Disney+ ‘treasure trove’ set for US November launch; Europe, Asia Pacific to follow

Screen | 4/12/2019 | Staff
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Disney’s eagerly anticipated streaming service Disney+ will launch in the US on November 12 with a basic monthly subscription fee of $6.99, followed by debuts in Western Europe and Asia Pacific towards the end of 2019 and the first few months of 2020.

The entertainment titan expects the family-friendly, ad-free service to secure between 60m and 90m subscribers – and go into profit – by the end of the company’s fiscal 2024, with two-thirds of members coming from outside the US.

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After the first wave of international launches, Disney+ will start arriving in territories in Eastern Europe and Latin America in the last quarter of 2020.

Those were among details of the service revealed on Thursday (April 11) during a marathon three-and-a-half hour presentation to investors at Disney headquarters in Burbank.

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Though it also dealt with other direct-to-consumer (DTC) services from the newly combined Disney and Fox operations – among them Hulu and India’s Hotstar – the presentation focused on Disney+, with executives from multiple Disney production labels touting their divisions’ contributions to the service’s programming line-up.

Apparently referring to rivals in the upcoming streaming war such as WarnerMedia and Apple, Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger said Disney+ will be built on “a treasure trove of long-lasting, valuable content… that no other content or technology company can rival.” Disney’s push into the DTC streaming business, he added, starts “from a position of strength, confidence and unbridled optimism.”

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Most of the original series previewed with brief clips during the presentation had been previously announced, though Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirmed two more live-action series featuring characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe: The Falcon And The Winter Soldier, with Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan, and WandaVision, with Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany.

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy confirmed that the two original Star Wars trilogies, as well as...
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