Disney released a filmed performance of Hamilton on the Disney Plus streaming service on July 3.


Disney Plus, the entertainment giant's online hub for streaming almost everything it produces, has been an unsurpassed success among the new services launched last year. Disney Plus Streams of shows and films from Disney franchises, including war of stars, wonder and Pixar and all of Disney's family-friendly films and animations. It also has new originals and programs that it acquired through the acquisition of Fox like The Simpsons.

It started streaming its most anticipated release since Friday Coronavirus pandemic: A film version of the award-winning musical Hamilton, recorded as a live stage recording by Original Broadway cast. At the same time as the Independence Day holiday weekend in the United States, the Hamilton film will air more than a year earlier than its originally planned cinema debut. Hamilton was due to hit theaters in October next year. Instead, Disney released it for streaming last Friday with a $ 7 monthly subscription.

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Hamilton gave Disney Plus a significant surge in interest. In the U.S., Disney Plus mobile app downloads increased 72% from Friday to Sunday, and mobile app downloads in other parts of the world increased 47%. These stats don't reflect app downloads on streaming TV platforms like Roku, Apple Fire TV, Apple TV, or others where viewers typically see streaming services like Disney Plus.

A week after Hamilton's release Disney Plus adds a special one that interviews the cast, the creators and a historian about the show.

It is the latest variant of Disney Plus during the Corona virus Pandemic. The corona virus closed cinemas and forced families to do so talk almost entirely at home, Disney has optimized the role of Disney Plus to bring them a series of surprise streaming releases at home as its service takes on a greater and earlier involvement in the releases of its feature films.

At first, Disney Plus simply started streaming previously released films months earlier than planned. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker started streaming three months early
on May 4th Fan Day for Star Wars. Before that, Disney also released the animated hit Frozen 2 three months earlier, and Pixar's onward hit Disney Plus just a few weeks after its premiere in cinemas.

Now Disney is also bringing out the streaming releases of brand new films.

Hamilton's accelerated streaming release follows Artemis poultry, a science fiction fantasy based on a popular series of books for young adults that started streaming on Disney Plus in mid-June. It was the first movie to be reinterpreted as exclusive streaming to deal with coronavirus locks. It was slated to hit theaters on May 29, but instead the company decided to release it as the original Disney Plus film.

And Disney Plus will soon be home to Beyonce's next visual album. On Sunday, Disney and Beyonce Knowles-Carter, who played Nala in Disney's remake of The Lion King in 2019, said their music film Black Is King would be released exclusively on Disney Plus on July 31. Based on last year's "soundtrack" album The Gift is a reinterpretation of the Lion King's teachings "for today's young kings and queens in search of their own crowns," the company said.

The visual album "honors the travels of black families over time … in a story about a young king's transcendental journey through betrayal, love and self-identity. His ancestors help him determine his destiny and with the teachings and guidance of his From his childhood love, he earned the virtues necessary to regain his home and throne. "

Disney Plus also picks up some of its upcoming Friday movie availability dates as "Summer Movie Nights". This includes previously announced releases such as Hamilton, which will be released this Friday, as well as some X-Men films that will be released in the coming weeks and months – an advantage of Disney's acquisition of Fox. The streaming service will receive the 2000 X-Men that started the franchise, The Wolverine from 2013, X-Men: Days of Future Past from 2014, and X-Men: Apocalypse from 2016 . (CNET has an article that rounds off the major Release dates for Disney Plus TV and film.)

But don't get your hopes up that new Marvel films or live action Mulan will reach Disney Plus this year. In general, Disney isn't yet risking any of its potential mega-budget blockbusters with a stream-only release. Bob Chapek, CEO of Disney, said the company is reviewing every film on a case-by-case basis and may need to change its plans if the cinemas remain closed – or if the cinemas are reopened too closely for a release to be enough to make enough money to earn.

