If you weren’t planning on subscribing to the Disney+ Streaming Service after they announced that Star Wars and Marvel shows would be a mainstay on the platform, then you certainly will be signing up now.
According to CNBC, Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed in an investors meeting today that they would eventually, “put its entire motion picture library on the service, including movies that have traditionally been kept in its archives.” This means Disney will open the floodgates and allow viewers to see what is normally kept in the “Disney Vault.”
For those not aware of the “Disney Vault,” it was a marketing strategy implemented by Disney to drum up home video sales. A Disney movie would be released on home video then after a few months the company would stop printing new copies and seal it away in the “vault.” They would stop creating new copies for years at a time, then would make a big deal about opening the vault for a particular movie for a new home video “release.” For example, just this past week the “Signature Edition” for Disney’s The Little Mermaid was just released on Blu-ray after six years of not being in circulation since the “Diamond Edition” was released in 2013.
This is a huge selling point for the Disney+ service, especially if there is a particular movie that you haven’t seen in years and have not been able to find anywhere. In my case, its Disney’s animated 101 Dalmatians. I have been wanting to see this movie for months and have been unable to find a copy anywhere or find it on any streaming service. So to get my fix I would have to subscribe to Disney+.
Disney hasn’t set a release date for Disney+ outside of announcing that it would be “later in 2019.” And it is unknown what the initial monthly cost would be, but Iger did reveal that the service would cost less than Netflix. However, this could change so don’t hold your breath.
With this announcement it means that Disney+ will include movie titles from Disney, Marvel, Pixar, and Lucasfilm. It also means that it will house new TV shows for Star Wars like the anticipated The Mandalorian as well as Marvel spin-off shows like the previously announced Loki TV show.
What do you think of this announcement? Will you be subscribing to yet another streaming service in Disney+? Or is it getting to be too much? Leave a comment below and let’s make a discussion out of it.