If you're a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Star Wars, Pixar, Mickey Mouse, and every other classic Disney movie, chances are you're interested in the company's upcoming streaming service, Disney Play. Sure, between Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, DC Universe, CBS All Access, HBO Now, and many, many more, there are a lot of streaming services begging you to subscribe, but Disney Play might just be the most enticing if only because the House of Mouse owns so many beloved franchises, and this will be the only place to stream them.
Disney Play will launch in 2019, though the company hasn't provided an exact date yet. In the meantime, here is everything you need to know about Disney Play.
WHAT SHOWS AND MOVIES WILL BE ON DISNEY PLAY?
Disney has a gigantic catalog, and that will be reflected on Disney Play. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, CEO Bob Iger revealed that about 500 movies from the Disney library, along with about 7,000 episodes of Disney TV shows, will hit the service.
"It will have the entire output of the studio, animation, live action at Disney, including Pixar, Star Wars and all the Marvel films," Iger said in the interview, though there will be some missing titles.
WHAT ABOUT THE MARVEL SHOWS ON HULU AND NETFLIX?
Netflix's struck a deal with Disney for the streaming rights to Marvel and Star Wars movies, but that deal expires in 2020. This means that Ant-Man and the Wasp will be the last MCU movie to hit Netflix, and that starting with Captain Marvel, Disney Play will be the only place to stream the franchise.
However, according to the New York Times, there are "no current plans" to remove the Netflix original series featuring Marvel characters — that's Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Defenders, and The Punisher. Hulu's original Marvel series Runaways will likely remain on Hulu, as Disney hasn't indicated that it will be nabbing that series.
WHAT ELSE IS MISSING?
In addition to the missing Netflix shows, there will be some notable omissions. The first six Star Wars movies will not be available to stream on Disney Play. Even though the House of Mouse got the rights to the movies when the bought the franchise in 2012, they sold the TV rights to Turner Broadcasting. That means that until 2024, only TNT and TBS have the ability to stream Episodes I through VI. Bloomberg reports that Disney is trying to buy the rights back, though nothing has come from the talks yet.
Additionally, there won't be any R-rated movies on Disney Play, and any R-rated titles will instead be available to stream on Hulu. Disney doesn't make many R-rated movies, though the company owns Touchstone Pictures, which has released a few films with that rating, including Con Air and Starship Troopers. Disney used to own Miramax, which made plenty of R-rated films, but since they sold the production company in 2010, none of those films would be Disney's to stream anymore, regardless.
There is one big question mark when it comes to Disney's library, though. Disney is in the progress of acquiring Fox, though it's unclear if any Fox movies — including the X-Men franchise and Avatar — will eventually end up on Disney Play.
WHAT ORIGINAL CONTENT WILL BE ON DISNEY PLAY?
In addition to putting a ton of old stuff on Disney Play, the company is also going to produce a lot of original content. According to Deadline, Disney aims to produce four or five movies and five original TV series for the service's first year. Some of the upcoming titles include Don Quixote, Lady and the Tramp, The Paper Magician, Stargirl, Togo, Magic Camp, 3 Men and a Baby, Sword and the Stone, and Timmy Failure, though it's unclear when exactly to expect any of these films.
The original TV side is going to be very exciting, especially for Star Wars and Marvel fans. Jon Favreau is making a live-action Star Wars series that's set three years after Return of the Jedi, while Variety recently broke the news that Disney's also making live-action Loki and Scarlet Witch shows, starring MCU actors Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen.
There will also be series based on Monsters Inc. and High School Musical.
WILL ESPN BE PART OF DISNEY PLAY?
Naw. Disney owns ESPN, but sports have their own separate streaming service. ESPN+ recently crossed the 1 million subscribers mark.
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
There isn't an exact price yet, but it's thankfully looking like Disney Play won't be all that expensive. In an earnings call in late 2017, Iger said the Disney Play's price point will be "substantially below where Netflix is." Netflix costs between $8 and $14 a month, so if Disney's plans haven't changed, signing up for Disney Play won't take too much of a toll on your wallet.