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Disney enters streaming industry with promising prospects

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Story by Joseph Rodgers, news editor

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Currently, a trip to Walt Disney World or a login to Netflix will take you to the “Happiest Place on Earth,” but soon, you will be able to enjoy your favorite Disney content all in one place from the comfort of your own living room. In Fall 2019, Disney will launch a new streaming service for its television shows and movies and will remove nearly all of its content from Netflix, Hulu and other streaming services.

Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar and nearly all Disney content, from the original “Snow White” to “Coco,” will be available on this service. Even content from Twenty-First Century Fox could be featured on this service after Disney acquired the company in late 2017. Disney hopes to attract consumers with its popular content and stifle competition from other streaming services by providing the service at a “substantially cheaper” cost than competitors such as Netflix. However, the final price is unknown at this time.

Not all content will be available on the new service, however. All Disney-owned R-rated movies will be available on Hulu, of which Disney owns a 60 percent share. Netflix will retain its rights to all current Marvel live-action series, but all new Marvel series will go to the new service.

The new Disney streaming service will not only seem appealing due to its expansive libraries, but it will feature exclusive content and possibly even allow users to stream box office Disney movies while they are in theaters. This exclusive content will include a live-action “Star Wars” television series directed by Jon Favreau, a new Marvel show, and programs based on “High School Musical” and Pixar’s “Monsters, Inc.”
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Disney has won the streaming war without firing a single shot due to the company’s large volumes of popular content and high returns from acquisitions of top media and entertainment companies.”

— Joseph Rodgers

There will also be several book adaptations including film versions of Charlie N. Holmberg’s “The Paper Magician,” Jerry Spinelli’s “Stargirl,” the “Timmy Failure” series, and oddly, a Billy Ray-penned adaptation of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra’s classic novel “Don Quixote.” Also on the list is “Togo,” a live-action sled dog movie directed by Ericson Core, and a remake of the 1987 Tom Selleck film “Three Men and a Baby.” With the success rate of live-action remakes of Disney classics, the service will also feature live-action remakes of “The Sword in the Stone” and “Lady and the Tramp.”

Disney is investing considerably into the service by coming out with four to five original movies and five TV series for the streaming service as exclusives. The series will cost between $25 and $35 million for 10 episodes, but a more ambitious series could reach up to $100 million. Such costs prove Disney’s hopes that the streaming service will prove profitable.

In short, Disney has won the streaming war without firing a single shot due to the company’s large volumes of popular content and high returns from acquisitions of top media and entertainment companies. As the launch date of the service approaches, more information will be released regarding content and pricing.

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