The Disney+ streaming service represents even better value than we originally had hoped for. With the release date fast approaching, the House of Mouse has revealed not only the Disney+ price, but also information about the hundreds (yes, hundreds) of movies on offer, and even some juicy new Disney+ bundles and info about early access to help you get more bang for your buck.
There's even the small matter of the MCU making big waves on Disney+, and we'll go through all of those new Marvel TV shows, while also covering some of your big questions. That includes the possibility of a UK release date (we have some potentially great news!), the ability to download shows to watch offline, and even everything you're getting on the Disney+ app on launch day.
So, if you want to know everything there is to know about the Disney+ streaming service, you've come to the right place. With D23, Disney's flagship expo, just over the horizon, now is a good a time as any to get the lowdown on your new favourite streaming service.
The Disney+ streaming service release date is November 12, 2019
The good news is that Disney+ is coming this year! November 12, 2019, in fact, at least in the United States.
Is there a Disney+ streaming service UK release date?
Disney hasn't announced when other regions can expect to see the service hit their device of choice, the company has affirmed its “plans to be in nearly all major regions of the world within the next two years", so that gives you an idea of the platform's schedule beyond the United States.
Expect a Disney+ streaming service UK release date of 2020 at the earliest, though recent developments may change all that: Bob Iger revealed during an August 6 investor call that Disney+ is launching in two other regions alongside the November US release. Canada is likely to be one; the other is up in the air. Watch this space.
The Disney+ streaming service price is $6.99 a month
The Disney+ streaming service price will cost US subscribers a grand total of $6.99 per month, or $70 for an annual subscription (saving you around $14 compared to the rolling rate). This undercuts the current Netflix US subscription fee by nearly half, so it's fair to say that Disney is coming out fighting.
Again, we still don't know what the equivalent rates will be for subscribers outside the US, though given that Netflix UK users are currently paying between £6 - £10 a month, we can estimate that Disney+ could float around the £5 mark in that region. It all depends, of course, on when the service releases internationally, and the current market trends of that time.
A new bundle has just been announced, too, for those looking to shell out a little more. For just $12.99, you get access to Disney+, ESPN+, and Hulu. Bargain.
Disney+ streaming service early access
Often used to let willing gamers fork over a bit more cash to get hands on a release early, Disney is also adopting the same early access method. As revealed during the Disney investor call in August, CEO Bob Iger says that D23 fan club members will get dibs on signing up to Disney+. What that means at this stage is unclear, but expect to find out more about it later this month at D23.
Disney+ streaming service movies and TV shows - what will I be able to watch?
This is the most important question, right? What's the point of paying for a streaming service if it doesn't have some of the best exclusive slate of shows and movies available? There are a lot of rumours flying around about some of the content that will appear on the Disney+ streaming service and while plenty has already been confirmed (we’ll get to those in a minute), there are more than a few unconfirmed rumours flying about as well.
The big confirmed Disney+ streaming service TV shows that we know a fair amount about are the MCU bunch, recently confirmed at SDCC.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will release in ‘Fall 2020’ on Disney+, which means it’s the very first Phase 4 TV show. The series will see the newly-anointed Captain America, Sam Wilson, teaming up with Bucky Barnes.
The Loki TV show, meanwhile, is coming in Spring 2021 alongside WandaVision, starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, who reprises his role as Vision.
'What If...?' will arrive on the Disney+ streaming service in Summer 2021, and will feature the animated return of several MCU stars.
Finally, Hawkeye (starring Jeremy Renner) will be released in Fall 2021. Jeremy Renner is back as Clint Barton, and he'll be training up his protege (and probable replacement), Kate Bishop.
More interestingly, Disney's recent acquisition of the FOX entertainment brand means Disney+ will be the home of several brands previously attached to cable TV, including all 30 seasons of The Simpsons.
Other FOX properties like Malcom in the Middle, The Sound of Music, and The Princess Bride have been confirmed, while "over 7,500 television episodes" are being promised as a result of this buyout.
We likely won't find out about every available show and movie until we get to scroll through the digital halls of Disney+ for ourselves (or at D23 in August) but, rest assured, there'll be plenty to dig into from day one. Disney CEO Bob Iger has confirmed as much. At launch, we're getting 300 movies. For a breakdown, that includes: 18 Pixar movies, eight Star Wars movies, and four Marvel Studios movies. An extra 100 movies are still to come in 2020.
For now, we’re just going to just run through the full list of original Disney+ streaming service shows and movies confirmed so far. Take a deep breath, because there's a lot of them...
