Disney+ Unveils Launch Date, Initial Price And More

by Erik Amaya

 

The most important questions surrounding Disney’s streaming platform Disney+ have finally been answered.

Disney’s upcoming service will launch November 12th with a release slate which includes the first live-action Star Wars series, The Mandalorian, all The Simpsons you could ever hope watch, and more. All for the asking price of $6.99 or $69.99 for a yearly package.

And that price may be more important than anything else in regards to the platform. With Netflix raising rates to $12.99 a month in May, Disney+ is priced to be competitive. Which may be the smartest decision Disney has made in regards to its plans to take on the SVOD giant. For families, the price — and access to Disney’s library of films and original content — may prove to be too good a deal to pass up.

The details were revealed during an investor day in Burbank, CA, according to Variety, where the company also announced the exact number of titles available at launch. On November 12th, subscribers will have access to 7,500 episodes of current and vintage TV shows, 25 original series, an additional 10 original movies and specials, 400 library movie titles, and 100 recent theatrical films. It is unclear if Captain Marvel will be available at launch, but the company has not shied away from mentioning it will be the first Marvel Studios film exclusively available for streaming on the platform.

Oh, and just for fun, Disney announced the platform will be available on Playstation 4 consoles in addition to the web and smart TVs. Content will also be available for offline viewing and in 4K.

Meanwhile, in the genre space, the meeting also served as home for some key news about Star Wars and Marvel Studios’ limited series. In regards to the latter, Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige confirmed reports about a program centered on the duo of The Falcon and The Winter Solider — which will be called The Falcon and the Winter Soldier — and one featuring Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye. He also revealed the name of the series featuring Scarlett Witch and Vision — WandaVision — and their plans for an animated What If!? series. Over on the Star Wars front, Alan Tudyk will reprise his Rogue One: A Star Wars Story role as K-2SO in the as-yet unnamed Cassian Andor series.

It remains to be seen how successful Disney+ will be at launch, but with that price point and amount of content, it seems unlikely most people will pass it by.

Disney+ launches November 12th.

Erik Amaya

Host of Tread Perilously and a Film/TV Writer at Comicon.com and Rotten Tomatoes. A former staff writer at CBR and Bleeding Cool, and a contributing writer at Fanbase Press and Monkeys Fighting Robots. Voice of Puppet Tommy on The Room Responds. A seeker of the Seastone Chair and the owner of a Legion Flight Ring. Sorted into Gryffindor, which came as some surprise.

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