Disney CEO Iger says Disney’s entire movie library will be streamable via Disney+ streaming service

“Disney is betting big on its 2019 streaming service called Disney+,” Mike Sorrentino reports for CNET. “With Disney CEO Bob Iger calling the streaming service the company’s ‘biggest priority’ for 2019, the company is ending its streaming deal with Netflix so it can launch its own subscription platform as the exclusive streaming home for Disney movies, TV shows and other original programming. ”

“Much of the original programming planned for Disney+ leans into the company’s franchises like Marvel and Star Wars. And it be the only place to stream the company’s new movies after they premiere in theaters, starting with Captain Marvel,” Sorrentino reports. “Not only that, Iger revealed Thursday that the service will house the entire Disney motion picture library “fairly soon” after launch.”

“Basically: If you love Star Wars or Marvel movies, you may find yourself considering yet another subscription before the year is out,” Sorrentino reports. “Disney’s other streaming services — Hulu and sports-focused ESPN+ — will run on the same tech platform so you can subscribe to them with the same password and credit card info. But Disney plans for all three to be individual subscriptions. ”

Tons more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: When all is said and done, these monthly fees could end up being more expensive than the dreaded old cable bill ever was!

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    1. Agree. Disney is lost almost as badly as Apple is now.

      Perhaps the whole motion picture industry has lost its bearings. Digital animation sucks the life out of the movie elements that really matter— plot, characters, set quality, dialogue, realism… actor enthusiasm. It must suck as an actor to live a career before a green screen in this era of nonstop nonsensical comic book franchise garbage.

      Television is almost as bad. Seems like decades ago leading television shows were well written around characters that encountered compelling new adventures every week or there were excellent variety shows with live entertainment from the best musicians and comedians. I can remember my sister gathering with her friends religiously to watch All Creatures Great and Small every episode, and every week we learned something new. What teenagers gather together weekly for an hour and watch one screen together anymore? There is not much great content that brings them together. Now the viewing public gets 57 flavors of NCIS and ER knockoff dramacoms and gay pride sitcom primetime trash. Award winning shows are centered around Breaking meth cookers, and “reality” means juvenile untrained circus monkey rejects in contrived situations accomplishing nothing.

      It isn’t all rubbiish, of course. Top Gear in the UK (without the 3 bickering Grand Tour has-beens) is better than ever. Trevor Noah and John Oliver cut through the crap in the news with refreshingly honest comedy. But by and large, there isn’t any studio today that week after week produces must-watch content. So why subscriptions? Makes no sense. No ala carte, no sale.

      I don’t see how a Cooked Apple will do anything better than Disney or any other has-been studio at avoiding old franchises and tired formulaic sitcom rubbish. If anything, Cook will demand yet more androgynous and banal content of his interest, and knowing Apple he will charge the highest price for it.

      One would be far more entertained with a DVD from your local library of a classic Disney TV show. Guy Williams as Zorro for example. It raised the bar for tv production with feature film quality every week, a good role model character with panache instead of fantasy superpowers, plenty of real action sequences, and a super experienced support cast that injected impromptu but respectful off-script comedy in every episode. What show offers this today?

  1. I think to me, the beauty of streaming services, as many and as expensive as they may become, is that you can cancel them at any time, that you don’t have to call and fight thru customer retention reps to cancel. It isn’t necessary to have everything all the time but it is nice to be able to focus on a particular service as the content drives your interest and just uncheck the subscription box in your preferences when you find yourself uninspired. Of course those services are going to need their customers to stay around month after month to fun that premium programming but for the mindful and cost conscious customer, it’s not a bad time to stream.

    1. There is no difference in price gouging between streaming services and cable companies. Both force bundles and both offer intro pricing and then gradually jack up rates over time. Just middle men playing games to keep picking your pockets every month.

      1. I agree. But just meant that on the plus side. It’s become very easy to cancel services from your phone or from the appletv. You don’t have to call the company and fight to cancel. Thats one of the best things to happen to subscriptions in forever.

  2. Are the old cartoons from like the 40’s and 50’s on anywhere? I don’t think they play them on any of the Disney channels anymore. I think that was the best of Disney! Don’t see Looney Tunes on anywhere anymore either and that is sad. Those were all the best. This stuff today is terrible!

    1. Well, that’s because that movie had racist stereotypes. It even implied that blacks were better off being slaves on Southern plantations. Disney knew their mistake, and decided to not release this film on any of their media channels. Good on them, but they still made the damn thing.

      1. I made the comment to point out that it can’t be true when they say their whole catalog will be available. Because we all know it won’t include Zip-a-de-do-da. We shouldn’t forget they did make racist content, even though they wish we could forget.

      2. Because I have seen Song of the South, I have to disagree with you about it… and from your comments, I must presume you have not seen it.

        It is the story about the respect and affection that develops between an elderly black man and a young white boy because of the boy’s absent father.

        It takes place after the Civil War and nothing about it implies blacks would be better off as slaves. It certainly doesn’t gloss over race (it’s obviously the issue when the story separates the old man and boy), but doesn’t beat you over the head with it, either.

        The denouement of the story is the awareness that only the presence of the old man that can save the boy’s life.

        Imo, it takes some pretty twisted rationalization to conclude that’s racist. I doubt racists like the story. Calling something racist doesn’t make it so.

        It’s not a cinematic masterpiece, but it’s current reputation is completely undeserved.

        I liken accusations that SotS is racist to the kind of accusations that Greenpeace used to make against Apple.

        Without merit.

        FWIW, Disney did release Song of the South on laserdisc… and VHS as I recall. It was last theatrically re-released in the late seventies.

  3. The problem they will have is that I already own all the Disney cartoons and the marvel films as purchases on iTunes. I had my kids over the last 10 years so they are all purchased now. I can’t be alone in this.

    So essentially all their headline material I have access to. They don’t make blockbusters at a rate which could convince me to subscribe to a service which will inevitably be £10 a month.

    I wish we could not go through this boring stage of everyone and their dog making their own subscription service then shuttering it again in 2-3 years as the market centralises on two or three main players. Couldn’t the lessons of the music industry have been learned here?

    1. My only concern is they will pull the current license from iTunes and I will loose the hundreds of $$ I have spent on iTunes Disney movies. The is president for this as has been reported where iTunes songs have disappeared from users accounts when Apple no longer has a license for it.

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