Disney Plus: Everything you need to know (The Daily Charge, 8/29/2019)
The Daily Charge
Today on The Daily Charge we're diving deep on Disney+.
Launch day, price plans, features, bundles and that killer pre-order deal.
Good morning and welcome to Cnet's Daily Charge.
It's Thursday August 29th.
I'm Bridget Carey.
I'm Joni Salzman.
And today we're taking a deep dive into Disney Plus.
Disney plus is the streaming video service design as the single hub to stream all of things Disney TV shows, movie some classics some new stuff.
Just for the service, and everyone I talked to about it has so many questions.
So Joan, start us off with the basics.
Disney plus it's gonna be launching on November 12th.
In the US, Canada and the Netherlands.
There's gonna be a progressive rollout, Basically over the world, over the next two years, starting with in the first year.
And it's gonna have basically everything from, it's gonna kinda be lumping everything together from five different places in Disney.
Disney Proper, so Disney animation and also live action stuff.
Like the live action Lion King and Beauty and the Beast.
Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar, and then National Geographic.
And then to spice things up, they're sprinkling some of those Fox things in too.
So the Simpsons is going to live there, Deadpool, X Men, eventually, but we don't have exact dates unlike when you're getting Everything right?
So we know what we're gonna have at lunch and that's pretty expansive.
But for example, we're not gonna have every single Marvel movie at launch because licensing is so complicated.
These are really lucrative properties for Disney and so on.
Even though they had been planning this service for a while, they've been licencing for streaming, those things.
And those are locked up for other services for some time, but we'll have basically all the Star Wars movies, except for the ones that have just been release, and like classics, months one year or so.
All the Pixar movies except for the same thing, the ones that have just been released And it's gonna have tons and tons of originals in those franchises and others.
Yeah, I remember that Mandalorian trailer everyone was buzzing about.
You were at D23, so what's been going on this week because there's been a lot of new things that dropped, the pre-orders began.
Take us through.
Exactly so in the last week there's been D 23 where they unveiled a lot.
They not only unveiled first looks at some of these originals that people are anticipating but they also announced new things that.
New Series that we didn't know there's gonna be three more Marvel series on top of, I think five Marvel series they have already announced.
And there's going to be for example and Obi Wan Kenobi.
Yes, there is an original series.
With you and McGregor reprising his role.
So excited I gotta be honest with.
So that was basically Disney plus is like big publicity public kickoff for the service, getting people excited, normal people that will be subscribers excited about what they're gonna be offering in a couple months.
And then the second thing It is they began these deeply discounted pre orders so that people who really want to sign up make a commitment to subscribe for three years can get it at a much lower rate.
I think the, well the normal rate is a monthly $7 Price.
If you commit for three years it'll lower that monthly price.
Basically, it works out to being $3.92.
Well, as someone who's got kids, you're just like, yes, you're gonna need that, right?
And also just people who are fans, it makes it easy.
But a lot of people I talk to are wondering, what about the thing I watched when I was a kid.
Everyone's question always changes.
It's either, what about the Disney afternoon shows like Darkwing Duck and TaleSpin.
Or it's like, what.
What about that one Stars Wars holiday special?
Like everyone has that question I mean when it comes to those question so how does Disney respond when you have your interviews when it comes to like specific things?
Right, so specific titles especially with catalog they're not emphasizing that yet.
Mostly because I think that it's easy to get lost in the weeds because, like you said, everyone has their one thing from way back when that they hope that it's gonna be on there.
But we do know that all the Disney animated so-called vaults movies are gonna be there.
So your Snow White, all your old stuff, okay.
Yes, Cinderellas, those Sort of things.
We know that there's going to be some of the like old school Disney TV programming in there, but they haven't been as forthcoming about the catalog stuff because they're really emphasizing the stuff that has been like blockbuster record breaking
Film franchises and other things that they're going to be making specifically for the service.
They've been really leaning hard into the stuff they know is mass popular right now or originals that are kind of be leaning into that what they've been doing already.>>When this on launch day.
There already is some stuff on Netflix that has Disney content are we just getting the instant like boom it's gone off Netflix it's all in Disney plus are going to be like still in some other places.
So the way the Netflix thing is working.
Background is about five years ago, Disney agreed that Netflix would be what's called its pay one window provider.
So for the last three years, Netflix has been the first place once movies leave theaters and are available for a subscription video service.
Now FOX has been replaced,what happened at the beggining of 2019 any movie that Disney released starting with Captain Marvel and ending with Mary Poppins,those movies switched from being on.
Netflix to being reserved for Disney plus.
So Mary Poppins on Netflix is the last Disney movie that'll be on there.
It may persist on Netflix beyond the launch of Disney Plus, but everything starting with Captain Marvel going forward it's all gonna be a Disney Plus.
And if isn't gonna get a Back it's not going to get it back with the asterisk that there might be like five years.>> [LAUGH] .>> [INAUDIBLE] .>> Down the line they might get some disney movies but that's that's five years well adding to the like the whole mixing jumble is these bundles with hulu like like like can you can you break down like all right.
sure that there's the pre orders that are a discount but there's also like this bundle with Hulu and ESPN, right?
So there's this big discount just for Disney plus itself.
If you want to commit for three years then they're going to bundle Disney plus with Disney's two other main streaming services, that's Hulu and ESPN+.
You'll get all three of those for $13 a month.
That's basically $5 off the price if you subscribed to all three separately.
Other ways to think about it are, that gets all three of those for the same price as Netflix's most popular plan in the US.
It also basically means you're getting Hulu with ads and Disney Plus with ESPN Plus sort of thrown in for free cuz it's a $5 service.
Okay, a very basic question here, if Disney Streaming has all the Disney stuff.
Then what would be on Hulu that wouldn't be on Disney's thing, cuz I think that could confuse people sometimes.
And I think even there's a lot of analysts that criticize Disney for taking this approach.
But the main thing to keep in mind as a consumer and someone who wants to watch these things, it's basically anything that's pG 13 or softer.
It's gonna be on Disney plus and that includes like every Star Wars movie, every Marvel movie, Disney is known for having that family for.
Now since they've acquired Fox, they've got things like Deadpool and FX
As I'm saying, we estimated ourselves.
All this time that's edgier is going to be living on Hulu's.
So, for example, Marvel is gonna be making A collection of adult oriented Marvel cartoons like Howard the Duck and others.
They're calling it the Offenders.
These aren't gonna be on Disney Plus.
[LAUGH] The Offenders.
These aren't gonna be on Disney Plus.
The Offenders won't be on Disney Plus.
They'll only be on Hulu.
So the idea of that Disney Plus will have parental controls, but even without them it's a place that's safe for the entire family, and even the youngest kids can be in there and not see something.
That's really, really not appropriate
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I'm Bridget Carrie.
I'm Jody Saltzman thanks for joining us.