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Disney hopes Wall Street bets on new global streaming service News

Walt Disney Co. unveiled details of a family-friendly streaming service on Thursday with TV shows and movies from some of the world’s most popular entertainment franchises in a bid to challenge the digital dominance of Netflix.
Disney says its new streaming service, Disney Plus, will cost $6.99 US per month when it launches in the U.S. on Nov. 12.
That’s cheaper than rival Netflix, which charges $13 per month for its most popular streaming plan. But the Disney service has a narrower focus on family-friendly shows and movies.
In addition to Disney films and TV shows, it will feature programming from the Marvel superhero universe, the Star Wars galaxy, Toy Story creator Pixar animation and the National Geographic channel.
Disney kicked off its presentation to Wall Street analysts at its Burbank, Calif., headquarters on Thursday with a video that demonstrated the breadth of its portfolio, showing clips from dozens of classic TV shows and movies from Frozen and The Lion King to Avatar and The Sound of Music .
The company said it has struck deals with Roku Inc and Sony Corp to distribute Disney Plus on streaming devices and console gaming systems and expects it to be widely available on smart televisions, tablets, and other outlets by launch.
Executives said they see opportunities to take its ESPN+ sport streaming video service to Latin America and are looking into international expansion of its Hulu streaming video business, which offers movies and shows targeted to adults.
The entertainment giant is trying to transform itself from a cable television powerhouse into a leader of streaming media. Chief Executive Bob Iger in February called streaming the company’s “No. 1 priority.”
The race for cord-cutters’ cash Wall Street has pinned high hopes on the new service, which analysts expect would cost about $7.50 US monthly and lure about 7.2 million U.S. subscribers in 2020 and 13.66 million by 2021, according to a poll of analysts conducted by Reuters.
The digital push is Disney’s response to cord-cutting, the dropping of cable service that has hit its ESPN sports network and other channels, and the rise of Netflix Inc. The Silicon Valley upstart has amassed 139 million customers worldwide since it began streaming 12 years ago.
Disney closes $71B US deal for Fox entertainment assets Netflix hikes U.S. prices by up to 18 per cent The Mouse House, as Disney is known, will join the market at a time when audiences are facing a host of choices, and monthly bills, for digital entertainment. Apple Inc., AT&T Inc.’s WarnerMedia and others plan new streaming services.
To bolster its potential digital portfolio, Disney recently purchased film and TV assets from Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox and gained prized properties such as Avatar .
In a January regulatory filing, Disney reported losses of more than $1 billion for streaming-related investments in Hulu and technology company BAMtech.
Disney had been supplying new movies such as Black Panther and Beauty and the Beast to Netflix after their runs in theaters but ended that arrangement this year to feed its own streaming ambitions. The company estimated it is foregoing $150 million in licensing revenue this fiscal year by saving programming for its own platforms.
Netflix says there’s no need to force them to pay more for Canadian content Streaming TV may never be as simple or inexpensive as it is now The Disney+ programming will draw in part from Disney’s deep library of classic family films. It also will include exclusive original content such as a live-action Star Wars series called The Mandalorian , a show focused on Marvel movie villain Loki, and animated Monsters at Work , inspired by hit Pixar movie Monsters Inc .
Some new Disney movies, such as a Lady and the Tramp remake, will go directly to the Disney+ app. Other new releases will appear on Disney+ after their run in theaters, executives have said.

Disney to unveil new video streaming service to Wall Street

Disney hopes Wall Street bets on new global streaming service Social Sharing Business Disney hopes Wall Street bets on new global streaming service Walt Disney Co. unveiled details of a family-friendly streaming service on Thursday with TV shows and movies from some of the world’s most popular entertainment franchises in a bid to challenge the digital dominance of Netflix. Social Sharing Walt Disney Co. is making bid to challenge the dominance of Netflix Thomson Reuters · Posted: Apr 11, 2019 3:56 PM ET 12 The Walt Disney Co. logo appears on a screen above the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in this Aug. 7, 2017 file photo. The company will unveil a family-friendly streaming service on Thursday.(Richard Drew/The Associated Press)
Walt Disney Co. unveiled details of a family-friendly streaming service on Thursday with TV shows and movies from some of the world’s most popular entertainment franchises in a bid to challenge the digital dominance of Netflix.
