Using a streaming service for TV and movies has become the thing to do and Disney wants in on the action. The company announced its own streaming service a few months ago and pricing was anticipated to be US$6.99 a month. Now, Disney has announced a new pricing plan that is looking to be a winner.
The new Disney+ streaming service will be bundled with Hulu and ESPN+ at an amazing price of US$12.99 a month. The company already owns ESPN and they also have a controlling vote in Hulu which is allowing them to offer this bundle. Disney CEO Bob Iger made the bundle and pricing announcement at the company’s third-quarter earnings call.
From the sound of it, the company will retain the US$6.99 price announced in April. That price will only cover Disney+ and not include Hulu or ESPN+. For users who are already subscribed to ESPN+ and Hulu, this is going to save them some money. The new service is already expected to come fully decked out with a large amount of Disney programming, including non-Disney branded programming the company owns. Disney has also announced the release date for Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the Netherlands.
Disney+ will come stocked with programming from across the company’s vast library, including at launch 18 Pixar films; 13 animated classics that have previously been locked inside the Disney vault; all Star Wars films; Marvel titles like Black Panther and Captain Marvel; some 250 hours of National Geographic programming; 100 Disney Channel Original Movies; and nine exclusive originals. Additionally, Disney+ will become the exclusive streaming home for the entire 660-episode-plus library of The Simpsons.The Hollywood Reporter
The company owns several properties, beyond its own brand, that will likely be seen on the new service including:
- Marvel Entertainment
- History Channel
- A&E Network
- Lifetime Network
- ABC TV
- Touchstone Pictures
- The Muppets properties
The streaming wars are heating up and it is going to be interesting to see what Netflix does in response to this. Disney is also trying to stop password sharing on their new service. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter, or Facebook. You can also comment on our MeWe page by joining the MeWe social network.Source: TechCrunch