During its investors day presentation, Kevin Mayer, chairman of Disney’s direct-to-consumer unit, revealed that the company will "likely" offer all its subscription services for one price as part of a bundle. That includes Disney+, ESPN+, and Hulu - the latter of which Disney has a controlling stake, thanks to its 21st Century Fox acquisition.
Mayer said Disney "will likely bundle at a discounted price to offer more value for consumers".
Although Disney didn't reveal bundle pricing, it did confirm Disney+ by itself will cost $6.99 a month in the US or $69.99 yearly. That's cheaper than Netflix, which starts at $8.99 a month in the US.
It will be available from 12 November 2019 in the US. Sadly, there is no indication yet when it might also launch in the UK or other regions - current thinking is that it won't appear elsewhere until 2020 at the least.
The company revealed that Disney+ will be available on smart TVs, web browsers, tablets, smartphones, streaming devices and game consoles. Two of the brands mentioned were Roku and Sony for its Bravia TVs.
Key features will include the ability to set up profiles, as well as parental controls, offline downloads and 4K HDR support.
Disney further confirmed that Captain Marvel will be exclusive to Disney+ after its theatrical release, as will all the Cars movies, Frozen 2, and every season of The Simpsons. The company also showed off the Falcon and Winter Soldier spinoff, announced an MCU series called WandaVision that will focus on Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), and it announced a new show from Jeff Goldblum produced by National Geographic.
Thrilled to share a first look at Disney+ with you! pic.twitter.com/iiqjFjaNra— Robert Iger (@RobertIger) April 11, 2019
At launch, the Disney+ streaming library will also include 18 Pixar titles, 13 Disney animated classics from the Disney Vault, every Star Wars movie, Marvel films, over 250 hours of National Geographic programming, and Disney Channel original movies.
Disney didn't stop there with the revelations; CEO Robert Iger also gave the world its first glimpse at how the Disney+ app will look and work when it launches later this year.
The interface reminds us of a mixture of Apple TV and Netflix. There's a preview screen on the top third of the TV app, while the bottom has several rows with rectangle content icons. The first row looks like it serves up all of Disney's brands: Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic. Subsequent rows are for recommended content, new TV series or movies, and genres.
On the left, there seems to be a menu, complete with what are likely search, home, add, film, TV, favourite, and settings options. For more about Disney+, including all the rumours and confirmed details so far, check out our guide here.
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