Disney says its new streaming service, Disney Plus, will cost $6.99 US per month when it launches in the U.S. on Nov. 12.
That’s cheaper than rival Netflix, which charges $13 per month for its most popular streaming plan. But the Disney service has a narrower focus on family-friendly shows and movies.
In addition to Disney films and TV shows, it will feature programming from the Marvel superhero universe, the Star Wars galaxy, Toy Story creator Pixar animation and the National Geographic channel.
Disney kicked off its presentation to Wall Street analysts at its Burbank, Calif., headquarters on Thursday with a video that demonstrated the breadth of its portfolio, showing clips from dozens of classic TV shows and movies from Frozen and The Lion King to Avatar and The Sound of Music .
The company said it has struck deals with Roku Inc and Sony Corp to distribute Disney Plus on streaming devices and console gaming systems and expects it to be widely available on smart televisions, tablets, and other outlets by launch.
Executives said they see opportunities to take its ESPN+ sport streaming video service to Latin America and are looking into international expansion of its Hulu streaming video business, which offers movies and shows targeted to adults.
The entertainment giant is trying to transform itself from a cable television powerhouse into a leader of streaming media. Chief Executive Bob Iger in February called streaming the company’s “No. 1 priority.” The race for cord-cutters’ cash
Wall Street has pinned high hopes on the new service, which analysts expect would cost about $7.50 US monthly and lure about 7.2 million U.S. subscribers in 2020 and 13.66 million by 2021, according to a poll of analysts conducted by Reuters.
The digital push is Disney’s response to cord-cutting, the dropping of cable service that has hit its ESPN sports network and other channels, and the rise of Netflix Inc. The Silicon Valley upstart has amassed 139 million customers worldwide since it began streaming 12 years ago. Netflix hikes U.S. prices by up to 18 per cent
The Mouse House, as Disney is known, will join the market at a time when audiences are facing a host of choices, and monthly bills, for digital entertainment. Apple Inc., AT&T Inc.’s WarnerMedia and others plan new streaming services.
To bolster its potential digital portfolio, Disney recently purchased film and TV assets from Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox and gained prized properties such as Avatar .
In a January regulatory filing, Disney reported losses of more than $1 billion for streaming-related investments in Hulu and technology company BAMtech.
Disney had been supplying new movies such as Black Panther and Beauty and the Beast to Netflix after their runs in theaters but ended that arrangement this year to feed its own streaming ambitions. The company estimated it is foregoing $150 million in licensing revenue this fiscal year by saving programming for its own platforms. Streaming TV may never be as simple or inexpensive as it is now
The Disney+ programming will draw in part from Disney’s deep library of classic family films. It also will include exclusive original content such as a live-action Star Wars series called The Mandalorian , a show focused on Marvel movie villain Loki, and animated Monsters at Work , inspired by hit Pixar movie Monsters Inc .
Some new Disney movies, such as a Lady and the Tramp remake, will go directly to the Disney+ app. Other new releases will appear on Disney+ after their run in theaters, executives have said.
With files from the Associated Press

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

Disney is betting big on its 2019 streaming service called Disney Plus, and it’ll finally give us the best picture yet of what to expect.
Thursday, Disney held an investor day at its Buena Vista studios in California. Disney CEO Bob Iger, who’s called the streaming service the company’s “biggest priority” this year, led a presentation that included demos of the Disney Plus app and trailers and behind-the-scenes footage of its exclusive shows like Star Wars: The Mandalorian , as well as an Avengers: Endgame clip .
Even before the event, new details about more of Disney’s original shows have packed the days leading up to it.
