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Throwing down a huge gauntlet to its streaming rivals, the Walt Disney Company has revealed the core details of its imminent Disney+ direct-to-consumer service which will be priced initially at around half that of the likes of Netflix and Amazon.
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The Disney+ service will launch in the US market on 12 November 12 at $6.99 a month and will offer what Disney called ‘unparalleled’ content from its entertainment brands, including Disney, Pixar, Marvel Studios, Star Wars and National Geographic. In all Disney says that the launch package will offer more than 7,500 television episodes and 500 films including blockbuster hits from 2019 and beyond.

Looking at the launch content slate, Disney+ will offer in its first year more than 25 original series and 10 original films, documentaries and specials. New original titles for Disney+ announced include Marvel’s The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, What If...? and WandaVision; animation Into the Unknown: Making Frozen 2; Pixar’s Toy Story-based projects Forky Asks a Question, and the short film Lamp Life; National Geographic’s The World According to Jeff Goldblum and Magic of the Animal Kingdom; Disney Television Animation’s The Phineas and Ferb Movie.

Yet perhaps most likely to make a mark for the service will be The Mandalorian, the world’s first scripted live-action Star Wars series, the exclusive new season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars; High School Musical: The Musical: The Series; the untitled Cassian Andor series starring Diego Luna and Alan Tudyk; the Marvel Studios’ series Loki starring Tom Hiddleston; Monsters at Work, Diary of a Female President; and live-action films Lady and the Tramp, Noelle, Togo, Timmy Failure and Stargirl.

Non-fiction series include Be Our Chef, Cinema Relics: Iconic Art of the Movies (working title), Earthkeepers (working title), Encore!, the untitled Walt Disney Imagineering documentary series, Marvel’s 616, Marvel’s Hero Project, (Re)Connect, Rogue Trip and Shop Class(working title).
Additionally, Disney+ announced that all 30 seasons of The Simpsons will be available on the service on day one. In the service’s first year, audiences will also have access to family Fox titles like The Sound of Music, The Princess Bride and Malcolm in the Middle.

The Disney+ service will be available on a range of mobile and connected devices, including gaming consoles, streaming media players and smart TVs, and will adjust to what he company says will be the best possible high-definition viewing experience based on a subscriber’s available bandwidth. It will also support 4K HDR video playback and a select amount of content will also be available for offline viewing.

“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,” said chairman and chief executive officer Bob Iger commenting on the launch. “We are confident that the combination of our unrivalled 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.”

Following its US debut, Disney+ will  expand globally, with plans to be in nearly all major regions of the world within the next two years. The company expects to have between 60-90 million Disney+ by the end of 2024 with the US contributing a third of this figure.

Analysing the launch of the awaited direct-to-consumer service, Digital TV Research forecasts 75 million subscribers by 2024. The analyst forecasts that the US will remain the largest market by some distance, adding an average of 5 million subscribers a year to take its total to 25 million by 2024. The UK will likely provide 5.5 million subscribers, followed by Brazil and Canada. These four countries will account for half the total subscribers. “The Disney brand is known and respected in every home across the world,” commented Simon Murray, principal analyst at Digital TV Research. “Disney will deliver a reasonably-priced, attractive platform that has plenty of appealing content.”