Announced in August 2017, the video-on-demand site of the Disney giant arrives Tuesday in the United States, Canada and the Netherlands. It will be launched in France on March 31, 2020, before a progressive deployment in the rest of the world.
Disney + gets on the ring. A few days after the global launch of Apple TV +, it is Disney's turn to venture into the streaming war, dominated for the moment by Netflix. Its video-on-demand service, Disney +, is available in a few countries, including the United States, from Tuesday, November 12. The opportunity to take stock, before his arrival planned soon in France. Date, catalog, price … Franceinfo summarizes what we know for the moment (and what we do not know yet).
What we know
The principle. Disney + is Disney's SVoD (video on demand subscription) service. It was launched on November 12 in the United States, Canada and the Netherlands. On November 19th, it will be Australia and New Zealand.
The launch date. Disney + will be launched in France, but also in the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and Spain on March 31, 2020.
The content in its entirety. Disney + will bring together movies, TV shows and documentaries produced by Disney, Marvel, Lucas Films (and thus its galaxy Star Wars), Pixar and National Geographic. There will be classics, studio emblems, newer films and original content specially created for the platform.
The catalog in the United States. In the first year, 7,500 episodes of series and 500 films should be available, including 25 series and 10 original films, created for Disney +, according to the site What's on Disney + (in English).
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On November 12, the catalog of the platform should contain sixteen Marvel films (out of 23 released), according to the site What's on Disney +. Ten films of the saga Star Wars would be available as well as almost the entire Pixar animation catalog, a hundred Disney feature films, among which the first four opus of Pirates of the Caribbean, Sister Act, Who wants the skin of Roger Rabbit, Zootopia, but also classics of animation as The 101 Dalmatians, The Aristocats, Fantasia or The Lion King and some content from 20th Century Fox, in the lap of Disney since March 2019: Avatar, the trilogy Mom I missed the plane and the 30 seasons of Simpsons (The 31st is being broadcast on the Fox channel).
Regarding the new series announced by Disney, only two are available from November 12. The Mandalorian, directed by Jon Favreau, takes place five years after the events told in Star Wars VI: The Return of the Jedi. For initiates to stories of singing and dancing high school students, it will be High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, derived from the eponymous films. Like on Apple TV +, only a few episodes are available at launch, then added one by one every Friday.
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Disney + also offers at launch the live-action remake of The Lady and the Tramp, and “The World according to Jeff Goldblum“, a series of National Geographic documentaries presented by the actor seen in Fly or Jurassic Park. The approximate schedule of releases of other exclusive content is available on the site Collider (in English)
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The exhaustive list, in alphabetical order is available online and in English. So we are far from the entire Disney Motion Pictures catalog promised to announce the service. The main reason is that the broadcast rights for many Disney content are currently owned by competing channels or services. The Twitter account Not on Disney + has also fun to list all the content produced by the group that are not, for the moment, on Disney +.
The price. In the United States, the Disney + subscription costs $ 6.99 a month, or $ 69.99 a year, with a free seven-day trial period. This subscription allows seven different users to connect to the same account, on ten different media, as explained on the site What's on Disney +. In France, it should initially be offered at a price of 6.99 euros per month, one euro less than the first subscription offer of Netflix, its competitor, according to The letter a (paid content). It would then increase by one euro a year to reach 8.99 euros.
How to connect In the United States, Disney + is accessible sure SmartTV, via a dedicated app on smartphones, Chromecast, Roku, as well as PS4 and Xbox One consoles and any connected device. All content can be downloaded and viewed throughout the duration of the subscription.
In France, Disney + would be marketed “both in the form of a paid option and in offers coupled with the Canal + encrypted channel”according to The letter a (Subscribers). The encrypted channel, which is gradually becoming a distributor of content, already offers to view Netflix and OCS, via a bundled subscription, and seek to become the exclusive distributor of Disney + in the territory. Note however that Disney + will still be available in OTT, as explained Digital.
What we do not know yet
The contents of the catalog in France. Only certainty, it will be different from the catalog in the United States. On the one hand because of the chronology of the media, which dictates the rules of diffusion of the films on our territory (that summarize the site Numerama). To put it simply, Disney + will have to wait 36 months after the release of a movie in theaters in France to be able to offer it on its platform. In practice, this means for example that Captain Marvel (present at the launch of Disney + in the United States) can not be proposed to us before March 6, 2022. And no film of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) after Dr. Strange will not be able to meet on the French platform on March 31st.
For this period to be reduced (up to 17 months), it would be necessary for Disney to sign an agreement with the French film industry and make commitments, for example by funding European creations, as recalls Business Insider. The other alternative would be to create a television channel within Disney +, to benefit from the same conditions as Canal + or OCS, ie a period of 8 months. Two assumptions that seem very unlikely, however, given Disney's global strategy.
In addition to respecting the media chronology, Disney faces the same problems in France as in the United States or anywhere else in the world. The broadcast rights of many of its contents are scattered. In France, for example, it is the TF1 group that owns the broadcasting rights of Star Wars and Marvel films released in the cinema since 2014. According to the website IGNthis agreement would be valid until 2024. For its part, the M6 group has the rights to broadcast Simpsons. So, unless the Disney group renegotiated these deals, no chance to see them soon The force awakens or the adventures of Homer Simpson on Disney + before the expiry of these contracts.
The possibility of a pack with Hulu. In the United States, Disney also offers bundles to subscribe to its service. For $ 12.99, Americans may have access to Disney's SVoD service to ESPN + (a sports specialty) and to Hulu (another SVoD service that Disney recently became the majority shareholder). Series like The Handmaid's Tale, casual or The First are original series produced by Hulu. The launch of Disney + in France could therefore be an opportunity to launch also Hulu, but no communication has yet been made in this direction. This would, however, allow Disney + to expand its family-friendly target to a more mature audience.