"However, we strongly believe in the value of the overall theater experience to start blockbuster films," he said.

In addition to theatrical releases, the corona virus has disrupted the production of new shows and films by Disney Plus. With Shooting stopped All over the world, it is becoming more difficult to provide Disney Plus with new things to watch as the locks expand.

The MandalorianAt least it is still on the right track. Chapek said in May that the second season of the service's breakout series would premiere on Disney Plus in October as scheduled, as filming was largely complete before the coronavirus seriously hit the United States.

However, the future of other highly anticipated Disney Plus programs, such as the original Marvel shows, remains unclear. The falcon and the winter soldier should be the first to debut in August, but the company has not directly addressed its release plans for any of the series.

The Disney Plus series WandaVision was scheduled to go into service in December, but is reportedly still to be shot: actor Paul Bettany was due to appear at a convention in July, but he canceled the appearance because he was filming WandaVision in Los again Angeles is supposed to record at that time.

Unfortunately, the long delays in Marvel's films make things even more difficult. The actions of Marvel films and the new Marvel series are closely related. For example, WandaVision is due to appear in December, and that was developed for Scarlet witchThe storyline goes straight to the theatrical release of Doctor Strange: In the multiverse of madness. But now Doctor Strange's sequel has been postponed for almost a year until March 2022. This raises questions about the timing of WandaVision.

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Star Wars: Skywalker's rise began streaming on Disney Plus three months earlier.


With the corona virus pandemic continuing, Disney Plus can take on other roles. It was already a massive bet on streaming as the future of home entertainment Netflix and an emerging crop of rivals like peacock, Apple TV Plus and HBO max – also unconventional mobile short form services Quibi. However, the launch of Disney Plus was one of the biggest launches in the past year. A media analyst called her "one of the." greatest product launches ever. "

In early May, Disney Plus rose to 54.5 million subscribers. The company originally predicted that Disney Plus would reach 60 to 90 million subscribers in about five years. Instead, it reached a spitting distance of this range just six months after launch.

The solid foundation of Disney Plus – and the fact that Disney actually released new movies while the corona virus was blocked – prompted the company to drop its standard offering of seven-day free trials for new members in June. This step occurred about two weeks before Hamilton was released.

In the U.S., Disney Plus costs $ 7 a month, or $ 70 if you prepay a full year. (The international prices are listed below.) The monthly rate is half the price of HBO max. This price is also a discount compared to Netflix’s cheapest price of $ 9 a month.

So is it worth paying for Disney Plus? You can find all the details about Disney Plus below, but basically: if you love Star Wars or Admire films or if you have children, you may have another subscription.

Where is Disney Plus and when will it be launched in new countries?

Disney Plus was launched in the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, India, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, France and Japan.

The service is scheduled to launch in eight other European countries on September 15. The new markets are Portugal, Belgium, Finland, Iceland, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden and Denmark.

Worldwide, Disney is planning a progressive rollout worldwide over two years. Elsewhere, Disney Plus will be introduced:

  • Eastern Europe in the course of a year from summer 2020.
  • Asia Pacific over the course of two years, starting with the launch of Japan in June.

(Read: Disney Plus en español.)

The service first started November 12 in the United States, Canada and the Netherlands. Disney Plus was first launched less than two weeks after the launch of Apple TV Plus. Disney Plus arrived in Australia and New Zealand on November 19. Then, on March 11, Disney Plus started unexpectedly early in India when Disney renamed its existing hotstar streaming service there to Disney Plus Hotstar and added a plethora of new titles to stream. The company completed its launch in India in late March.

On March 24, Disney Plus launched in parts of Western Europe, including the UK, Ireland, Spain, Germany, Italy and Switzerland. Disney Plus had originally planned to launch in France at the same time, but because European officials feared that the internet traffic associated with the rollout could do so burden the country's networksDisney held back its French launch until April 7th. When Disney originally launched in the U.S. in November, the requirement to log in and use the service caused widespread crashes on the first day, although that launch occurred during much more routine patterns of bandwidth demand.


