The Disney Plus streaming service: everything you need to know

The Disney Plus streaming service: everything you need to know

After Disney announced its plans to create its own streaming service to challenge Netflix, Hulu and others, we already know that it has an official name and is the Disney Plus (Disney +) streaming service. Disney president and general manager Bob Iger revealed the name of the service as he discusses how the company plans to compete with Netflix to date, the undisputed leader of the industry and the other streaaming platforms. Iger said that Disney + is the company's “highest priority” for 2019.

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So, here you will find everything we know about the Disney + streaming service so far.

WHAT DOES IT INCLUDE?

This streaming service feature several Disney studio movies like Frozen 2, Toy Story 4, Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker, and the live action remake of The Lion King You will also have exclusive transmission availability of Captain Marvel, becoming, in the first Marvel Cinematic Universe movie not available on Netflix.

As if that were not enough, the outcome of Marvel's Infinity saga, Avengers: Endgame, just released in the cinema and that has been so successful in its debut, arrive on December 11 to this service, according to Disney's financial reports.

Approximately 7,000 television series chapters and between 400 and 500 films are expected to be available on the service when it is released.

However, compared to the biggest competitor of Disney Plus, Netflix, that's not much. According to a study carried out by the research firm Ampere Analysis, the total of Disney Plus television series only represent 16% of what Netflix offers. The Netflix movie library is also eight times larger than that of Disney Plus at its launch. In terms of absolute numbers, Disney Plus also falls short compared to Hulu, Amazon Prime, CBS All Access and HBO Go.

But what Disney Plus lacks in volume is not lacking in quality. Disney Plus be the exclusive home of some of the biggest and most popular movies, series and franchises. The first and most important among the contents will be the projects linked to the properties of Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar and Disney. In addition, the general theme of the service is familiar content.

In addition, those numbers will increase very rapidly. During the meeting of an investor, Iger said that all the movies in the Disney catalog will arrive at Disney Plus "sometime shortly after launch." That includes classic Disney animated movies, all of them. So, with Disney Plus, you can see favorites like Aladdin, The Lion Kingand many other titles.

However, Disney Plus not only be a collection of great successes. There will also be original content on the service. Recently, rumors were released that ensure that a new program based on The Muppets reach the magical hands of Disney Plus. Apparently, this production will be developed by actor Josh Gad and the creators of Habia una vez, Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis.

A report published in September indicated that Disney is developing multiple series of Marvel Cinematic Universe characters, with the actors who played them on the big screen. According Variety, Loki and Scarlet Witch are two of the characters with programs in development, and Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen, respectively, are expected to repeat their roles from the MCU films. Iger confirm the series Loki with Hiddleston during the earnings report in November 2018.

A live action series with MCU veterans Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie as Winter Soldier and Falcon, respectively, is also in the works with Empire Malcolm Spellman's writer.

Iger revealed that Disney Plus also includes content that is not owned by Disney, including National Geographic material, which it is in the process of acquiring through its planned purchase of 21st Century Fox and affiliated television companies. "Because the agreement with Fox an has not been closed, (…) and because we need to launch the service with a little volume, we are taking advantage of buying certain external products, which we will continue doing," said Iger.

The Mandalorian, the Star Wars series of live action previously announced and developed by Jon Favreau, is also among Disney + projects. In addition, the series Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Bring back actor Diego Luna as the rebel Spanish Cassian Andor.

But rumors suggest that Andor may not be the only popular Star Wars character who returns to Disney Plus. Due to the lackluster box office results of Single, Star Wars's "anthological" movie series are in "pause" mode, although Obi-Wan Kenobi's long-rumored movie could continue as a Disney Plus television series. Star Wars News Net reports that a six-episode Obi-Wan Kenobi miniseries is "the next priority" on Disney Plus. It is not clear if Ewan McGregor appears in the series, or if the project is really being carried out, but Star Wars News Net has said that McGregor has been enthusiastic about putting on his Jedi clothes again, and that the script is also cool.

And Obi-Wan won't be the only series that will come to Disney Plus. We Got This Covered states that the series starring Star Wars characters such as Lando Calrissian, Qi’ra (the femme fatale of Solo), the reformed soldier and assault Finn and the Resistance pilot Poe Dameron are in an initial development at Disney. The report does not say whether Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke, Oscar Isaac or John Boyega all high-priced Hollywood stars at this time return to play their roles on the big screen, and Disney has not confirmed anything about it. For now, consider them as rumors, and nothing else.