The new Disney+ streaming service will feature an extensive catalog including all Disney, Pixar, and Star Wars films, as well as most of the Marvel movies. Disney+ has been a major corporate priority for Disney over the last few years, with every subsidiary expected to play their part. Even the Fox acquisition was partly driven by a desire to increase the size of Disney's catalog.
Disney is finally ready to lift the lid on their plans for the new streaming service. As part of their Investors Day 2019 webcast, they confirmed that Disney+ will go live in the United States on Nov. 12, and will roll out worldwide over the next two years. It will cost only $6.99 a month, or $69.99 for an annual subscription, and in addition to original content it will feature an extensive catalog.
The focus of Disney+ is on five discrete brands: Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic. Not all of the films will be available at launch, but many will be, and the catalog will grow over the course of the next two years as distribution rights revert. Disney has confirmed the following content:
- The first two Star Wars trilogies plus The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, with Episode IX, and the spinoffs added by the end of 2020
- All Pixar films by the end of 2020
- All Pixar theatrical shorts from launch
- Most Marvel films, including Captain Marvel
- The entire 13-film Signature collection, including the likes of the original Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King
- An extensive movie library that includes the likes of Mary Poppins, Alice in Wonderland, The Sound of Music, and Malcolm in the Middle
- Over 250 hours of content from National Geographic, including the Academy Award winner Free Solo
- 5,000 episodes of Disney Channel content and 100 Disney Channel movies will be available on launch
By the end of 2020, Disney estimates that Disney+ will include more than 7,500 episodes and 500 films. This number includes original content, of course, and it gives a sense of the sheer scale of Disney's ambition. They aim to establish themselves as a true competitor for Netflix, a market leader in the digital sphere as well as in the box office. Notice that a number of Fox properties are already confirmed to be part of Disney+, including The Sound of Music and even National Geographic.
It's safe to assume the first year will be a period of exponential growth for Disney+, as distribution rights revert back to the House of Mouse. Growth will presumably slow down by 2021, with the streaming service becoming increasingly dependent on original content to keep it fresh. But there'll be a sense of prestige thanks to the animated classics, as well as a whole range of award-winning films that have been acquired from Fox.