Pixars Onward was streamed to Disney Plus on April 3.

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In the UK and Ireland, Disney Plus replaces the existing Disney Life service, but the switch is not automatic for Disney Life subscribers. If you were a Disney Life subscriber, you must sign up for Disney Plus. Disney Plus also agreed to launch Comcast-supported pay TV operator Sky through its Sky Q service and the Now TV app in the UK and Ireland. In France, Canal Plus will be Disney Plus' exclusive pay-TV distributor, and its traditional channels aired the first episode of The Mandalorian on March 24 as part of an advertising campaign.

How much is it?

In the U.S., Disney Plus service costs $ 7 a month or $ 70 a year.

In Canada, Disney Plus costs $ 9 a month or $ 90 a year. In countries that are part of the euro zone, it is 7 euros or 70 euros per year. In the UK it's £ 6 a month or £ 60 a year. In Australia, the price is AU $ 9 per month or AU $ 90 per year, while New Zealand subscribers pay NZ $ 10 per month or NZ $ 100 per year. In India, Disney Plus Hotstar costs 299 Indian rupees a month or 999 rupees a year. In Japan, Disney Plus costs 700 yen per month through an exclusive partnership with the Japanese telecommunications company NTT Docomo.

In Norway, Disney Plus costs 69 Norwegian crowns a month or 689 crowns annually. In Sweden there are 69 Swedish kronor per month or 689 kroner per year. In Denmark it is 59 Danish kroner a month or 589 kroner a year.

The U.S. price undercuts the $ 13 monthly fee for Netflix’s most popular plan in the US, which allows you to stream to two different devices in high definition at the same time. With Disney Plus, however, all subscribers can stream four devices and access 4K content at no additional cost – features that Netflix includes in its premium $ 16 level.

Christine M. McCarthy, Disney's chief financial officer, hinted that prices for Disney Plus could increase as service progressed, and referred to the $ 7 monthly fee as the "initial" price.

The company also bundles Disney Plus with Hulu (with ads) and ESPN Plus and offers a $ 5 discount if you subscribe to all three streaming options. At $ 13, it costs as much as Netflix’s most popular plan in the U.S.

As early as 2017, Disney's then CEO, Bob Iger, found that the price would reflect "the fact that the volume will be significantly less" than its main competitor, Netflix. Over the months and years, Disney will be collecting a larger catalog of exclusive and originals on Disney Plus. In this case, it is a good bet that the company will push its price up.

There are also offers to get Disney Plus for free.

In October, Disney and Verizon announced a contract that will offer a free Disney Plus year to all network operator customers with an unlimited 4G LTE or 5G account and new customers of Verizon Fios and 5G home internet services from day one. Those who pre-purchased a Disney Plus plan like the now-expired three-year subscription can stack it up for one year free, according to a Verizon FAQ.

How does Disney Plus compare to competitors and match other Disney streaming services like Hulu?

Disney Plus is a competitor of Video streaming services like Netflix, HBO Now and Apple TV Plus. It is a paid subscription without advertising and offers customers access to an extensive library of old Disney and Fox content, as well as new, exclusive TV shows, films, documentaries and short films.

Disney's other streaming services – Hulu and ESPN Plus with a focus on sports – run on the same technical platform. Disney plans to have all three single subscriptions, but offers a triple service bundle up for $ 13 a month.

Disney Plus includes all of Disney's family-friendly content and much of the mass audience – basically everything that is made for an audience up to a PG-13 rating. It contains content from Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm (Star Wars), Pixar and National Geographic. Outside of these traditional categories, it also features all 30 seasons of The Simpsons, a feather in the cap from Fox's takeover.

In Hulu, on the other hand, Disney transfers more material for adults. For example, two series originally planned for Disney Plus – High Fidelity and Love, Victor – were relocated to Hulu because of their more mature themes.

