If you were on the fence about adding yet another subscription service to your running list of Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime Video, this news might make you think about adding one more.
In a presentation that took place on the Disney lot in California, Robert A. Iger, Disney’s chief executive, unveiled Disney Plus, announcing key details about how the streaming service will operate, what types of programs it will feature and how much it will cost.
Iger’s presentation and an official press release included images of what Disney Plus will look like on your TV screen, and those who subscribe to Netflix and Hulu will see some major similarities. No surprise — Disney has been studying the streaming market for several years to create their own.
The Disney Plus movie and TV show arsenal will be a platform for Marvel, Pixar and even National Geographic. According to a press release, Disney Plus promises to offer 10 original films and 25 original series. From launch day, you’ll find all 30 seasons of “The Simpsons,” nearly all of the “Star Wars” movies, and last but certainly not least, the entire Pixar library.
“We are all-in,” Iger said, later adding, “It was important to remind you that we’re starting from a position of strength, confidence and unbridled optimism.”
Disney Plus will cost $7 a month when it launches on Nov. 12. Competitor Netflix’s cheapest plan is $9 per month.
And because Disney already owns controlling stakes in Hulu and ESPN, there’s a chance that Disney will bundle its Disney Plus, ESPN Plus and Hulu services at a low price, The Verge reports.
The company took to Twitter to share the news about Disney Plus, which they write as Disney+:
— Disney (@Disney) April 12, 2019
And of course, fans could hardly contain their excitement:
Twitter user @rickyree209 summed up how Disney fans are feeling upon hearing the news in one image:
— RickyRee🐝 (@rickyree209) April 12, 2019
Some thought this could be the end of cable as we know it. Twitter user @Jonathanest_96 tweeted, “RIP cable”:
— Jonathan (Oct 20) (@Jonathanest_96) April 12, 2019
Some people seem more than willing to subscribe to this service — no matter how much it costs. Twitter user @CalebBerg went so far as to jokingly say, “I feel like I should just add [Disney] to my bank account:”
Hahaha I feel like I should just add them to my bank account
— Caleb Berg (@CalebBerg) April 12, 2019
Much like Netflix, Disney said Plus will offer selections tailored to you (similar to a “Recommended For You” section), the ability to have multiple user profiles on your account and a way to add movies and more to a personal watchlist.
According to Gizmodo, Disney has already lined up partnerships with Roku and PlayStation 4 for Disney Plus access when it launches on Nov. 12. It will reportedly also be available on other streaming devices, as well as many smart TVs.
In the meantime, you can sign up to receive updates on this service at DisneyPlus.com.