Disney Plus streaming service: Release date, price, shows and movies to expect

CNET | 7/16/2019 | Mike Sorrentino,
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They beat Thanos. Can they beat Netflix?

Disney is betting big on its 2019 streaming service called Disney Plus, the entertainment giant's forthcoming service to stream almost all things Disney. It'll be the the hub to watch to big-budget Star Wars and Marvel Cinematic Universe films -- Avengers: Endgame will be available to stream starting Dec. 11 -- plus all the Pixar movies and a bunch of original shows and movies based on those franchises and others.

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Much of the original programming planned for Disney Plus leans into the company's big-budget franchises like Marvel and Star Wars. Some shows -- like the live-action, big-budget The Mandalorian -- have completed filming and will be available at launch. Other Marvel spinoffs, like a show based on Avengers character Loki and WandaVision featuring Scarlet Witch and Vision, will debut in its second year.

Disney seems confident in its original series already. The Mandalorian's cost per episode reportedly approached $15 million. By comparison, Game of Thrones didn't hit that kind of budget until its final season. And even though it won't premiere until Nov. 12, executive producer Jon Favreau is already writing The Mandalorian's second season.

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(CNET has a comprehensive list of all the titles Disney confirmed will be on its streaming service.)

Still, Disney's biggest reveal yet about the new streaming streaming service was its price: Disney Plus will cost $7 a month, half the price of HBO Now and a big discount compared with Netflix.

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Disney's gambit has been met with some major expectations, too. Even though Disney Plus won't launch until November and the company's marketing machine has yet to ramp up, 43% of people in the US were interested in subscribing, according to a UBS survey in June. And the rivalry with Netflix is already heated. Disney has begun holding back its...
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