Disney CEO Bob Iger has officially revealed that the name of the new Disney streaming service will be called Disney Plus. The House of Mouse has also set up a new registration site where users can sign up to receive further information as it becomes available.
2019 is a massive year for Disney. The company is currently in the process of acquiring the bulk of Fox's film and TV empire, with the deal expected to be completed by January 1, after which time the company will focus on the launch of its new streaming service later this year, intended to be a direct competitor to other streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. It's expected that the Fox acquisition will significantly bolster the online content library, ensuring that the service is highly competitive right out of the gate. Now, instead of being referred to as "Disney's new streaming service" anymore, it finally has an official name.
Ever since its announcement, Disney has remained silent on the streaming service's official name. Now, CEO Bob Iger has finally broken that silence on a live audio webcast of Disney’s fiscal full year and fourth quarter 2018 financial results. He confirmed that the service will be called Disney Plus. Along with the announcement, Disney opened up a new Disney Plus registration website, which not only reveals the logo for Disney Plus, but confirms some of the brands that Disney intends to include with the service. A careful look at the website will clarify that these are "Subject to availability."
As far as what Disney Plus will include, its vast library will be comprised of content from Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and, of course, Disney, according to the website. It's clearly a promise that original content from these five brands will be at the core of Disney Plus, ranging from new Star Wars live-action TV shows to Marvel Studios' upcoming spinoff series' featuring characters like Loki and Winter Soldier. And, if National Geographic seems like a curious inclusion, 21st Century Fox had acquired majority shares in the National Geographic Partners back in 2015, which now makes it the property of Disney following the acquisition.
Fans of the House of Mouse don't have very long to wait until the release of Disney Plus. Though there is no official release date confirmed at the moment, it is set to launch in the US in late 2019. It's then expected to roll out overseas, though anyone planning to subscribe ought to anticipate delays brought on by potential issues concerning distribution rights. As for now, future users can simply sit back and anticipate what else this budding evolution of home entertainment might bring.