- (Re)Connect - An anthology series centred around the modern American family
- Be Our Chef - Disney's answer to culinary television
- Cinema Relics: Iconic Art of the Movies - An anthology series that takes a unique look at beloved Disney films
- Diary of a Female President - An animated comedy show on the life of a young girl who will eventually become POTUS
- Earthkeepers - A cinematic documentary about the conservation effort across the world
- Encore! - The return of the high school musical series from The Good Place's Kristen Bell
- Forky Asks a Question - An animated series based featuring Toy Story 4's Forky
- Hawkeye - Another Marvel Phase 4 project, featuring Jeremy Renner as the bow-and-arrow hero training his protege, Kate Bishop
- High School Musical: The Musical: The Series - A musical show set in the HSM universe
- Into the Unknown: Making Frozen 2 - A documentary looking at the making of Frozen 2
- Lady and the Tramp - A live-action adaptation of the classic Disney movie
- Lamp Life - A short film from Disney Pixar
- Loki - A live-action series starring Tom Hiddleston
- Magic of the Animal Kingdom - A documentary series set in Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Epcot’s SeaBase aquarium
- Marvel's 616 - A documentary series looking at the legacy of Marvel
- Marvel's Hero Project - A documentary series exploring the intersection between Marvel and the wider world
- Marvel's What If...? - An animated series exploring alternative scenarios from the MCU
- Monsters at Work - A TV prequel to the Monsters Inc movies
- Noelle - A live action Christmas comedy movie
- Rogue Trip - A tourism show hosted by Bob Woodruff
- Shop Class - A gameshow where teams of students are tasked with designing new contraptions
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars season 7 - A new season to the animated Star Wars show
- Stargirl - A teen movie inspired by the novel of the same name
- The Falcon and The Winter Soldier - A live-action series with Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan reprising the title roles
- The Mandalorian - A live-action Star Wars series focused on the adventures of a bounty hunter
- The Phineas and Ferb movie - A movie spin-off to the popular animated Disney show
- The World According to Jeff Goldblum - An entertainment documentary series hosted by... Jeff Goldblum
- Timmy Failure - A movie based on the book series of the same name
- Togo - A live action drama starring Willem Dafoe
- Untitled Cassian Andor Star Wars show - A live-action prequel series to the events of Rogue One starring Diego Luna's Resistance soldier
- WandaVision - A live-action series with Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany returning as Wanda Maximoff and Vision
How important are the Disney+ streaming service MCU shows?
Marvel hasn't been shy in telling everyone just how crucial the slate of Disney+ streaming service MCU shows will be to the universe-at-large moving forward.
Captain Marvel producer Mary Livanos has already pledged that the MCU shows on Disney+ will "directly affect" what you see in the movies. The head of Marvel Studios himself, Kevin Feige, has also said that the new MCU series, potentially ones such as Falcon and the Winter Soldier, will interact with the movies "in a big way."
So, unlike the Netflix Marvel shows (more on those in a moment) of yore, the Disney+ equivalent will be almost unmissable. That means that any MCU fan will need a Disney+ streaming service subscription to get the full picture.
The Marvel Phase 4 reveal at SDCC, though, has given us a fuller picture of just how much the Disney+ MCU shows will affect the properties on the big screen. Scarlet Witch, for example, is in WandaVision, as well as Doctor Strange's sequel, Multiverse of Madness, within months of each other. We don't know the story details yet, but don't be surprised if they tie in directly in some way, especially given recent comments from producers.
What about the Netflix-Marvel shows?
It’s also worth talking about the Netflix-Marvel TV shows. Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Punisher (and by default The Defenders) have all been cancelled by Netflix.
While most fans assumed this was down to Disney not wanting any more Marvel TV shows on any other streaming service, Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb released a letter to fans implying the decision was entirely down to Netflix.
“Our Network partner may have decided they no longer want to continue telling the tales of these great characters,” the statement reads. “But you know Marvel better than that.” This certainly seems to imply that there might be a place for these shows on Disney+, while Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige has already promised that the streaming service's new Marvel shows will be "entirely interwoven with both the current MCU, the past MCU, and the future of the MCU", which might come as small comfort to those who always wondered why Netflix's heroes were so removed from the events of their big screen counterparts.
However, SDCC has been and went and there's been no mention of the Netflix Marvel shows. Expect movement on that front to come along in the next few years, if ever.
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When asked about the return of The Defenders by THR, new head of Disney+ Kevin Mayer, said: “They are very high-quality shows. We haven’t yet discussed that, but I would say that’s a possibility.” However, some reports suggest that the Disney+ streaming service won’t feature anything harder than a PG-13 rating and the Netflix-Marvel TV shows are rated TV-MA (the TV equivalent of an R-rated movie).
Some have suggested that Hulu - which is partly owned by Disney - would be a better place for these series.
Hulu’s Senior Vice President of Originals Craig Erwich said “Marvel has a ton of titles we’d be interested in,” when asked by TheWrap if Hulu would be interested in reviving one of the Netflix-Marvel series, adding: “It kind of just depends on when they’re ready, [and] who, most importantly, is going to be behind these things.” For now, we just don’t know if the Netflix-Marvel TV universe will move to Disney+.
Disney+ streaming service design - what will it look like?
Disney has shown off an early prototype of the Disney+ user interface, and it's looking as sleek and majestic as you'd expect from the company that pretty much owns the entertainment industry at this point. As seen in the image above, the Disney+ platform will feature "dedicated immersive branded tiles and dedicated pages for Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic" designed to make it easier for users to watch what they want, while we've been promised the ability to customise our accounts with unique avatars and curated content catered to our specific interests.
Meanwhile, Disney has expressed its aims to bring Disney+ to every available platform, including mobile devices and consoles like the PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch, with the streaming software built to provide the optimal viewing experience suited to each piece of hardware. Speaking of, 4K HDR playback will be supported by Disney+, and you'll even be able to download content to view it offline at a later time; perfect for those daily commutes to work.
Disney+ streaming service app - will it have one?
There’s also going to be a Disney+ streaming service app, which, interestingly, will serve five different versions to users based on their particular interests. “We’re going to superserve fans” of various brands, Iger said, implying that the actual window-dressing of the app - not just the content - will be different depending on what the user is interested in.
This is fairly different to most other streaming service right now, as, although each one attempts to serve customised content to its users, most platforms (on app or otherwise) have a unifying look. You can keep up-to-date on any new announcements about the Disney+ streaming service by sign up to its mailing list.
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