020)

Image courtesy of Disney

Yes, you guessed it, Vision and Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff) are getting their own spin-off as well, with both Paul Bettany and Elizabeth Olsen reprising their roles.

Not much is known about the script or the plot, but rumors circulating are just about confirming that the show will be set and take place in the 1950s.

Which makes sense (SPOILERS AHEAD) as Vision never recovered after Thanos ripped the Mind Stone from his head. As the months tick by, I expect more information to be released.

4. Loki (2020/2021)

One of the MCU’s most beloved characters – even if he is a trickster and hell-bent on world/s domination – is getting his own TV show.

Michael Waldron (writer/producer of the upcoming season of Rick and Morty, amongst other works) is rumored to be serving as the show’s creator and executive producer, as well as writing the first episode. Nothing is known about the plot, although a still concept image released at an investor day leaves me full of intrigue.

Image Source: Fandom on Twitter

From here, it looks like Loki is sauntering through what looks like Times Square in the 1970s, as is evident from the fact that we can see Jaws being shown at the cinema behind him.

Again, like WandaVision, more information will be released as the launch gets closer.

5. The Simpsons (available at launch)

With Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox, many fans were left salivating at the possibility of Wolverine and the Fantastic 4 entering the MCU. But what I am even more excited for is my favorite show being available with the launch of Disney+.

Image Source: Disney on Twitter

Springfield’s favorite dysfunctional family will be exclusively available to stream from launch date. Yep, you heard me right. The longest running sitcom in TV history will have all 30 seasons for you to binge on. God… there are weeks I’ll never get back, oh well!

Along with the ones I have highlighted here, there is a plethora of other varied content. 7,000 TV episodes from hundreds of shows and approximately 500 movies will be available at launch, and Disney wants to add to that within a year of launching to accommodate the estimated 90 million subscribers in the first year.

Conclusion

Disney has really thrown their hat in the streaming ring with the Disney streaming service, and I think it will probably have the likes of Netflix and Amazon a little worried.

The fact that Disney has monopolized a large chunk of Hollywood means that its content will attract tons of people from all walks of life…I mean, it will be the only place to stream Marvel shows and films, as well as exclusive Disney movies and shows.

I myself am super-excited and cannot wait for November 12th to get here.

One to look out for in my opinion is the new Muppets series being developed by Disney favorite Josh Gad (Olaf in Frozen & Lefou in Beauty and the Beast) and screenwriter and producer Adam Horowitz (Once Upon a Time).

If that doesn’t turn you into “that Philip J. Fry meme” then I give up…but I know, if you’re like me, you’ll have the launch date marked in your calendar already.

For more information on the Disney streaming service Disney Plus, make sure to follow us on our social media, where we’ll be keeping you updated.

Phil Knopp

Contributor

From Skywalkers to superheroes; from a Gunslinger to Gollum; From a time travelling police box to a time travelling delorean, my obsession with everything fantastical and geeky began when I was around 6, aboard the USS Enterprise, with Captain Jean-Luc Picard at the helm.

Now, being 6 seems like a lifetime ago, and a lot has changed in my life but my love for all things geeky remains a constant.

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