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Disney reveals new information about streaming service, programming

Disney reveals new information about streaming service, programming Disney reveals new information about streaming service, programming
Stacy Diaz | 09 February, 2018, 10:46

Next month, Disney will launch ESPN Plus, a long-awaited streaming service tied to ESPN's impressive sports lineup.

While we still don't know exactly how Fox's assets will play into the equation-though it's assumed the more adult-skewing content will land on Hulu-Deadline has some information on Disney's early streaming slate. Disney admitted as much when they pulled all of their titles off of Netflix US. All the more mature stuff will head to Hulu, and brands that now exist elsewhere (like The Defenders) will stay put.

Amid heavy investments on original content, Hulu lost $920M previous year, according to a Comcast 10-K. The content on the streaming service will be consistent with the Disney brand, but right now the plan is to leave the various Marvel series on Netflix for the time-being.

Disney plans to have four to five original movies and five original TV series released on the streaming service in the first year. Now, on the television side, 10 episodes are expected to cost from $25 million to $35 million, but Disney seems open to more expensive series, which could be in the $100 million range for a 10 episode season.

Don Quixote, from a Billy Ray script; Lady and the Tramp; The Paper Magician; Stargirl; and Togo. There are also TV projects in the works, which includes a new High School Musical (presumably a reboot) as well as an animated Monsters Inc, a live-action Marvel project, and a Star Wars project.

As Recode spotted, Disney CEO Bob Iger told investors during the company's earnings call that ESPN Plus will feature content "not now featured on the main channels". One other interesting film that's in development is The Sword in the Stone. Likewise, don't be surprised if said material heads to Sky in the United Kingdom, that Disney is also set to pick up a large chunk of.

Disney's new service doesn't have a set price point as of yet, but it's been said to be lower than Netflix's varying cost of between $7.99 and $13.99 United States dollars. Just hit the buttons on the top of this page.