A Marvel limited series featuring Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye is expected to chronicle his adventures passing the torch to Kate Bishop, a Marvel Comics character who’s part of a group known as the Young Avengers. We also got details about Pixar’s Monsters Inc. spin-off: The show, called Monsters at Work and slated for 2020, takes place six months after the events of Pixar’s original film, and John Goodman and Billy Crystal will reprise their roles of Sully and Mike.
Disney also announced a big slate of documentary and reality shows that weren’t previously known. Some piggyback on the popularity of its blockbuster franchises, such as Marvel’s 616 — a documentary series exploring the real-world context to the stories, characters and creators in the Marvel universe — and Marvel’s Hero Project, which spotlights young people dedicated to acts of bravery and kindness.
But others have tangential links to other parts of Disney. Cooking competition Be Our Guest pits two families in a contest to develop a dish for Disney World, and reality show Encore, which brings adults back to reenact the high-school musical they performed with their classmates years ago, is sure to be a companion program to the Disney Plus reboot of its High School Musical brand.
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 Star Wars TV series The Mandalorian — have completed filming . Meanwhile, some programs have only just started shooting, such as Marvel spinoffs like one show based on Avengers character Loki and another featuring Scarlet Witch and Vision . The Marvel programs, each set to be six-episodes long, are intended to be ready when Disney Plus launches late this year.
If you’re feeling monthly fee fatigue, sorry, but that’s the direction the entertainment business is headed. Netflix trots out original shows and movies on a near daily basis. CBS is pumping its CBS All Access service full of Star Trek shows and other original programs. (Note: CBS is CNET’s parent company.) NBCUniversal , HBO owner WarnerMedia and Apple are all building their own streaming services. Even DC Entertainment now has its DC Universe streaming service full of shows, movies and comics.
And then there’s Hulu , which is controlled by Disney after its $71.3 billion takeover of 21st Century Fox closed last month. Once Disney Plus launches, you’ll need to remember to subscribe to Hulu too if you want Disney’s edgier material, like four planned Marvel cartoons aimed at adults. Disney Plus is where the expanded company’s family-friendly content will live.
So, is the Disney Plus streaming service worth paying for? The details that we know so far are below, but basically: If you love Star Wars or Marvel movies , you may find yourself considering yet another subscription before the year is out.
Now playing: Watch this: Disney cuts the cord with Netflix 1:43 What’s the Disney streaming service? The Disney Plus streaming service will be a competitor to video streaming services such as Netflix. Customers will be able to subscribe with a still-unannounced monthly fee to get access to TV shows, movies and other content from the world of Disney.
Disney’s other streaming services — Hulu and sports-focused ESPN Plus — 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.
ESPN Plus will, clearly, focus on sports. Hulu is expected to continue to stream content from three of the broadcast networks and its own original series, like The Handmaid’s Tale and Castle Rock . Hulu will also be where Disney streams its more adult-oriented fare. It’s where a new Marvel collection of grown-up animated series will stream, and it’s likely where Deadpool-like content will live now that Disney owns Fox.
Disney Plus is supposed to include all of Disney’s family-friendly fare. It’ll have content from Disney proper, Marvel, Lucasfilm (so: Star Wars), Pixar and National Geographic.
When’s the release date? You’ll be waiting even longer than Avengers: Endgame for this. Disney says it will launch on Nov. 12.
The company is expected to reveal many of the specifics about Disney Plus on Thursday, when it’ll hold an investor meeting to detail all its streaming plans, including a “first look” at Disney Plus and some of the programming it’s producing for it.
How much will it cost? Disney said the service will cost $7 a month, or $70 a year.
Iger said in November 2017 that his company’s service price will reflect the “fact that it will have substantially less volume” but plans to make up for it with high-quality programming from across its entertainment empire.
The Clone Wars is getting a new season, exclusively on Disney’s upcoming streaming service.
Disney/Screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET How will this affect Disney stuff on Netflix? Disney will mostly disappear from Netflix by late 2019.
