Disney has called it the future of the company and prepared for it for years, and now it’s here: Disney Plus. It’s the entertainment giant’s streaming service for almost everything it creates, taking on Netflix as well as an emerging crop of rivals like Apple TV Plus and HBO Max. Disney Plus officially launched at 12:01 a.m. PT Tuesday in the US, Canada and the Netherlands, though some app stores had it available even earlier. (Next up is the Nov. 19 launch in Australia and New Zealand.)”The launch of Disney+ is a historic moment for our company that marks a new era of innovation and creativity,” Disney CEO Bob Iger said in a release marking the service’s rollout.Disney Plus is designed as the exclusive home to stream theatrical blockbusters from Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar and Disney’s own studios. Disney also is ramping up a slate of original shows and movies based on those brands and others. Most anticipated among them is big-budget Star Wars spinoff The Mandalorian. (With Disney Plus’ library reaching nearly 500 films and 7,500 episodes of television, CNET has an article highlighting Disney Plus titles included in the streaming service.)Much of Disney Plus’ original programming leans into the company’s big-budget franchises. Its Marvel original shows, for example, are going to be… Read full this story
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