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Disney+ Details Revealed: Price, Release, and Catalog
Yesterday, Disney revealed all (or at least) most of the details we’ve all been wondering about its upcoming streaming service. First, the important stuff: It’s going to cost $6.99 a month and will be available starting November 12th. You can also opt to pay $69.99 per year, which basically gets you two months for free. Solid.
Pricing has been the biggest question, with speculation ranging across the board (and often on the high side), so to see it come in at seven bucks a month is a pleasant surprise. Disney’s Chairman of direct-to-consumer division also said that it’s “likely” Disney will offer a bundle with Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ for a lower price. That price, however, wasn’t revealed.
Now, let’s talk about content. As expected, you’ll get tons of content from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and NatGeo. There will be 100 theatrical Disney movies ready to stream on day one, along with over 7,500 episodes from current and past Disney Channel TV shows. 25 original series and ten original movies will also be available immediately. By year five, the content catalog is expected to grow to upwards of 10,000 episodes and over 500 theatrical movies. There was also a surprise tucked in there: all 30 seasons of The Simpsons will be available on Disney+, as well. That’s so much Simpsons.
While we’re at it, it’s probably worth talking a bit more about the original content. For starters, we already know that Falcon and Winter Soldier are getting spinoff shows, and it’s rumored that Loki and Hawkeye will also be getting shows. It’s no surprise that Disney is going to go all-in on the Marvel stuff…especially after ripping it away from Netflix in a way that I’m still salty about. I already miss Punisher and Daredevil.
But I digress. There’s also another big moneymaker in the Disney portfolio: Star Wars. The Mandalorian will be available on a day one release on Disney+, and a new season of The Clone Wars is currently in production for the service. Beyond the Star Wars universe, a live-action version of Lady & the Tramp is coming to the service, along with lots of original NatGeo content.
While price and content are the most important parts here, there’s also the question is where—as in which devices will get access to the platform. Disney briefly showed off all compatible: smart TVs, mobile devices (phones and tablets), Roku, Chromecast, Apple TV, PlayStation 4, Xbox, and of course, the web. According to 9to5Google, the service may also make its way to Android TV. That…pretty much covers the gamut.
So there you are, and there you go: everything we know so far about Disney+, which is pretty much everything. It’s coming in at a great price out of the gate, though I fully expect the price to inflate as the catalog grows. Still, $6.99 is pretty much couch money, especially for the amount (and quality) of the content you’ll end up with.