The US streaming service, or rather a suite of services, is expected to launch in the latter part of 2019. Although the new service is generally seems as a ‘Netflix killer’, Iger said that it is mean to co-exist with Netflix and Amazon.
Sports will be offered through ESPN; family content through a new service, tentatively dubbed Disney Play; and Hulu likely remain as the platform for other entertainment content.
The platform will offer library content, as well as ‘originals’ made specifically for the service. Original films will include a remake of Lady and the Tramp and Noelle.
Some of its original television series will build off pre-existing Disney properties such as Monsters Inc and High School Musical. A 10-episode Star Wars series is also being developed.
Once Disney has acquired Fox it will have not only access to a very large backlog library, in eluding Fox, Disney, Marvel, Pixar and the former Touchstone, but also holds a majority in the streaming service Hulu, with NBCU/Comcast owning 30%.
However, some of Disney’s most popular content — like the Star Wars films released before next year — will not be available on the service because they have been licensed to other distributors.
With regards to pricing, Iger has said the new Disney streaming service will launch at a price lower than that of established rival Netflix.
Disney’s family service will not include any R-rated material, that will be offered via Hulu. The service will initially only be available in the US, with an international rollout envisaged later on.