Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Disney Streaming Service Won't Include Pre-2019 Star Wars Films

Disney Streaming Service Won't Include Pre-2019 Star Wars Films

Disney is gearing up to release their new streaming service, and it looks like they will be giving Netflix and Hulu some very powerful competition.

Iger told analysts in the Q&A session following the results announcement that Disney would "walk before we run" in terms of building content for the service and added that the Disney OTT offering would "not have anything close to the volume that Netflix has".

There is still some time until Disney's streaming service launches and becomes huge, but it's going to happen an today's earnings call is evidence of it.

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Disney exec Ricky Strauss is in charge of the new streaming service, as president of content and marketing. Let's not forget that Disney is acquiring 21st Century Fox.

It's been one of the bigger mysteries surrounding Disney's upcoming streaming service: what's going to happen to all those Marvel Studios movies now on Netflix?

However, users should not expect the Disney streamer to have all of Disney's extensive back catalog from the jump.

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With Comcast out of the bidding war, Disney is planning to move forward with its $71.3 billion (roughly Rs. 4.89 lakh crores) purchase of Fox's entertainment assets, in part to boost a Disney-branded streaming service set to launch in late 2019. Disney parks and resorts reported yet another strong quarter, with revenue increasing 6% to $5.2 billion. It will provide a home for films post-theatrical release, older, beloved television series, and original programming for fans of all ages. If you're eager to check the service out, it should be launching sometime in 2019. We know the Disney movies remain on the service for a year and a half, but will that time period be cut short by the launch of the competing service?

Bob Iger said the Kingsman movie franchise is one they are excited about, and he also mentioned Disney is excited about Marvel's X-Men and Fantastic Four, and Cameron's Avatar.

On top of the original Marvel series, Disney is in development on a new live-action Star Wars series as well as TV series adaptations of Pixar's Monsters Inc.

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In the press release announcing its new plan, the company said "the new plan will include many major studio first-run films". The new caps take effect August 15, though those with annual subscriptions won't be affected until their renewal date.

Despite record-breaking box office performances from titles like "The Incredibles 2" and "Avengers: Infinity War", Disney's third-quarter earnings missed analyst projections, the company announced on Tuesday, reporting earnings of $1.87 per share.

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