Disney released the details and launch date of what will likely become the biggest competitor to Netflix and Hulu in their own streaming service.
The biggest competitor in movie and television streaming is about to emerge with Disney going head-to-head with Netflix and Hulu as it launches its own, exclusive streaming service. Disney CEO Bob Iger recently released details of what can be expected in this new service, as well as the projected launch date.
While it might be a bit frustrating to some as this trend of launching exclusive streaming services seems to be gaining steam (as opposed to the old way of having big outlets like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime be the home for everything), with the amount of the entertainment world that Disney owns, this streaming service is basically a must-have for everyone. As Variety reports, the acquisition of several Fox film and television assets along with some licensing deals that are wrapping up, Disney plans to have their streaming service ready for launch by the end of 2019.
Users can expect to find some recent theatrical releases like Captain Marvel and the live-action remake of Dumbo (both releasing in March of 2019), as well as some original programming for the streaming service like Anna Kendrick’s upcoming holiday film Noelle and a High School Musical series.
However, users should not expect the Disney streamer to have all of Disney’s extensive back catalog from the jump. As Iger explained, it will take time for Disney to get everything on their exclusive service, especially since many properties, like every Star Wars film released prior to the streamer’s launch, still have distribution deals with other outlets. The price will reflect this smaller catalog, and Iger said it will likely be cheaper than Netflix initially.
And while it will take time for the streamer to fill its back catalog, the long-term plan is to make the streaming service the one-stop shop for all things under the Disney brand (which seems to be just about everything in entertainment these days). It will provide a home for films post-theatrical release, older, beloved television series, and original programming for fans of all ages. There’s no word on a timeline beyond initial rollout, but come 2019, this definitely seems like one streaming service you might not be able to live without.