Disney Plus: 5 unanswered questions about Netflix's streaming rival

CNET | 4/15/2019 | Joan E. Solsman
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Marvel's The Avengers, its first big crossover movie in 2012, hasn't been confirmed for Disney Plus in the service's first year.

Disney gave us a three-hour lesson, and it still wasn't enough.

Week - Disney - Curtain - Disney - Plus

Last week, Disney threw back the curtain on Disney Plus, its streaming service to rival Netflix. At an hours-long investor presentation at its Buena Vista studios in California, Disney unleashed a tremendous amount of information about the service's programming, its app and how it fits into the larger Disney universe. In the US, Disney Plus will launch Nov. 12 and cost $7 a month, or $70 for an annual subscription.

Ultimately, Disney Plus is meant to become a global digital hub to stream all the family-friendly content (that is, everything without an R-rating) from Disney brands, including Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic and 21st Century Fox. As Disney faces down growing competition from tech powerhouses like Netflix, Amazon and -- soon -- Apple, Disney Plus represents the entertainment giant's full-throated response: It's taking digital upstarts at their own game.

Meantime - Questions

In the meantime, we still have some questions.

It'd be unfair to say Disney raised more questions than it answered about its streaming service. (No, that'd be Apple.) Disney largely answered our biggest questions going into Thursday's event. But even as Disney showed us what the puzzle is supposed to look like when all everything is put together, a few pieces remain that we aren't sure how they fit. From a list of 20 questions we asked Disney on Friday following the presentation, these are some the biggest that remain unanswered.

Price - Persist

How long will the $7-a-month price persist?

During Thursday's presentation, Disney's chief financial officer, Christine M. McCarthy, hinted that Disney Plus pricing may rise as the service advances, calling the $7 monthly fee an "initial" price. But the...
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