Today, Disney launched its long-awaited OTT Disney+ in the US, Canada and Holland. The platform’s debut included a catalog of almost 500 movies and 7,500 TV episodes from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic and the company’s original productions. Its monthly subscription is valued at USD 6.99, and it is possible to bundle it with Hulu and ESPN+ for USD 12.99 in the US. The launch of the platform in Latin America is scheduled for 2020.
‘The launch of Disney+ is a historic moment for our company, which means a new era of innovation and creativity,” said Robert A. Iger, President and CEO at The Walt Disney Company. ‘Disney+ offers an exceptional entertainment experience, featuring our library of movies, TV series and original content exclusive from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic’, the executive added.
The original Disney + series will be released weekly. To the two episodes of each one, which were released today because of the platform’s launch, new episodes will be added from this Friday, November 15th at 12:01 a.m.
As part of the release, Disney+ premiered its first series and original productions, including The Mandalorian, the first epic live action series in the Star Wars saga; The Lady and the Tramp, a live action remake of the 1955 animated classic; Noelle, an original Christmas comedy movie starring Anna Kendrick; High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, a new series scripted and set in the East High of real life that was presented in the successful franchise; the documentary series The World According to Jeff Goldblum, from National Geographic; Marvel’s Hero Project, which celebrates extraordinary children who make a difference in their communities; Encore!, with the executive production of Kristen Bell; the six-episode documentary The Imagineering Story, by director Leslie Iwerks, nominated for the Emmy and the Oscar; Pixar IRL and Disney Family Sundays short-form series, and the animated short film collections SparkShorts and Forky Asks a Question, from Pixar Animation Studios. The 30 seasons of The Simpsons are also included. Subscribers will also have access to a collection of 4K Ultra HD films, which include the first seven Star Wars movies, available for the first time in that format, together with Abracadabra, Who cheated on Roger Rabbit?, The first three Toy Story’s movies, and more.
Before the release date, Disney had announced the entire Disney+ catalog through a video.
Disney+ also offers its subscribers a high-quality experience without ads, on up to four simultaneous broadcasts, unlimited downloads on up to ten devices, personalized recommendations and the ability to configure up to seven different profiles.
Disney+ was launched today, and is aimed to be launched in most of the world’s leading markets in its first two years. Available now in the US, Canada and Holland, Disney+ will launch next week in Australia, New Zealand and Puerto Rico, on November 19th.