Oct. 22 Update: This story was updated per speculation on Marvel's Netflix shows getting a second life on Disney Play.
Disney, tired of sharing all of its shows and movies with Netflix and other services, is building its own streaming service.
Set to launch in 2019, this to-be-named subscription service will offer a library made up of Disney's films and TV shows, as well as original programming based on its biggest properties, such as Star Wars and Marvel. Here's what we know so far.Credit: Lucasfilm
When will Disney's streaming service launch?
According to Deadline, Disney conducted "meetings within the creative community to give a sense of its new OTT service that will launch in fall 2019." A Variety report notes that Disney CEO Bob Iger refers to the service as Disney Play.
How much will Disney's streaming service cost?
While Disney has yet to announce a specific price, Bob Iger said, "I can say that our plan on the Disney side is to price this substantially below where Netflix is. That is in part reflective of the fact that it will have substantially less volume."
If you're going by the standard Netflix plan — which offers HD image quality and up to 2 simultaneous stream — that means Disney's service will likely cost less than $10.99 per month, though Netflix offers other tiers, starting at $7.99 per month and topping out at $13.99 per month.
Will Disney Take its Films from Netflix and Hulu?
Netflix's contract with Disney — which covers films such as Coco, Thor: Ragnarok and Star Wars: The Last Jedi — ends at the end of 2019. That means 2020 is Netflix's deadline to fill that void with other content.
While reporting claimed that the Defenders of Hell's Kitchen, Harlem and the rest of New York will stay where they are — on Netflix — the surprise cancellation of Luke Cage on Oct. 19 has everyone scratching their heads about the future of these shows.
A source familiar with the matter told The Hollywood Reporter that "the cancellation was due to creative differences and the inability to agree to terms for a third season of the show." While the details of the contract between Disney/Marvel and Netflix are unclear, this move does open up an opportunity for Luke Cage to wind up on a new show on Disney Play.
Also of note: Disney's not bringing any R-rated films it owns to the platform, as they're going to Hulu.
What original content will it have?
Disney is aiming to offer four to five original films and five TV shows for the streaming service. A live-action Star Wars TV series directed by Jon Favreau will be one of the highly-touted a centerpiece of this new service.
In October 2018, Favreau revealed that his show will be called The Mandalorian. According to an Instagram post from the veteran director/actor, the show will be set between the events of The Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, and will "follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy."
A Variety report broke news of Disney creating new TV shows based around Marvel Cinematic Universe characters. These live-action shows will include titles dedicated to Loki and The Scarlet Witch, and MCU actors Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olden will be returning to play those characters.
At San Diego Comic-Con 2018, Disney announced that its service will also include a new season of animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, which will conclude the series.
Some of the new films made for the service look to be based on existing properties, such as Lady and the Tramp, Sword and the Stone, and 3 Men and a Baby.
How much of Disney's back catalogue will be there?
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Disney service will start with "around 500 films from the Disney library," as well as "around 7,000 episodes of Disney TV fare."
Iger noted that the service "will have the entire output of the studio, animation, live action at Disney, including Pixar, Star Wars and all the Marvel films."
Where will the service be available?
In terms of devices, we'd bet that Disney launches on everything from the Apple TV to Roku to Amazon's Fire TV. The original Deadline report suggests the service will start in America "and then expand overseas."