Every Season of “The Simpsons” Will Stream on Disney+
And all things Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and Mickey Mouse will also debut on the streaming service in November
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The only thing that could outdo the news of Uber filing its IPO was the royal decree from the Magic Kingdom (or corporate headquarters in Burbank, CA.) that Disney+ will launch in the U.S. on Nov. 12, 2019 with plans at $6.99 a month.
So that means all the Little Mermaid, Darth Vader, Toy Story, Snow White, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars universe and original programing your heart could desire. The service will also include 250 hours of NatGeo content upon launch, which Disney owns after acquiring 21st Century Fox.
If that’s not enough, there’s also the news that Springfield’s favorite family will also be included in the bundle. All 30 seasons of Homer, Marge, Lisa, Maggie and Bart will be available since Disney now also owns the rights to The Simpsons. The first family of television went on Twitter to announce the news. (Make note, as David Itzkoff pointed out, of the autographed picture of a certain Australian-born billionaire in the garbage can.)
— Disney (@Disney) April 11, 2019
As the New York Times reported, some were calling the news “D-Day,” after rumors had been circulating for some time that Disney had planned to unveil a streaming service of their own. The term has a little more meaning than just the “D” standing for Disney. If you look at the price and compare it to the lowest rate offered by the biggest competitor Disney+ has in its sights, Netflix ($12.99), it does feel like we’re seeing the beginning of what no doubt will be known as the streaming wars.
To sweeten the deal, as Variety points out, Disney will “likely” offer up some sort of discounted bundle that combines Disney+ with ESPN+ and Hulu. The company’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox also means Disney also owns the rights to blockbusters like Titanic and Alien, which means if you’re going to stream them anywhere, you’re gong to need to give Disney seven dollars a month.
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