Update: After we posted this story Variety posted the following correction “An earlier version of this story incorrectly cited Disney Play as a working name for Disney’s streaming service.”
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We finally have a name for the new Disney streaming service that is being released in 2019. According to Disney’s CEO, the new streaming service will be called Disney Play.
According to Disney CEO Bob Iger, Disney Play is “the biggest priority of the company during calendar [year] 2019” as reported by Variety.
Details are still thin but here is everything we know about the Disney Play:
According to the earnings call, the new Disney streaming service will be cheaper than Netflix. Some reports have said it could be as cheap as $5 a month.
New Original Series:
According to Bob Iger, Disney is planning on making new original shows based on Disney properties like “Mosnters Inc.” and “High School Musical.” Although not mentioned during the earnings call, we already know two Star Wars shows are also in the works. Disney is hoping they can use their Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm libraries, along with NatGeo to build on an already extensive library of shows and movies from Disney.
According to Disney, their new streaming service will focus on the “core Disney fan” and will be mostly family-friendly content that Disney is known for.
According to Bob Iger, the service will come out in late 2019. Exactly what that means is not set in stone. It could mean any time in the second half of 2019 or in the final few months of 2019. For now, we will have to wait and see.
Star Wars Movies:
According to Bob Iger, Star Wars movies released before next year will not be on the new service. For now, Disney has sold the rights to these movies to places like Netflix. These contracts will need to end before they can appear on the new Disney streaming service.
According to Disney, you will not find any R-rated films on the new streaming service. All R-Rated content will be on Hulu once Disney owns 60% of Hulu after their FOX merger.
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