Disney Plus: Launch dates, prices, preorder discounts, shows and movies to expect

CNET | 10/14/2019 | Mike Sorrentino,
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Disney has called it the future of the company: Disney Plus. It's the entertainment giant's upcoming streaming service for almost everything it creates. It'll be the exclusive home to stream theatrical blockbusters from Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar and Disney's own studios -- Avengers: Endgame, for example, will be available to stream on Dec. 11. Plus, Disney is ramping up a slate of original shows and movies based on those brands and others.

With less than a month until its launch, Disney Plus has been offering preorders in the US -- some with discounts -- and started touting its library of hundreds of movies.

Front - Years - Service - Example - Disney

If you're willing to pay up front for three years of the service, for example, a special Disney Plus preorder discount saves $40. The $170 three-year total price works out to the equivalent of $4.72 a month, below the $7 rate Disney will charge regular monthly subscribers and beating even Apple TV Plus' $5-a-month cost. But if you're interested in bundling Disney Plus with Hulu and ESPN Plus for a discounted $13 subscription, you should wait until the service's Nov. 12 launch.

Overall, Disney Plus will cost $7 a month in the US, or $70 (about $5.83 a month) if you prepay for a full year. That monthly rate is about half the price of HBO Now and a big discount compared with Netflix. And because Disney Plus will have four simultaneous streams and perks like 4K and Dolby Atmos, its $7 subscription compares most closely with Netflix's $16-a-month tier.

Service - Programming - Company - Big-budget - Franchises

Much of the service's original programming leans into the company's big-budget franchises. Its Marvel original shows, for example, are going to be closely knitted into the storylines that play out on the big screen in theaters. A live-action, big-budget series The Mandalorian is a Star Wars spinoff.

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