Disney+, promises guests a universe of magic, including original TV Shows and Movies of Disney, Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar, and National Geographic properties, for a monthly price of $6.99.
During today’s annual Investor Day, The Walt Disney Company provided brand-new details on their Direct-to-Consumer Strategy. Bob Iger, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Walt Disney Company, welcomed the investors with an overview of the presentation. “Disney+ marks a bold step forward in an exciting new era for our company—one in which consumers will have a direct connection to the incredible array of creative content that is The Walt Disney Company’s hallmark” Iger said, “We are confident that the combination of our unrivaled storytelling, beloved brands, iconic franchises, and cutting-edge technology will make Disney+ a standout in the marketplace, and deliver significant value for consumers and shareholders alike.”
Afterward, Iger passed the torch to Kevin Mayer, chairman of Direct-to-Consumer and International streaming service. Other notable presentations were emceed by Christine McCarthy, senior executive vice president, and chief financial officer; Lowell Singer, senior vice president, Investor Relations; Jimmy Pitaro, president, ESPN and co-chair, Disney Media Networks; Michael Paull, president, Disney Streaming Services; Randy Freer, chief executive officer, Hulu; Russell Wolff, executive vice president and general manager, ESPN+; Uday Shankar, president, The Walt Disney Company Asia Pacific and chairman, Star and Disney India; Ricky Strauss, president, Content and Marketing, Disney+; and Agnes Chu, senior vice president, Content, Disney+. Along with an official launch date of November 12, 2019, the Disney+ presentation provided further detail on the guest experience with the streaming service.
Disney+ will set out to provide its subscribers “a new way to experience the unparalleled content from the company’s iconic entertainment brands, including Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic,” according to the Walt Disney Company. The streaming service will be $6.99 per month, or an annual subscription or $69.99, with both payment plans resulting in an ad-free experience. Disney+ will be available on connected TV and mobile devices, with up to ten users of one account to stream different content.
On its launch in November, the streaming service will have 25 original TV series and 10 original movies. Such properties encompass Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic:
From Pixar Animation Studios:
- Toy Story-based projects Forky Asks a Question, an animated short series based on the new character from Toy Story 4, in theaters this summer
- Lamp Life, a short film
- Monsters at Work, a Monsters, Inc. sequel series taking place nine months after the events of the Pixar classic. Reprising their roles as Mike and Sulley are Billy Crystal and John Goodman. The series is set to debut in 2020.
From Walt Disney Animation Studios:
- Into the Unknown: Making Frozen 2, a documentary series showing the hard work and imagination that go into making one of the most highly anticipated Walt Disney Animation Studios features of all time
From Marvel Studios:
- The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, a live-action series with Anthony Mackie returning as Falcon and Sebastian Stan reprising his role as Winter Soldier
- WandaVision, a live-action series with Elizabeth Olsen returning as Wanda Maximoff and Paul Bettany reprising his role as The Vision
- Marvel’s What If…?, the first animated series from Marvel Studios and takes inspiration from the comic books of the same name. In this version, each episode will explore a pivotal moment from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and turn it on its head, leading the audience into uncharted territory.
- The Mandalorian, the first-ever scripted live-action series for Star Wars canon. Directed by John Favreau, the series takes place after the events of the original trilogy and before the events of Episode VII.
- Star Wars: Clone Wars – animated series received a long-awaited new season exclusively on the streaming service.
From National Geographic:
- The World According to Jeff Goldblum, a documentary series where Goldblum pulls back the curtain on a seemingly familiar object to reveal a world of astonishing connections, fascinating science and a whole lot of big ideas
- Magic of the Animal Kingdom, a documentary series which takes viewers behind the scenes with the highly respected animal-care experts, veterinarians and biologists at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Epcot’s SeaBase aquarium
From Disney Television Animation:
- The Phineas and Ferb Movie (working title), an animated film featuring many of the original voice cast
The Walt Disney Company announced that after the Fox Merger, Disney+ will have the first 30 years of The Simpsons available for streaming. There will also be family-friendly content from Fox Studios that will be rolled out through the first five years.
“In the service’s first year, audiences will also have access to family-friendly Fox titles like The Sound of Music, The Princess Bride and Malcolm in the Middle as part of an impressive collection of more than 7,500 television episodes and 500 films including blockbuster hits from 2019 and beyond.”
The Disney+ service will be available on a wide range of mobile and connected devices, including gaming consoles, streaming media players and smart TVs, and will adjust to the best possible high-definition viewing experience based on a subscriber’s available bandwidth, with support for up to 4K HDR video playback. An unprecedented amount of content will also be available to fans for offline viewing.
Following its U.S debut, Disney+ will rapidly expand globally, with plans to be in nearly all major regions of the world within the next two years.
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