Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed on Thursday that the company’s direct-to-consumer streaming service has set a late 2019 launch, and that the “Star Wars” and Marvel films will be on the streaming service.
Iger said last month it will be pulling its movies from Netflix in two years to setup home exclusively on its own SVOD service in 2019. However there was a question as to whether the Marvel and “Star Wars” films would make the jump as well, today Iger confirmed they will:
“We’ve now decided we will put the Marvel and Star Wars movies on this app as well… it will have the entire output of the studio, animation, live action at Disney, including Pixar, Star Wars and all the Marvel films.”
Speaking at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2017 Media, Communications and Entertainment Conference in Los Angeles, Iger also said the studio will produce four to five original films, mostly live action, and the same number of TV series for exclusive use on the planned Disney app.
It’s expected around 500 films from the Disney library will show up on the direct-to-consumer platform, in addition to around 7,000 episodes of Disney TV fare including recent seasons of their shows.
The separate ESPN app, also intended as a direct-to-consumer offering, will launch in spring 2018 and will include Major League Baseball games, NHL games, pro tennis and a slew of college sports events – up to 10,000 live sports events in the first year.