Hulu is now the official streaming home for FX networks. (FX became part of Disney after Disney bought Fox for $ 71.3 billion.) FX on Hulu will include all seasons of more than 40 FX series, and episodes of current and new FX series immediately after broadcast in traditional Offer network. FX will also produce original series exclusively for "FX on Hulu".

At the moment, Hulu will continue to stream content from three of the broadcast networks as well as from its own original series such as The Handmaid & # 39; s Tale Castle Rock.

And Disney now has full control over Hulu's direction. Hulu had been jointly owned by four parent companies for years. But a year ago, Disney said it would buy the rest of Hulu it didn't already own. This gave Disney the flexibility to offer its bundle discount.

How can i stream it

Disney offers extensive device support for streaming to phones, tablets, computers, connected TVs and streaming media boxes. The company has global distribution agreements with Apple, Google, Microsoft, Roku, Sony, Amazon, Samsung and LG. This includes the makers of:

Executives have announced that Disney Plus should be supported by all major devices that stream videos.

What product features does the service include?

Disney Plus can stream 4K Ultra HD content in Dolby Vision, HDR10 and Dolby Atmos audio. You can view the available formats of a title in any of the Disney Plus apps by clicking the main page of that show or movie and then clicking the "Details" tab. The app for streaming boxes like Roku and Apple TV is also designed to briefly light up an icon that tells you the format you're watching. It will appear in the upper right corner of the screen for a few seconds when a video is playing.

Each Disney Plus account can be streamed to four devices at the same time and seven user profiles can be created for different household members. Each account can select an avatar from a Disney, Pixar, Marvel, or Star Wars character, with more than 200 avatars available.

Disney Plus also offers unlimited mobile downloads for offline viewing. Subscribers can download on up to 10 mobile or tablet devices with no restrictions on the number of times a song can be downloaded. The number of tracks stored on a device at the same time depends on how much space is available on the device.

The service is said to support English, Spanish, French and Dutch at launch, including user interface, audio support and subtitles for library content. Additional languages ​​are available for Disney Plus originals.

The app also supports subtitles, descriptive audio and navigation support to help subscribers with disabilities.

What shows and films can I watch? And when are Marvel originals coming?

Disney Plus is the exclusive home for streaming movies, shows and short films from Star Wars. wonder, Pixar, Disney's own studio and National Geographic. There are also exclusive series and films, some based on blockbuster franchises and some original. And Disney Plus also integrates Fox programming. All 30 seasons of The Simpsons are on Disney Plus and titles like The Sound of Music, The Princess Bride and Malcolm in the Middle are added in the first year. (Disney has also announced that it will also dismantle the Fox catalog for new starts and "reinterpret" previous Fox franchises for a new generation – for example, a possible restart of Home Alone is in the works.)

Disney Plus houses the entire film library of Pixar, Star Wars and its Signature Series and Disney Vault lines of classic hand-drawn animated films.

Due to previous license agreements, Disney Plus will take a long time to become a comprehensive library of all Disney films. CNET has a comprehensive list of the most important ones Shows and movies are still coming to Disney Plus. As of 2019 releases, all Disney films will be streamed exclusively on Disney Plus.

Then there is the large selection of original, exclusive shows and films for the service.

Important originals are The Mandalorian, a big budget series with Pedro Pascal about a bounty hunter that takes place five years after the events in The Return of the Jedi. It is the original series of the service with viral sensation Baby Yodaand it became a pop culture phenomenon. Disney is investing heavily in The Mandalorian. The show's first season budget was reported to be $ 15 million per episode. In comparison, Game of Thrones has only achieved this kind of spending last season.

Another live action Star Wars series, a Prequel to Rogue One, was scheduled to begin shooting this year before corona virus shutdowns began with interruption schedules. It will feature Diego Luna, who played Cassian Andor in the original film.

