Disney’s new streaming service secures exclusive Marvel and Star Wars content
Plus Toy Story 4, Frozen 2 and live-action The Lion King.
Disney’s forthcoming streaming platform has reportedly guaranteed exclusive rights to both Marvel and Star Wars titles, in addition to its own Disney films, series and original content.
The new service, due in late 2019, will stream Disney, Marvel and Star Wars movies, its existing television library, plus four to five original Disney series and three to four exclusive Disney films.
CNBC reports Disney chief executive Bob Iger announced the “rich, treasure trove of content” during the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2017 Media, Communications & Entertainment Conference in Los Angeles Thursday.
The move will likely capitalise on Disney’s collection of high-profile, big budget movies scheduled for release in 2019, including Toy Story 4, Frozen 2 and a live-action version of the 1994 animated classic The Lion King.
Unfortunately for US viewers, international versions of Disney’s new streaming product may be offered earlier, as a result of content rights clearances in the States.
There have been no announcements about the cost of the upcoming branded service.
In August, Netflix confirmed Disney movies would remain available on its platform through to the end of 2018.
Earlier this year, Disney revealed it would be launching an ESPN video streaming service in 2018. It will feature around 10,000 sporting events annually, including MLB, NHL, MLS, college sports and tennis’ Grand Slam.
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