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Disney’s CEO Gives New Details About The New Disney Streaming Service

Yesterday, Disney’s CEO Bob Iger opened up about their new on-demand streaming service during Disney’s 2nd quarter earnings call. Here is what we learned:

Cost:

According to the earnings call, the new Disney streaming service will be cheaper than Netflix. Some reports have said it could be as cheap as $5 a month.

New Original Series:

According to Bob Iger, Disney is planning on making new original shows based on Disney properties like “Mosnters Inc.” and “High School Musical.” Although not mentioned during the earnings call, we already know two Star Wars shows are also in the works. Disney is hoping they can use their Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm libraries, along with NatGeo to build on an already extensive library of shows and movies from Disney.

Target Audience:

According to Disney, their new streaming service will focus on the “core Disney fan” and will be mostly family-friendly content that Disney is known for.

Release Date:

According to Bob Iger, the service will come out in late 2019. Exactly what that means is not set in stone. It could mean any time in the second half of 2019 or in the final few months of 2019. For now, we will have to wait and see.

Star Wars Movies:

According to Bob Iger, Star Wars movies released before next year will not be on the new service. For now, Disney has sold the rights to these movies to places like Netflix. These contracts will need to end before they can appear on the new Disney streaming service.

R-Rated Films

According to Disney, you will not find any R-rated films on the new streaming service. All R-Rated content will be on Hulu once Disney owns 60% of Hulu after their FOX merger.

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