Disney+ is on track to become the most anticipated streaming service this season. Both in terms of quantity of content and releases as well as quality. The Los Angeles, California-based company has taken advantage of its bi-annual D23 event last week to unveil all the details that were missing from its new service. In it, Apple devices will have a special role. Let’s see what it all comes down to.
Price, date and new Disney+ releases
Disney’s new service is a heavyweight in the streaming market . The company will be responsible for the exclusive recovery of most of the content ceded to third party platforms in order to incorporate it into Disney+ . This means that films such as Star Wars Episodes 1-6 will only be able to be seen on it, while the most recent films in the saga will probably remain on Netflix. Although this will surely change in the future.
At XatakaEverything we know about Disney+: compatible devices, catalogue, price and release date
With Disney+ we will have access to a library of more than 500 movies and more than 7,500 episodes of series. At CNET they have a quite exhaustive list of titles, among which they stand out:
- Star Wars movies and series.
- Pixar movies.
- Marvel films and series.
- Classic Disney movies.
- Series like Malcolm, The Simpsons, and Me and the World
- Content of the National Geographic Channel.
All 2019 film releases will appear in due course at Disney+, while others made earlier will have to wait until the agreements with third parties for distribution “expire”. This is the case of some recent Marvel or Star Wars films.
In addition to the initial catalogue, what is attracting the most attention from the public is the price that Disney+ will have. The company has confirmed that it will have a monthly fee of $6.99 (Apple TV+ is rumored to be $9.99). There will also be a annual fee of $69 , that is, where you save two monthly payments in exchange for paying the year in advance (same prices in euros). This subscription will include 4 simultaneous devices in 4K quality (Netflix equivalent plan is $15.99). Regarding its launch, Disney has confirmed the following:
- November 12th: USA, Canada and Holland.
- November 19: Australia and New Zealand.
- Western Europe: between Q1 and Q2 of FY2020
- Latin America: Q1 of FY2021
The launch date in Europe and Latin America is according to Disney’s fiscal calendar. Although many media outlets have reported that it would result in a launch in the first half of 2020 for the first region and the first quarter of 2021 for the second, the truth is that it would occur earlier. The company’s fiscal year begins in October, so Disney+ could arrive between October 2019 and March 2020 in Europe and in late 2020 in Latin America.
For its launch, Disney+ will also have new original content. Highlights the Star Wars series “The Mandalorian” , focused on a bounty hunter between the fall of the Empire and the rise of the First Order. There will also be a series on “High School Musical: The Musical”, a remake of “The Lady and the Tramp”, a Christmas comedy called “Noelle”, a series entitled “The World According to Jeff Goldblum” another film called “Encore!” and a series of short films called “Forky asks questions” about this character from Toy Story 4.
Disney+ and Apple devices: here’s what we know
In addition to all this information, Disney has shared details about its deployment on various platforms. In addition to Google and Roku devices , game consoles and browsers, you can find the day of its launch at
- iPad with iPadOS.
- Apple TV with tvOS (we understand that from the fourth generation onwards).
A notable absence from this list is Amazon’s devices, although Disney is open to expand the list between now and the launch of Disney+. However, integration with Apple TV Channels is not on the table at the moment. According to The Verge:
The good news: Apple devices will be among those compatible at the launch of Disney+ (it was inevitable given their reach in users) and we will also enjoy some integration in the Apple TV app. The bad news is that this integration will not be total as with HBO or Starz, where the user remains in the Apple app when viewing content from these sources, among other advantages. That said, as with supported platforms, the situation could change in the future.
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Of course, having a Disney+ with full integration into the Apple TV app would be a big plus. So far it has only managed to attract important but minor players in the streaming contest . The absence of Netflix was obvious, but the fact that Disney+ is not complete could be a problem for the ambitions of Apple’s content aggregator.