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By Kelvin Owens

Following an investors call today, Disney has released detailed plans for its Disney+ streaming service which will launch November 12th and come in at a price of around $6.99 per month or a $69.99 annual subscription.

The service is ad-free and will be available on gaming consoles, smart TV’s, web browsers, tablets, mobile devices and connected streaming devices. Disney+ will allow downloading of all content so as to be accessible offline. Content, where possible, will be available in 4K HDR.

Within the first year Disney+ will include 7,500 episodes, 25 original series, 400 library movie titles, and 100 recent theatrical film releases. Amongst the content that will be available:
AT LAUNCH:
– The first-ever live-action “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian”.
– “Captain Marvel”, at least 11 other MCU films & several Marvel animated series
– All “Star Wars” movies + ‘Rebels’ and ‘Clone Wars’ series
– Disney’s entire 13-film Signature Collection
– First 30 Seasons Of “The Simpsons”
– The live-action “Lady and the Tramp” film
– “The World According to Jeff Goldblum” Reality Series
– “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series”
– Numerous unscripted original series
– 250+ hours of National Geographic content
– Catalogue films including: “Avatar,” “Mary Poppins,” “The Rocketeer,” “Tron”
– Disney Channel content (100+ Films, 5000+ episodes) including: “Boy Meets World,” “Ducktales” (1987 & 2016), “Kim Possible,” “That’s So Raven”.
WITHIN FIRST YEAR:
– All Disney theatrical releases from 2019 onwards
– All Pixar movies and shorts.
– Marvel Series: “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier,” “What If…”
– The new “Phineas and Ferb” Movie & Entire Series
– “Monsters At Work” – the “Monsters Inc.” Series
– “Diary of a Female President,” “Love Simon,” “The Sandlot” Series
– “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” Season 7
– More unscripted original series
– Multi-Episode “Into the Unknown: Making Frozen 2” Doco
– Original movies: “Noelle,” “Timmy Failure,” “Stargirl,” “Togo”.
WITHIN TWO YEARS:
– Marvel Series: “WandaVision,” “Loki”
– The announced this week “Hawkeye” Mini-Series
– The untitled Cassian Andor “Rogue One” prequel series

Disney hopes to eventually launch the service in each major region of the world over the next two years, starting with the U.S. before hitting Europe, Latin America, and Asia. For a TBD price, Disney will sell Disney+, ESPN+, and Hulu as a bundle.
According to The Wall Street Journal earlier today, the reason the service is not launching until late Fall is that the studio is expecting millions of users in the early days of the service and so needs plenty of testing time to make sure the launch goes smoothly and without the kind of bugs, server overloads and software hiccups that seem to accompany every major multiplayer game launch these days.

The interface, which looks like a hybrid of the Netflix and Apple TV menus, is demonstrated in the video below.