Disney CEO Bob Iger announced interesting new details about their Netflix competitor on Thursday.
Last month the Mouse announced that they’d be pulling all of their movies from Netflix and starting their own digital streaming service in late 2019*. The news was met with equal parts cringe and joy: Ugh, another service to pay for. Yaaaas, all of Disney’s stuff in one place.
And now it’s starting to sound even better: Speaking at an investor conference this morning, Bob Iger confirmed that Marvel and Lucasfilm movies (and Pixar, Disney Animation) will be under the same service, amping up the library of content significantly.
Furthermore, Disney-flix (our name for it) will be producing “4-5 original movies annually,” plus Disney Channel will “make 4-5 original series” and “original TV movies” every year, according to a Wall Street Journal reporter who heard Iger’s remarks.
Exclusive content may be one of the biggest selling points of the service and suggests how serious Disney is about making the project worth people’s money.
CBS’s streaming service All Access used a similar strategy to drive success. In addition to including every CBS show known to man, All Access is the home of The Good Wife spinoff The Good Fight as well as their new Star Trek series Discovery. You can’t watch either of these on traditional TV.
Other streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon also offer their own library of original content. Apple is reportedly looking to significantly amp up their originals as well.
Goodbye, money. ?
*Until then, new Disney movies will still be released on Netflix, per the two company’s recent deal. The live-action Beauty and the Beast hits Netflix later this month.