Since 2016, Netflix has been the first place to watch Disney’s movies with a subscription. That deal meant Netflix was the go-to place for the biggest US blockbusters of the last three years. The top two movies of 2017 and the top three movies of 2016 and 2018 were all from Disney, and Netflix has been the place to binge them all.
But Disney decided against renewing that Netflix deal as it plotted its own competitor. Starting with Disney’s 2019 slate of movies, all those films are destined for Disney Plus. That means Captain Marvel , the first movie Disney is releasing theatrically in 2019, will be the first movie Netflix misses out on. It also means that Mary Poppins Returns should be the final Disney movie that will have some type of release window on Netflix.
Netflix’s Marvel Defenders shows are complicated, though. Netflix has put out five original series based on Defenders characters in partnership with Disney. In 2018, Netflix canceled three of them: Daredevil, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. Then in 2019, Netflix canceled the last two : The Punisher and Jessica Jones. Kevin Mayer, the Disney executive in charge of Disney Plus, has said Disney Plus could possibly revive the canceled shows. But the terms of their original deal could restrict Disney Plus from any revivals until 2020 , according to a report.
A third, and now final, season of Jessica Jones is still set to arrive on Netflix sometime in 2019. But after that, all we know about the future of these characters is Marvel Television chief Jeph Loeb teasing fans that the characters will continue in some form. But the only thing for sure about that form right now: It won’t involve Netflix.
Shows and movies: What will I be able to watch? Disney Plus will include content from the Disney brand itself, Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars and National Geographic. In fact, it’s organizing the service’s app by those exact categories. Generally speaking, Disney plans to make Disney Plus the catch-all for its family-friendly content, while Hulu — which Disney controls after its takeover of 21st Century Fox — will be its subscription for edgier, more adult-oriented fare.
Disney Plus will be the only place you can stream all of Disney’s theatrically released movies starting with Captain Marvel and the rest of its 2019 slate. It will also house the “entire Disney motion picture library,” according to Iger, including all the classic animated movies in what the company calls the Disney vault. And of course, the company is developing a slate of original, exclusive shows and movies for the service.
Original exclusives include a Star Wars prequel series based on Rogue One and starring Diego Luna, who played Cassian Andor in the original movie. Disney also confirmed the service is developing a live-action Marvel series focused on Loki, a character from the Avengers, which will star Tom Hiddleston reprising the role.
Disney Plus will have original behind-the-scenes documentaries, too. The company also has started to make deals for original programming that doesn’t already fall into one of its established brands. In January, Disney Plus ordered a 10-episode series called Diary of a Female President. The show follows a 12-year-old Cuban-American girl and the highs and lows of her middle-school life en route to becoming the US commander in chief.
Out of the vast library of Disney’s past catalog, Disney Plus is supposed to offer “thousands of hours” of content, but we don’t know yet exactly what could be excluded.
Even though all of Disney’s movies will stream exclusively on Disney Plus, the company doesn’t plan to debut any of its big-budget motion pictures on the service. Unlike Netflix’s so-called day-and-date approach, which releases most of its films on big screens and on its streaming service at the same time, Disney plans for its tentpole movies, like those in its Star Wars franchise , to run their course in theaters before making them available with a digital subscription.
We do know the service will include shows and movies such as:
Star Wars: The Clone Wars new season (exclusive to this service). Marvel movies, starting with 2019’s Captain Marvel . Star Wars films, starting with 2019’s Episode 9 . Pixar films, starting with 2019’s Toy Story 4 . A live-action, big-budget Star Wars TV series called The Mandalorian, being developed by Jon Favreau. A Star Wars Rogue One prequel TV series, starring Diego Luna. A live-action Marvel series focused on Avengers character Loki, starring Tom Hiddleston. A Marvel series featuring Scarlet Witch, played by Elizabeth Olsen A Marvel limited series focused on Hawkeye, featuring Jeremy Renner Possible Marvel series that would team up Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) and Sam Wilson, aka Falcon (Anthony Mackie), according to Slashfilm . A possible What If-themed Marvel series that would imagine what the Marvel Cinematic Universe would look like if different events took place. According to a Slashfilm report, the series would be overseen by MCU head Kevin Feige and would be an animated anthology show. An episode example would reportedly feature how the Marvel timeline would unfold if Loki found Thor’s hammer. Marvel’s Hero Project, a documentary series featuring the positive changes several young people are making in their own communities.
