Less than a week after Mickey Mouse’s 90th anniversary, Disney debuted the name of their upcoming direct-to-consumer streaming service: Disney+.
According to Disney the service will be launched at the end of 2019.
What does this mean for all the Disney content on Netflix and other streaming services? In short, it will all be gone. Disney content, including older animated movies like The Lion King as well as Pixar, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm projects, will all be leaving competing streaming services and are slated to exist only on Disney+.
However, Disney isn’t just holding all of its existing content hostage in exchange for whatever’s left in your bank account. According to Thrillist and other announcements made by Disney, original content and new projects will populate the service.
While Disney CEO Bob Iger announced in September 2017 that “The Disney-branded app will also include around four to five original TV series, and the studio will produce three to four TV movies for the direct-to-consumer offering,” Disney recently tweeted out the subjects of these projects.
One of the series is set to center around everyone’s favorite God of Mischief, Loki. Tom Hiddleston will star in the production-and no, that’s not some sort of trick.
— IGN (@IGN) November 8, 2018
Nostalgic Gen-Z’s will also be able to view a new take on High School Musical where the story revolves around a high school production of High School Musical, according to Thrillist. Meta.
Other projects include a series based in the Monster’s Inc. universe and a live action Star Wars series set to take place after the fall of the Empire and before the rise of the First Order.
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings is reportedly just as excited as the rest of us:
“We’ll all learn from each other and total streaming will grow faster because of the competition,” said Hastings in 2017.
This new streaming-based competition is set to mirror the cable network races that accompanied the rise of television.
For this reason, it’s likely that more bundling of services and discounts for certain groups like students will occur. While it looks like Disney’s content is going to conglomerate in Disney+, it’s also likely that the service won’t break the bank, as similar services launched by Disney in the U.K. cost their subscribers less than $7 a month.
Regardless of future costs, there is still some Disney content on Netflix for the time being.