With a little less than two months until launch, Disney Plus is gearing up to come to Canada, the US, and the Netherlands with all its magic. Similar to Netflix the exclusive home to stream theatrical service is said to include show & movies from franchises like Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar & more. Disney is gearing up for a slate of original shows and films based on those brands and others. Even though Disney Plus is the company’s solution to compete with Netflix, it is said that they will not be releasing episodes of its original series all at once as its rival does, but instead, new episodes will be released on a weekly bases.
What is Disney+?
It’s a paid subscription without any advertising that will give customers access to a vast library of both Disney’s and Fox’s legacy content as well as new, exclusive TV shows, movies, documentaries, and shorts. Also, it will include all its regular family-friendly content but also include Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar, and National Geographic. And outside those traditional categories, it will also have all 30 seasons of The Simpsons, which is a new feather in its cap from the Fox takeover that took place earlier this year.
How much will it be?
Disney Plus is expected to launch Nov. 12 in the US, Canada, and the Netherlands. However, In the US, Disney said the service will cost $7 a month, or $70 a year. This is a total undercut at its giant competitor, Netflix, which charges $13 per month. However, Disney Plus will allow subscribers to stream up to four devices, unlimited mobile downloads for offline viewing and have access to 4K content at no extra cost. Each account will be able to pick an avatar from either Pixar, Disney, Star Wars or Marvel characters, with over 200 available to choose from and. In Canada, the price for the streaming service is estimated to be around 9 Canadian dollars a month, or $90 per year with the US estimated to be around $7 per month.
As for the timing of the release of the program, it was a strategic one. Disney Plus plans to piggyback on their own marketing initiatives of some of their big-budget films that are being released this holiday season — Frozen 2 and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker which is set to release around the end of 2019. Globally, Disney plans a progressive rollout worldwide over the next two years.
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