Look out, Netflix, a new competitor is coming. The company is ending its relationship with Netflix at the end of the year. According to The Mouse House, Disney’s new streaming service will be called Disney+. The company says it also plans to increase investment in its other streaming service, Hulu. Not only do they plan to invest in Hulu to create more original content but they also plan to bring Hulu to more international markets.
Disney now owns 60 percent of the TV streaming service because of its buyout of 21st Century Fox. The ownership allows Disney to have decent control over how Hulu is run. So, what does this mean for viewers?
When will the service launch?
Disney says the release will be “late” 2019. However, they already have plenty of ideas in store.
How will Disney+ invest more for Hulu?
Disney gains access to the Fox studio and FX, and more. The more access, the more resources available to provide Hulu with more original content. Iger declined to say if that content would be exclusive to Hulu in the future but did confirm the studios are part of Disney’s plans for Hulu.
Possible adjustments to Hulu’s pricing is also in discussion. However, these opportunities will be discussed more once the deal closes and after they officially have the 60 percent ownership.
What new content can we expect?
On November 8th, Disney announced a Star Wars prequel series based on Rogue One and starring original Cassian Andor character, Diego Luna. Disney also confirmed the service is developing a live-action Marvel series focused on Loki, a character from the Avengers. Tom Hiddleston will be returning for the role.
The Mandalorian, Jon Favreau’s live-action Star Wars show will also be available to watch. The original content includes A Mighty Ducks show, A Monsters, Inc. show, A Muppets show, and A High School Musical reboot. There will also be remakes of 3 Men and a Baby, Don Quixote, Father of the Bride, Honey I Shrunk The Kids, The Parent Trap, Peter Pan, The Sword in the Stone, and Lady and the Tramp. And something called Timmy Failure.
You didn’t think Disney+ would make a new streaming device without including some of its classics, did you? They will certainly feature the gems from their past including classic cartoons and live-action blockbusters. After all, Disney has been around for decades. Their entertainment history goes way back and we can’t wait to revisit it.