Published: Fri, April 12, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Disney+ Streaming Service Will Come to Consoles Later This Year

Disney+ Streaming Service Will Come to Consoles Later This Year

The service will launch on November 12, 2019 and it will cost $6.99 a month.

That is cheaper than rival Netflix, which charges US$13 per month for its most popular streaming plan.

Disney+ will allow downloading so that all shows and movies on the service can be accessed offline.

The Disney+ programming will draw in part from Disney's deep library of classic family films.

All episodes from the show's 30 seasons are being made available on the service at launch.

The company previously announced a number of original projects it had planned, including a scripted live-action Star Wars show called The Mandalorian and a Loki series from Marvel Studios.

Disney CEO Bob Iger unveiled the details of Disney Plus to shareholders and investors on Thursday.

Although Disney has an enviable track record of producing shows and films that attract huge audiences, its attempt to build its own Netflix is risky.

They have also announced they'll have two Star Wars live-action series, the upcoming High School Musical series, Noelle starring Anna Kendrick, and Stargirl.

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But the Disney+ series' connections to the MCU won't only be grounded in the realm of hard set realities.

"The interesting thing is both companies have ended up in the same place, but they've come to it from vastly different backgrounds", he said.

While it's not a huge surprise that Disney+ is coming to consoles given that so many other streaming services have rolled out onto these platforms over the years, it's still a big market that Disney+ seems to be aiming for in its attempt to take on major streaming competitors in its field, such as Netflix and HBO.

The power of Disney with its old content was enough, but throwing The Simpsons, Star Wars, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Disney Channel, and more, it looks like the studio is going to be unstoppable when the platform wars kick into overdrive. Disney will also get valuable data on customers and their entertainment-viewing habits, which it can then use to sell advertising. Hulu, which Disney now controls, will begin to roll out internationally, and Disney says it expects the service to grow from 25 million paid subscribers to between 40 and 60 million by the end of 2024. Iger has said Hulu will continue to offer general entertainment programming while Disney Plus will be focused on family fare. It costs $7/month or $70 a year.

Disney is betting its new service will quickly offset that.

The series will debut Into the Unknown: Making Frozen 2, a documentary that goes captures the behind-the-scenes process of making the animated film.

The plunge into video streaming is likely to confront Disney with new challenges.

All Pixar films will be available within the first year of launch and all Pixar theatrical shorts will be available from Day 1.

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