Disney Plus streaming service: Release date, price, shows and movies to expect

CNET | 4/16/2019 | Mike Sorrentino,
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Disney is betting big on its 2019 streaming service called Disney Plus, and it started laying its cards on the table last week. In a three-hour event Thursday, Disney revealed the release date, price, shows and movies planned for its Netflix competitor.

At an investor day at the company's Buena Vista studios in California, Disney CEO Bob Iger headlined a presentation that included demos of the Disney Plus app, trailers and behind-the-scenes footage of its exclusive shows like the Star Wars TV series The Mandalorian. It even threw in a new Avengers: Endgame clip for good measure.

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But Disney's last big reveal elicited a gasp from the crowd of investors, analysts and press there: The company priced Disney Plus at $7 a month, half the cost of HBO Now and a big discount to Netflix.

Much of the premium original programming planned for Disney Plus leans into the company's big-budget franchises like Marvel and Star Wars. Some shows -- like the live-action, big-budget The Mandalorian -- have completed filming and will be available at launch. Other Marvel spinoffs, like a show based on Avengers character Loki and WandaVision featuring Scarlet Witch and Vision, will debut in the second year.

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Oh, and every episode of the Simpsons, too.

(CNET has a comprehensive list of all the titles Disney confirmed will be on its streaming service.)

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So is the Disney Plus streaming service worth paying for? The details that we know so far are below, but basically: If you're a parent or you love Star Wars or Marvel movies, you may find yourself considering yet another subscription before the year is out.

What's the Disney streaming service?

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The Disney Plus streaming service will be a competitor to video streaming services such as Netflix, HBO Now and -- later this year -- Apple TV Plus. It's a...
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