Disney+ Streaming Service Will Come to Consoles Later This Year

Disney+ Streaming Service Will Come to Consoles Later This Year

Disney+ Streaming Service Will Come to Consoles Later This Year

BURBANK, Calif. - The Walt Disney Company today presented an extensive overview of its comprehensive direct-to-consumer strategy, including presentations on Hulu, Hotstar, ESPN+, and the upcoming Disney+ service at its highly-anticipated Investor Day, which took place on the Company's studio lot.

The service will launch November 12, with subscriptions available for $6.99 a month or $69.99 a year, making it the exclusive streaming home of franchises like Star Wars, Pixar, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, The Simpsons, and more. At launch, Disney+ will include 7,500 episodes, 25 original series, 400 library movie titles, and 100 recent theatrical films releases, according to Agnes Chu, senior vice president, Content, Disney+. There will also be a new Lady & The Tramp live-action movie, and more than 5,000 episodes of Disney Channel TV shows.

The entire Disney Signature Collection, featuring films like Snow White, Beauty and the Beast, and Cinderella, will be available at launch. Netflix and Amazon allow you to download some content for offline viewing, but Disney+ is going to let you download any and all content from the service so you can watch on road trips, airplanes, or tragic times when the wi-fi goes down. Disney CEO Iger says that all Disney movies will be available to be exclusively streamed on Disney+.

Disney will also contend with a new streaming service from Apple, which is expected to be released in the fall. For that price, customers will get access to content from the Star Wars universe, Marvel, Pixar, Disney, and National Geographic.

In a January regulatory filing, Disney reported losses of more than US$1 billion for streaming-related investments in Hulu and technology company BAMtech. Another portion of the presentation was dedicated to Hotstar, the India-based streaming company that Disney now owns thanks to the Fox acquisition and that had more than 300 million monthly active users in March. "We are thrilled to announce that Disney+ will become the streaming video home for the show, with the first 30 seasons available at launch", the e-mail states.

Executives said they see opportunities to take its ESPN+ sport streaming video service to Latin America and are looking into worldwide expansion of its Hulu streaming video business, which offers movies and shows targeted to adults. Projects already in the works include a Monsters Inc. spin-off series, a The Sandlot TV series, and many new Marvel projects. The company also recently acquired 21st Century Fox, which means it can now develop content based on such franchises as Avatar, The Simpsons and the X-Men.

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