January 22, 2019

New Details About Disney's New Streaming Service Launching in 2019

10 February 2018, 10:03 | Joann Bryant

Disney Inaugural Streaming Service Slate To Include Marvel And Star Wars Titles

Disney Streaming Service Details Surface; No R-Rated Content or Netflix Marvel Shows

Some information has been released about Disney's new streaming service, which will launch in the fall of 2019.

That's according to BTIG analyst Rich Greenfield, who says the media giant can't compete with the likes of Netflix, because it refuses to go "all-in" on streaming.

As Recode spotted, Disney CEO Bob Iger told investors during the company's earnings call that ESPN Plus will feature content "not now featured on the main channels".

While we've known for a while that Disney would be getting Marvel and Star Wars series, it sounds like they are hoping to start off strong with those brands at launch. Right now, Disney makes a ton of money selling ESPN as part of cable packages, and it doesn't want to accelerate the demise of cable by giving consumers a legitimate alternative. No price point just yet, but the big news-which isn't super surprising-is that the streaming service will not include any R-rated movies when it launches. That doesn't meant the Marvel Netflix shows won't eventually be available on the Disney streaming service, but those grittier and more violent series will continue to be developed and launched at Netflix for now. Such shows include multiple Star Wars projects, a live-action Marvel series, and small-screen adaptations of Disney-Pixar's Monsters, Inc. and the Disney Channel movie series High School Musical. Because of that wording, I can only expect that this series will not be a live-action one, but the animated follow-up to Star Wars Rebels that we reported was staffing up recently. Now, on the television side, 10 episodes are expected to cost from $25 million to $35 million, but Disney seems open to more expensive series, which could be in the $100 million range for a 10 episode season.

Projects that are in development include a 3 Men and a Baby reboot, Sword and the Stone, and Timmy Failure, which will be directed by Tom McCarthy.

In post-production and bound for the streaming service are the Mark Waters-directed Magic Camp, and the Mark Lawrence-directed Noelle with Anna Kendrick, Bill Hader and Shirley MacLaine. How this affects the current United Kingdom straming service, Disney Life, remains to be seen.

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