Marvel’s 616 (working title), a documentary series exploring the intersection between Marvel’s stories and the real world.
An animated series spinoff of Pixar’s Monsters, Inc called Monsters at Work.
A series adapted from Disney movie Escape to Witch Mountain
A 10-episode series, Diary of a Female President, about a 12-year-old Cuban-American girl. A documentary about Walt Disney Imagineering. A Timmy Failure film directed by Spotlight ‘s Tom McCarthy. A live-action Lady and the Tramp remake. A Sword in the Stone remake. Noelle, a movie starring Anna Kendrick. Togo, a sled dog movie starring Willem Dafoe. A Three Men and a Baby remake. The Paper Magician film. A Stargirl film. A High School Musical series. Encore!, a reality show that reunites former castmates of a high school musical to re-creating their original performances of productions like The Sound of Music, Beauty and the Beast and Annie. A possible Muppets series. Earthkeepers (working title), a cinematic documentary series the animal kingdom and people working to protect endangered species. Be Our Guest, a Disney-inspired cooking competition at Walt Disney World. Cinema Relics: Iconic Art of the Movies (working title), an eight-episode series revisiting beloved films through their props and costumes. Films featured include Tron, Mary Poppins, The Muppet Movie, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. (Re)Connect, a reality program that explores divisions in individual families and their journeys with a specialized expert to confront their dilemmas.
Rogue Trip, a travel guide to misunderstood and overlooked corners of the world.
Shop Class (working title), a competition among students designing and testing new contraptions.
What shows and movies do you want to appear on Disney’s streaming service? Pop them into the comments section and we’ll keep updating this post with more information as it becomes available.
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Brexit fury erupts as Tories launch fresh plot to oust Theresa May this summer

News Brexit fury erupts as Tories launch fresh plot to oust Theresa May this summer Tory MPs are furious after the Prime Minister agreed to delay Brexit to October 31 – and she faces a fright night of hardline MPs wanting to oust here Share Dan Bloom Online Political Editor 11:29, 11 APR 2019 Click to play Tap to play The video will start in 8 Cancel Play now Get the biggest politics stories by email Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email
Brexit fury erupted in the Conservative Party today as MPs launched a fresh plot to oust Theresa May this summer.
Top Tories warned the Prime Minister may not last to the end of her own Brexit delay after our EU exit was pushed back to Halloween.
Mrs May has promised she will quit as Prime Minister – but only AFTER passing her Brexit deal.
Tory sources last night said she would “stand by” that pledge, signalling she could try to cling on until October 31.
But Tories are furious that she agreed to the long delay – breaking her own pledge that, “as Prime Minister”, she would not delay beyond the end of June.
Hardline Brexiteer Peter Bone said: “If the PM intends to keep her word, can we expect her resignation later tonight?”
MPs are now plotting to change party rules so she has to face another leadership challenge, no matter what. Read More Tory Bill Cash tells Theresa May to RESIGN in hardline Commons attack Mrs May has promised she will quit as Prime Minister – but only AFTER passing her Brexit deal (Image: REUTERS) Read More Brexit: Second referendum hopes surge as EU urge UK to axe ‘Halloween nightmare’
Under Tory rules Mrs May had a year’s grace since winning the last bid to topple her in December.
But the Tory constitution says rule changes can be “initiated” by a petition of at least 10,000 party members.
The Telegraph revealed plotters are now trying to put this petition together – including by writing to local party chairs.