And Disney has planned seven live-action Marvel series with the stars of his blockbuster Avengers films.

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The first wave should be released as follows (before the corona virus turned the schedules upside down): The hawk and the winter soldier with Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan in August; WandaVision with Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany in December; a Loki series with Tom Hiddleston in spring 2021; and a Hawkeye series in the fall of 2021 with Jeremy Renner and Kate Bishop, which will be a second Hawkeye in the comics. These data were also planned prior to coronavirus disorders.

In August, the company unveiled plans for three more shows based on the characters Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk, and Moon Knight. In the comics, Ms. Marvel or Kamala Khan is a young protégé of Captain Marvel's Carol Danvers and Marvel's first Muslim character to overwrite her own comic book. The Ms. Marvel series was originally confirmed for release in 2021. She-Hulk or Jennifer Walters is Bruce Banner's cousin, whose superhuman powers were transferred to her when she received a transfusion of Banner's blood. (Hulk actor Mark Ruffalo is in conversation to appear in the series.) The character Moon Knight or Marc Spector is a former mercenary and CIA agent who has multiple personalities and is infused with the powers of an Egyptian god.

At Comic Con in July, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige explained how the studio's Disney Plus shows are essential for Marvel fans. The characters and narratives of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are put together between movies and Original series on Disney Plus.

Benedict Cumberbatch is accompanied by, for example Scarlet witch Actress Elizabeth Olsen in the theatrical version Doctor Strange: In the multiverse of madness – But to understand how Olsen's character came about on the big screen, you have to watch the original WandaVision from Disney Plus.

On the other hand, Avengers: End Game contains an indication of how Loki returns from his death to appear in the Disney Plus original Loki.

Disney Plus is also planning a range of original documentaries, reality shows, contest series, behind-the-scenes features, nature and adventure titles, and animated programs – the list goes on. It could also be the place where Disney debuts live-action short films shot through its launchpad incubator program to offer more opportunities to filmmakers from under-represented groups.

Disney Plus even starts streaming two-dimensional versions of Disney's virtual reality shorts.

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How will that affect Disney content on Netflix?

Disney will largely disappear from Netflix over the course of 2020 (with one limitation).

Netflix has been number one since 2016 Watching Disney's movies with a subscription. This deal meant that Netflix was the point of contact for the biggest US blockbusters in the past three years. The two best films of 2017 and the three best films of 2016 and 2018 were all Disney, and Netflix was the place where they were all captivated.

But Disney has decided not to extend this Netflix deal how his own competitors planned. Starting with Disney's 2019 film board, all of these films are destined for Disney Plus. That means Captain Marvel, the first movie Disney released in theaters in 2019, is the first movie on Disney Plus instead of Netflix. It also means that Mary Poppins returns should be the last Disney movie to have a release window on Netflix.

Licensing is complicated, however, and a report says Disney will temporarily send these films back to Netflix from 2026 and remove them from Disney Plus. This affects films released between January 2016 and December 2018, including Marvel titles like Captain America: Civil War, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War; Star Wars hits like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and The Last Jedi; and Pixar staples like Finding Dory, Coco and The Incredibles 2. It also touches family favorites like Moana and the live action Beauty and the Beast.

One consideration: Disney Plus will not lose these titles until six years after the service started. At this point, Disney Plus will have built a large permanent library of original content and will continue to forward all of its latest releases to Disney Plus and nowhere else. This will presumably make it easier to lose these films for a limited time.

Netflix's Marvel Defenders shows are also complicated. Netflix has partnered with Disney to release five original series based on Defenders characters. In 2018, Netflix canceled three of them: Daredevil, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. Then in 2019, Netflix canceled the last two: The Punisher and Jessica Jones. A top manager (who has since left Disney to run TikTok) said that Disney Plus could potentially revive the canceled shows. But the terms of their original deal could keep Disney Plus from doing so Revivals by 2020after a report.

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