Disney CEO Bob Iger has once again been revealing details about the company’s new streaming service, Disney+, which is set for release at some point later this year.
This time around, Iger has let it slip that the “entire Disney motion picture library” will be available to stream from the platform:
“The service, which I mentioned earlier is going to launch later in the year, is going to combine what we call library product, movies, and television, with a lot of original product as well, movies and television. And at some point fairly soon after launch it will house the entire Disney motion picture library, so the movies that you speak of that traditionally have been kept in a “vault” and brought out basically every few years will be on the service. And then, of course, we’re producing a number of original movies and original television shows as well that will be Disney-branded.”
Unfortunately, as Iger mentions, this does mean the end to the classic “Disney Vault” style of marketing, at least in terms of these title’s availability. Whilst physical copies may still follow this model, with certain movies being released at certain times until stocks deplete, it will now be easier than ever to access those films missing from your collection.
In terms of content, the new Netflix rival is only going from strength to strength. These classic movies, both old and new, include the likes of Pinocchio, Mary Poppins, and Moana, with the future titles being released under the Disney banner (featuring everything from Marvel’s Avengers and Star Wars Episode 9 to Pixar’s Frozen 2 and Disney’s own Lion King remake), said to be added to the service within a year of initial release.
Pair this with the already confirmed original series’ in the works from every Disney department, such as The Mandalorian and the Loki solo run, and we’ve got a real competition on our hands.
Hopefully, the rivalry will bring out the best from every streaming service, making us as the audience the real winners here.