Following Disney’s announcement in August that it would be starting its own streaming services, many questioned what they would look like. Yesterday, Disney CEO Robert Iger answered some of those questions.
As we already know from the company’s August press release, Disney is planning on launching an ESPN-branded, multi-sport video service as soon as the spring of 2018. Then, in 2019, it will pull all Disney films from streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu, each of which currently offer a limited selection of Disney, Pixar, and Marvel movies.
On Tuesday, Iger provided additional clarification, saying the new streaming service would feature classic Disney and Pixar movies, new releases like the upcoming Frozen sequel, and exclusive, original movies that will not be released in theaters. With many people speculating the service will likely cost about $5 per month, it may wind up being the most cost-efficient solution for parents (and adults) wanting access to the complete Disney library.
Iger also provided new details on ESPN’s new streaming service, which he said would feature an additional 10,000 sporting events per year. He also said the new ESPN service “may possibly become the only way you watch ESPN.” That could mean major shake-ups for cord-cutters currently subscribed to comprehensive services like Sling TV or DIRECTV NOW, so be sure to keep an eye on our rankings for the best ways to watch ESPN in the coming months.
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