Disney further revealed some of the content it intends to bring to its new Disney+ OTT streaming platform in November, including 300 movie titles that will ramp up to 500 within the first 12 months of operation.

The studio also revealed that its new subscription video on demand (SVoD) streaming service will not have traditional pricing tiers, and will instead give all subscribers access to four simultaneous streams including some 4K and HDR high-quality video at one set $7 monthly fee. This will include some titles with Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos sound, as well.

Users will have the ability to create seven profiles with hundreds of available avatars enabling greater control over personalizing settings for different family members.

The company also is stepping away from the binge-watching phenomenon to some degree by releasing new episodes of original series weekly, instead of all at once as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video have done.

The announcements were made at the D23 Expo fan convention in Anaheim, Calif., where the studio revealed that about 100 of its initially planned movie titles will be recent theatrical releases.

Among the planned launch titles will be Captain Marvel and The Incredibles 2. In addition, the studio is planning to offer exclusive original content including a new live action version of The Lady and The Tramp, that is planned for availability day one. Disney+ will also present the mega-smash Avengers: Endgame, which is already the highest grossing movie of all time, beginning on December 11th, the studio announced.

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Among the cache of available library classics will be the various movies in the Star Wars saga, Pixar classics including: Wall-E, Finding Nemo, Finding Dory, Up and more; and Disney animated feature classics including Bambi, Fantasia, Sleeping Beauty and others.

In addition, Disney said the service will offer around 7,500 TV episodes, many from its Disney Channel catalog, at launch. Disney also confirmed that its new series The Mandalorian, which is a live-action series based in the Star Wars fantasy world, will be available at launch. The studio also confirmed that it planning a new series based on Obi-Wan Kenobi and starring Ewan McGregor.

Other content will feature an updated series starting actor Hilary Duff as Lizzie McGuire, grown up and living in New York some 15 years after the original series wrapped.

Another original movie slated for early 2020 entitled Stargirl will star Grace VanderWaal, past America’s Got Talent champion and daughter of Dave VanderWaal, LG USA senior VP of marketing; along with Graham Verchere in a story based on the York Times best-selling young adult novel by Jerry Spinelli.

Disney also revealed plans for upcoming new shows, some of which aren’t expected until 2020 and 2021, based on the She-Hulk, Ms Marvel and Moon Knight Marvel characters. These will join previously revealed series based on Loki, WandaVision, Hawkeye and The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.

In addition the service will launch with every episode of The Simpsons; a new High School Musical series and Forky Asks a Question – which is a spin-off of the Toy Story 4 character.

The Muppets also will be featured on the platform in a new short-form series. Other library titles include the full Malcolm in the Middle catalog; the animated Star Wars: Clone Wars and Rebels and various classic Disney Channel cartoon series.

The Disney+ streaming service is planned to launch November 12th in the U.S. and Canada. Subscribers will be able to download content as well as stream it.

Furthermore, subscribers will be entitled to unlimited downloads of shows and movies through the Disney+ app so they can watch offline on up to 10 mobile or tablet devices. Disney+ said it will not impose any limits on the number of times a title can be downloaded per year.

By Greg Tarr

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