Disney+ will combine offerings from powerhouse brands including Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars with content from Hulu and sports network ESPN.
Though much more pronounced, the jump was also reminiscent of Disney's immediate rise in late 2017, when it first announced it would acquire most the assets of Twenty-First Century Fox (NASDAQ: FOX)(NASDAQ: FOXA).
Marvel Studios is also working on animated series "What If", based on a past Marvel Comics series that featured out-of-continuity stories with unusual team-ups or alternate versions of previous tales. It will be available on a lengthy list of mobile devices, smart TVs, and gaming consoles.
After all, at just $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year - or just above half the $13 per month Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) is now charging for its most popular plan - it's obvious the House of Mouse wants consumers to view Disney+ as a relative bargain to other video-streaming services when it launches this November. I love the idea of Marvel expanding their characters with series so we can see more of our favorites in a new context and not be limited to their few lines in a movie (Bucky Barnes, for example, has not even had 1 hour of combined screen time in the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, so ... this will be fun).
Disney plans to make the streaming service available in all major regions of the world within two years.
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Of course, it certainly won't hurt that Disney can now supplement its studio, parks and resorts, media networks, and consumer products segments with Fox's portfolio of film and TV franchises, notably including Deadpool, Avatar, X-Men, Fantastic Four, This Is Us, Modern Family, The Simpsons, and (as Iger noted) National Geographic.
As for the user experience, Disney promises that Disney+ subscribers will be able to create customer profiles and receive personalized experiences curated to their own unique tastes.
Other original content will include the National Geographic docuseries The World According to Jeff Goldbum; Monsters at Work, an animated spinoff of Monsters, Inc.; Be Our Chef, a Disney-themed cooking competition program; and Lady and the Tramp, a retelling of the 1955 animated classic.
You'll also be able to download content that you can access offline when you're not connected to data or wifi.
But now movies that came out in 2019, and going forward, will be streamed only on Disney Plus. You can see that slide below. Will you be signing up?