Bookies Betfair today gave 7/2 odds on the PM being gone before July.
Ex-Cabinet minister David Davis warned “the pressure on her to go will increase dramatically”.
“Whether it comes to anything, who knows?” he told BBC. “The rules are the rules.”
But he said it was “difficult” to see Mrs May leading the Tories into the Tory Conference in September. Read More Theresa May cracked a joke with Angela Merkel last night – but faces a storm back home (Image: REUTERS) Read More How does a Tory leadership election work? Rules for dramatic contest explained
Tory MPs are angry at the PM’s approach on two major fronts.
Firstly, they opposed her bid to delay Brexit. 177 Tory MPs – more than half the party – refused to back even a short extension to the end of June, let alone a long one.
Secondly, they are angry at her decision to hold talks with Labour – which could lead to a soft Brexit with a customs union.
Brexiteer ringleader Jacob Rees-Mogg , said today: “I accept she is leader and PM.”
But fellow Leaver Anne Marie Morris fumed: “We’re not going to get Theresa’s deal through the House.
“The beauty of the time period, kicking the can down the road, is we’ve got time to change the leader.
“That I think is the only thing that’s going to unblock this.” 177 Tory MPs refused to back even a short extension to the end of June (Image: OLIVIER HOSLET/EPA-EFE/REX) But EU leaders stitched up a delay as long as the end of October (Image: AFP/Getty Images)
Cabinet Tory Michael Gove declined to answer questions on whether there would be a challenge for the Tory leadership.
But DUP Brexit spokesman Sammy Wilson said Theresa May could have to go.
He told TalkRadio Brexit “may not happen under the current leader”, adding: “If there were a change of leadership there would be a different outcome.
“That is not up to us but it is up to the Conservative Party.”
Theresa May was due to face MPs’ anger with a Commons statement at around 1.15pm today.
Acknowledging “huge frustration” among voters that the UK has not yet left the EU, she said: “The choices we now face are stark and the timetable is clear. Read More Next Tory leader odds: Candidates and hopefuls to replace Theresa May Theresa May was due to face MPs’ anger with a Commons statement (Image: AFP/Getty Images)
“So we must now press on at pace with our efforts to reach a consensus on a deal that is in the national interest.”
Meanwhile, DUP leader Arlene Foster, former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith and former Cabinet minister Owen Paterson are meeting EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier on Thursday today to discuss a way forward.
Allies of the Prime Minister say a Tory leadership contest would cause chaos in the UK just as agreement is needed. Meanwhile Donald Tusk did not rule out further extensions beyond October (Image: REUTERS)
And Labour fear it would install a hard-right Tory leader like Boris Johnson who would take a harder line with the EU and make agreement more difficult.
Talks with Labour were continuing today to find a way forward – but both sides privately admitted the prospect of agreement was bleak.
Meanwhile European Council president Donald Tusk did not rule out further extensions beyond October.
He pleaded with the UK: “Please do not waste this time.” Read More

Disney+ Launch Date, Pricing Revealed Along with Everything Coming In Its First Two Years

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The company teases exclusive Disney, Pixar, Marvel, ‘Star Wars’ and NatGeo content including ‘WandaVision,’ ‘High School Musical’ and the exclusive streaming home of ‘The Simpsons.’
Disney launched a major offensive onto the crowded streaming content field with their announcement of extremely aggressive pricing for its Disney+ service, set to launch on November 12, 2019.
In a shot surely heard all the way over at Netflix HQ, Disney is undercutting the streaming leader’s lowest-tiered cost by launching at $6.99/mo. or $69.99/yr. Netflix pricing ranges from $9.00 to $13.00 per month depending on level of service. View Story
On top of that, Disney has already committed $1 billion to original programming in 2020 alone, according to CFO Christine McCarthy, with another $1.5 billion earmarked through 2024. And they’re doing it with some of the largest properties on the planet, including their own name, Pixar, Marvel, NatGeo, “Star Wars” and now (much of) Fox.
