Disney said Monday its long-awaited streaming service, Disney+, will be available in several countries in November and accessible on a wide variety of devices.
On Nov. 12, consumers will be able to access Disney+ not only in the United States, but also in Canada and the Netherlands. A week later, Disney+ will launch in Australia and New Zealand, the company said in a statement.
The much-anticipated service will be available through an app in a variety of devices, including smartphones and connected TV devices made by Apple and Google. It can also be accessed on Microsoft’s gaming console Xbox One, Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Android TVs, as well as Roku TVs and streaming players.
Many companies that sell streaming services see Disney as a formidable competitor to Netflix. Disney, with a treasure-trove of family-friendly movies and shows, has already come out with an aggressive price strategy and will make Disney+ a home for many of its titles.
In its first year, the streaming service will have 100 recent theatrical releases, 400 older films and more than 7,500 television episodes. Disney+ will be the exclusive place to stream “Toy Story 4,” “The Lion King,” and “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.”
In the U.S., Disney said it would offer a bundle of Disney+, ESPN+ and a version of Hulu for $12.99 a month. Disney+ alone would be $6.99 a month.
Already, some competitors such as Amazon have made a shift in their programming before Disney+’s launch. Amazon has signaled to producers that it is no longer interested in developing new original animated shows aimed at young children, people familiar with the matter said. Instead, the company will focus on shows that families can view together and content for young adults.
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