Disney CEO Bob Iger has been speaking about the Disney streaming service, which is set to launch late next year.
Iger explained to Variety that new Disney films including Dumbo, Captain Marvel and Avengers 4 will make their way onto the streaming service after their cinematic releases. There will be new films made especially for this new online platform, too, including the Lady And The Tramp remake and Anna Kendrick’s Noelle. There will also be TV shows made for the service, such as new spins on Monsters Inc and High School Musical.
All Star Wars films released in 2019 and beyond will appear on the streaming service, as well, although older Star Wars movies are tied up in licensing deals elsewhere and will – as a result of that – fail to appear on the Disney streaming service. Jon Favreau is also developing a Star Wars TV series, which will be exclusive to the service.
Iger stressed that he doesn’t want to overwhelm members with too much content from the off. This “lower volume” of content, Iger believes, could make the Disney streaming service a cheaper alternative to Netflix.
“We want to walk before we run when it comes to volume of content”, Variety quotes Iger as saying. And he also said, “We have to put enough on to make sense from a price-to-value relationship perspective.”
Iger also stressed that the streaming service’s “marketing will make clear that it’s not going to be on there,” so no one should end up feeling shortchanged.
Iger said that the streaming service is planned to launch at the end of next year, although an exact date is yet to be announced.
We’ll keep you posted as we hear more.