“The fact that we have the brands that matter is the single biggest differentiator of our service,” said Kevin Mayer, chairman of Disney’s direct-to-consumer division, to investors on Thursday, as reported by Variety .
Another featured touted by Disney CEO Bob Iger is the fact that all content — new and old — available for streaming on Disney+ will also be available for offline viewing for anyone with an active account.
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“The Mandalorian”: The highly-anticipated and first-ever live-action “Star Wars” series is expected within the first year of launch. Starring Pedro Pascal and helmed by Jon Favreau, the series takes place three years after “Return of the Jedi” and features a western-inspired “gunfighter,” per Favreau. The most famous Mandalorians, of course, are Jango and Boba Fett.
“High School Musical: The Musical: The Series”: The venerable franchise returns as an original series exclusive to the streaming platform. Taking place at the real-life high school where the original was filmed, this scripted series follows a new group of students as they prepare to put on a production of “High School Musical.” Meta much?
“Lady and the Tramp”: The next live-action Disney adaptation is coming directly to their streaming service, rather than going the traditional theatrical route. That might be a better option for older properties like this (pre-“Little Mermaid”) if the poor box office of “Dumbo” is any indication. This one stars Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux as the titular dogs.
“Captain Marvel”: The marquee Marvel Cinematic Universe get for launch day is the billion-dollar blockbuster “Captain Marvel,” but she isn’t alone. While all of the MCU films will not be immediately available, most are expected to make their way to the platform within the first year (once deals at other services expire).
“Marvel’s Hero Project”: A reality series that takes off the superhero costumes to look at real-life young heroes who are making a difference in their communities with no superpowers other than grit and determination.
“Forky Asks a Question”: Spinning out of “Toy Story 4,” the spork-based toy is getting his own series of shorts best summed up by its title.
“SparkShorts”: Another entry from Pixar, this one spotlights the studio’s award-winning and brilliant animated shorts that have become as popular as their feature films.
“Encore!”: Kristen Bell helms this bizarre reality series that serves as one part musical theater and two parts high school reunion. The premise sees Bell reuniting the casts of high school musical productions to stage an encore production as adults with the assistance of some of Broadway’s best. Promised shows include “The Sound of Music,””Beauty and the Beast,””Annie” and more.
“The World According to Jeff Goldblum” : A NatGeo original, this exclusive streaming series will allow the actor to explore mysteries of the world that intrigue him. This includes things like ice cream and sneakers. Yes, these will be deep dives into things as mundane as that and it’s sure to be brilliantly entertaining. View Story
“Magic of the Animal Kingdom”: Another NatGeo series, this one takes viewers behind the habitats and aquariums of Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Epcot’s aquarium to look at how these popular attractions are curated and managed on a day-to-day basis.
(Untitled Disney Imagineering Series): This documentary series takes an unprecedented look at the 65+ year history of the Disney division, including extensive interviews and looks at Disney’s theme parks around the world.
Disney Vault: The well-known “Disney Vault” will be opened and stay that way with Disney’s entire library of classic films from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves” to today’s classics like “Moana” all available all the time. And all new Disney films, like the upcoming “Frozen 2,” will become exclusive to the platform as well.
Disney Channel: A tremendous volume of content from the full library of Disney Channel’s original movies to entire runs of its popular series will be available from launch. The platform is expected to host approximately 5,000 episodes of programming.
21st Century Fox Films: While it’s not entirely clear how many or which Fox films will make the cut, it is telling that “Avatar” was visible as one of the films available on the scroll bars of the streaming service. It is surely just the tip of the Fox-sized iceberg of content that will make its way onto the platform at some point.
“The Simpsons”: All 30 existing seasons of the Fox classic will be making their new exclusive streaming home on Disney+ and the first family of Fox was more than excited about their new “Disney overlords,” as evidenced by their donning the traditional Mickey Mouse ears in the below promotional video:

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