New Disney Streaming Service Will Cost "Substantially" Less Than Netflix

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Disney's plans for a new streaming service were first revealed back in August, but it was the news this week that the studio is planning new Star Wars and Marvel TV shows that gave fans a better idea of what to expect from it. Disney CEO Bob Iger has now spoken about the service and revealed that it will cost less than Netflix to subscribe to.

As reported by The Wrap, Iger explained that the price of the service will be connected to the amount of content that it will carry. "Our plan on the Disney side is to price this substantially below where Netflix is," he said "That is in part reflective of the fact it'll have less volume."

The service will launch with "a lot of high quality" content and will increase its price as the platform adds titles over time. For reference, the cost of a Netflix subscription currently ranges from $8 to $14 a month.

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The service is set to launch in 2019. It is expected that all Disney content, including releases from Marvel, Star Wars, and Pixar, will eventually disappear from Netflix and be solely available to stream on the new platform. In addition, fans can expect a live-action Star Wars show, an unnamed Marvel series, and shows based on Monsters Inc. and High School Musical.

In related news, it has also been announced that Rian Johnson will write and direct the first of a new set of Star Wars movies. Johnson is directing next month's Star Wars: The Last Jedi and will move on to the new trilogy once Star Wars: Episode IX is out in 2019.

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Disney will kill Netflix I hope they do.

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Wake me if they add Dave The Barbarian.

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It's Disney. It will become the most expensive streaming service in no time.

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I thought about this ages ago and it's become a bigger problem now. With the success of netflix everyone wants to bring out their own streaming service which is annoying. It's good for business but also fractures the industry and what people will watch, for example I really want to watch the grand tour but it's a prime only service, I can only afford netflix and I certainly am not the only one who's like this.

with disney following suit, it'll be worse. Even then I'd be okay except shows like Daredevil are probably going to get canned.

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I cancelled netflix ages ago when they kept putting the price up it use to be £4.99 and now its £8.99 I believe. Pirating and streaming from here on out.

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I won't be signing up... but I wonder if they are looking at CBS All-Access, supposedly they had (for them) a large increase in subscribers with Star Trek: Discovery. But, what happens when Star Trek ends, how many will drop? How many will sign up for a month and then binge Trek, then drop?

Netflix got around that by creating a huge number of shows that are always rotating on to hold you to them. I think in this coming year they will be spending ~$8 billion in content.

I just can't see Disney matching this. Another thing, many love the Disney movies (including Star Wars and Marvel) so they buy the DVDs. If you buy them (many times for the extras), why have the service? You now own what you want?

I would say that is unique, because why buy what you can stream for a fee? But I gotta admit, for me, I want to "own" my Star Wars movies.

It'll be interesting to see if they can pull this off... without me. ;-)

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Not really considering I could watch Disney's stuff on Netflix just for the cost of Netflix before. So now I'm supposed to pay for Netflix AND Disney. How that equates to a lower price is beyond me. Are they expecting people to drop Netflix in favor of Disney?

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@bdrtfm: I guess. It doesn't make sense to me either.

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They think because they will have a lower price than Netflix, that they will be successful. Folks we have seen this strategy before with companies like Disney. They sell you a service for a low price to get into the market, and then when they have a huge install base, they jack up the price or prices triple times the amount of the competition they were competing from the beginning. Walmart is a huge example of this bait and switch game

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Everybody wants to be a netflix what they fail to understand is netflix is successful because they were the first, these streaming services are followers who will never get the same success as netflix and some of them will flop, that's the big problem nobody wants to be creative they just want to follow you.

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@hardcoregamer1: Netflix is 20 billion in debt, to say its successful is premature.

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@donjuancorleone: Actually they are $4.8 billion in debt with a $75 billion equity market value. Don't just google something and pick the first source you come to and assume it's correct.

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@bdrtfm: The first page of a Google search has multiple figures for how much theyre in debt. Regardless of the actual figure I was just saying that calling them successful is premature.

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Disney Entertainment Rewatch Platform, or DERP.

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Disney has a habit of re-releasing their works briefly, then putting them back in the Disney Vault. Given the nature of streaming means you don't have access to a local copy, it means they have more control over it and can put them back in the Disney Vault when ever they feel like it, thus denying people access to stuff they want to watch whenever they feel like it. I'd rather buy the cartoons and movies I want on DVD instead.

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For me, as I said before, I will only pay for a Disney subscription service if they put every single Disney produced thing on it. Including old TV shows (mickey mouse club original and the 90s, Wonderful World of Disney, the old cartoons, every single thing).

If I could find every single Disney film produced product from all of time I would pay a subscription for that service. I will not pay for a subscription to a bunch of their bad kid TV shows from the 2000s to now, and/or sequels no one wanted that they kept putting out in the early 2000s, or even their recent films (which range from hit to miss). It has to be everything or no sale. Period.

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@cornbredx: I don't think they could really do that. Some of their early stuff is incredible racist. For instance their portrayal of the Japanese during the war propaganda days.

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@pointingmonkey: I don't believe in erasing history- whatever you want to label it. I can still easily buy (and did) all of the original Dick Tracy cartoons on DVD (in a store no less- which was honestly surprising) which have notoriously racist depictions of many races. It's historically significant none the less and interesting and should not be ignored just because some people are offended by the past (which, sometimes, you should be, but you should also be interested in it).

You also cannot learn from the past if you erase or ignore it.

Anyway- all of it or no sale.

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@cornbredx: I agree with you, but from a business stand point, it doesn't make sense for Disney to make them widely available. I have a lot of those cartoons in my collection. I also considered buying a copy of Gone with the Wind, when there was talk of banning it from release. I'm also willing to bet that I'm probably one of the few, or perhaps the only person on this message board, who owns a copy of the original Birth of a Nation, widely regarded as the most racist film of all time.

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@pointingmonkey: they already released all that content in the form of the walt disney treasure dvds back in the mid 2000s. i have a fair number of them. not all of them are racist, and the ones that are, they could leave out.

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@Xristophoros: I'm aware of that. But at least with that they gave people the option of whether they want themselves, or more importantly their kids gaining access to said content. Because let's face it, even when it comes down to just plain bad parenting, it's always the faceless corporation that is at fault.

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@pointingmonkey: Probably a good idea to release that stuff into the public domain in an attempt to sever all ties from it.

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@Jinzo_111887: This is Disney we're talking about here. When Steamboat Willie was on the verge of entering the public domain, they got the laws changed. No way they're going to open up their content for people to make money off.

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Just what we need, another player in the streaming service space. Cable/Satellite will look a lot better if you have to subscribe to 30 different services. No thank you.

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Sorry, but no. Everyone has seen nextflix's success and is trying to reproduce it. I don't have cable or satellite television, but I have Netflix, amazon prime, and hulu (which in total is less than cable monthly here), and that's more than enough for me. Not every network needs it's own streaming service. These will die off in a couple years.

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