“Simpsons,” “Rebels” Draw Most Disney+ Interest

Simpsons Rebels Draw Most Disney Interest

A survey of content demand by Parrot Analytics has revealed that animated series “The Simpsons” and “Star Wars Rebels” are the most anticipated existing series to be on the upcoming Disney+ streaming service by users in the U.S. and the first foreign countries where the service will roll out.

The company captures billions of data points from a variety of sources, tracing interactions it refers to as ‘demand expressions’ from the likes of social media, video streaming, photo sharing, blogging, fan and critic ratings, and file sharing – combining them into a single, country-specific measure of audience demand.

“Mickey Mouse Club” and “DuckTales” are also said to figure prominently in the results which don’t include upcoming new series like “The Mandalorian”. The upcoming Disney+ service will carry Disney, Pixar, Nat Geo, Marvel, and “Star Wars” content.

The results come in as Disney CEO Bob Iger has resigned from Apple’s board of directors according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Iger resigned September 10th, the same day Apple unveiled details on its Apple TV+ streaming video service – making them a more direct competitor to Disney in coming years.

Even so, the Disney+ app will be available on iOS and Apple TV devices and Disney movies and TV shows are offered for rent and for sale by Apple. Disney+ has already rolled out a test program in the Netherlands and will launch there, the United States and Canada on November 12th followed by Australia and New Zealand on November 19th.

Sources: Variety & THR