Netflix Slayer: What You Need To Know About Disney's New Streaming Service

Disney's new streaming service, called Disney+, will be launching late 2019. And the entertainment company is banking on Loki, Cassian Andor, and other characters in its vast portfolio to lure fans away from streaming champ and soon-to-be rival Netflix.

Disney CEO Bob Iger spilled the beans on Thursday during an earnings call with investors. The new direct-to-consumer streaming service will be built around Disney's venerable namesake studio, along with Pixar, Marvel, the Star Wars franchise and also National Geographic.

What's more, through the recent $71.3 billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox, Disney will also control 60 per cent of Hulu and use Fox assets to add to its content lineup.

While it is still too early to determine what Disney might charge would-be subscribers, some of the content that will be made available on Disney+ is beginning to take shape.

There will be a new live-action "Star Wars" series that Lucasfilms plans to take into production next year, where you'll be able to follow the adventures of Rebel spy Cassian Andor, played by Diego Luna, during the formative years of the Rebellion and prior to the events of "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story."

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It was previously revealed that producer and actor Jon Favreau will write and executive produce "The Mandalorian," a live-action series set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order.

Iger also confirmed that Marvel Studios is developing a series around the popular god of mischief Loki, portrayed by Tom Hiddleston.

And Disney's CEO told CNBC that thousands of hours of "library" product, including movies, TV shows and other content aimed at hardcore Disney fans will be made available.

"This will be very brand-centric," Iger said. "We have the opportunity to pull back the curtain a bit and show them things they've never seen before, including a great docu-series on Walt Disney Imagineering." That's the division of the company that dreams up the attractions at Disney theme parks.

Disney+ will also feature new stories set in the worlds of "Monsters, Inc." and Disney Channel's "High School Musical."

Disney announced as far back as August, 2017, that it would be pulling its movies off Netflix, foreshadowing a battle that next year that might take superheroes to determine a victor.

Disney+ follows the launch earlier this year of ESPN + built around Disney's sports-oriented media property. Iger says the service has already gained more than one million paid subscribers.

This article originally appeared in Digital Life, The Sydney Morning Herald's home for everything technology. Follow Digital Life on Facebook and Twitter.


    So now we have to use STAN, Netflix, Foxtel Now and soon to be Disney+. I see why Kodi is popular.

      You forgot Amazon Prime and YouTube Red and I'm sure some others.

      Don't forget there's Fetch, Hayu, Optus and others I'm sure too.

      Then there's the single sport-centric options like F1 TV.

      I can't see there being enough room for all of them. If you're a household of mixed viewing tastes you could be in for $200/month.

        F1 TV would be great if it was actually available in Australia.

          It is

            It's not. At least the live streaming service - called F1 TV Pro isn't. We only get F1 TV Access which gives you highlights and live timing. Pretty useless, I want to watch races live.

              Ah yeah, you'll need to be into other methods to watch live.
              But with a lot of races being at silly-o'clock that doesn't bother me too much.

    Unless they price this at a fraction of netflix (say $3-5) a month or offer pay per view it's a no-go for me. $15 a month isn't too bad, until it's $15 a month to 6 or 8 or 10 different providers. Surely Sony, Warner etc can't be too far behind with similar offerings.

    So essentially we moved from bundled cable packages to individual cable channels with each production company??

      It's starting to look that way. The production companies have realised it's possible to control their content distribution and gain a much bigger slice of the pie. So they'll obviously be doing that.

        Until there are so many separate services everyone reverts back to pirating.
        The reason spotify is so popular is because you can basically get any song you want through a single service.
        This is going bite the movie/tv industry on the ass big time.

          I agree with you. But of course they'll blame it on the consumers being greedy criminals.

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