On April 11, Disney finally revealed the first details on its highly anticipated Disney+ streaming service, including how much Disney+ will cost, when it will be available, and some of the content that will be hosted on the service.
Disney+ will cost $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year when it launches on November 12, 2019. Over time, the Disney+ streaming service will add basically every Disney movie ever made, including Star Wars and Marvel films, as well as the company’s expansive library of animated classics. And thanks to Disney’s purchase of 20th Century Fox, Disney+ will launch with all 30 seasons of The Simpsons available to stream on day one.
The only episode of The Simpsons that won’t be on Disney+ is the season 3 episode “Stark Raving Dad” due to the renewed controversy over guest star Michael Jackson in the wake of the Leaving Neverland documentary. Additionally, Song of the South, a 1946 live-action/animated musical that has been widely criticized as racist, may also be left off the service, though nothing official on that front has been announced by Disney so far.
As far as original programming, Disney+ sounds like it is gearing up to go head-to-head with all the other streaming services and put up a serious fight. It will launch with a live-action Star Wars TV series called The Mandalorian, with series set in the Marvel Cinematic universe based on Falcon, The Winter Soldier, Hawkeye, Loki, Scarlet Witch, Vision, and more coming in 2020 and beyond.
Disney also confirmed that Disney+ will be available on video game consoles. So not only will Disney+ be available on PCs and mobile devices, but subscribers can also watch it on PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. It’s likely that the service will eventually migrate to next-generation consoles like the PS5 and next Xbox when they are released.
More details on what consoles Disney+ will launch for should become available closer to the service’s November 12 launch date.