Published: Mon, April 15, 2019
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Disney reveals launch date of its streaming service, read details

Disney reveals launch date of its streaming service, read details

We'd already had official word from Disney and Marvel that Tom Hiddleston will be headlining his own Loki series, but yesterday's announcement gave us a logo for the Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan buddy series The Falcon and The Winter Soldier (see above) as well as the new title WandaVision for the Scarlet Witch and Vision show featuring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany.

Walt Disney shares rocketed to an all-time high Friday after the company revealed plans for its news streaming arena. (Netflix does have a $8.99 basic plan, but you can only watch on one screen at a time.) Customers can save by purchasing an annual plan for $69.99, or $5.83 a month.

Marvel Studios is also working on animated series "What If", based on a past Marvel Comics series that featured out-of-continuity stories with unusual team-ups or alternate versions of previous tales. Currently, Disney+ will only be available in the United States, however they are working to have it available in major regions across the world shortly after. It is also one series that holds the prestigious honor of predicting the future more than a dozen times.

Disney+ will feature hundreds of titles from not only Disney, but other brands they own such as Pixar, Marvel, Lucas Film, and their newest acquisition 21st Century Fox which includes National Geographic.

Disney+ will launch "with a robust library of theatrical and television content" and will release more than 25 original series and 10 original films, documentaries and specials in its first year, according to the company. Do these series make Disney+ worth a subscription? That includes "Captain Marvel", which came out earlier this year; "Avengers: Endgame", which debuts in late April; and the upcoming "Toy Story 4", live-action movies "The Lion King" and "Aladdin;" and "Star Wars Episode IX".

Classic 20th Century Fox films including "The Sound of Music", "The Princess Bride", and shows such as "Malcom in the Middle", though with no set streaming date. In total over 7500 television episodes and 500 movies will be available.

The service's entire lineup will cover five categories: Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic.

Disney+ will also be available on a wide range of mobile and connected devices, including gaming consoles, streaming media players and smart TVs. The big news is that it will indeed be priced lower than Netflix at $6.99 and it will launch in the USA market on November 12, 2019. Will you be signing up? We don't now know when it'll come to those in Australia.

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