Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Disney Announces Its Own Streaming Service, Will Pull Content From Netflix

Diego Luna starred alongside Felicity Jones in new Rogue One A Star Wars Story.                  Lucasfilm Diego Luna starred alongside Felicity Jones in new Rogue One A Star Wars Story. Lucasfilm
Freda Brock | 09 November, 2018, 22:59

- “The Walt Disney Companys new direct-to-consumer streaming service will be called Disney+,” Iger announced.

The "Rogue One" prequel will unfold in the early years of the Rebellion and is described as a "rousing spy thriller".

Beyond that, we've heard about a few other shows in the works which will most likely appear on Disney+. "We have a fantastic adventure ahead of us, and this new exciting format will give us the chance to explore this character more deeply", the 38-year-old said.

This marks the second Star Wars-based original series to be created for the streaming service. Netflix users have long bemoaned how often films are buried or lost on the homepage, and the Disney+ model promises the possibility of a superior user experience.

Runaway Train Blazes Through Western Australia For More Than 50 Miles
BHP said around 1.5 kilometres of its privately-owned railway was destroyed, and expects it will take around a week to fix. Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the National Rail Safety Regulator had been informed and was investigating .

Speaking on an earnings call chief executive Bob Iger said that a TV series about the Marvel character Loki is in development for the service, featuring the actor Tom Hiddleston. Outside of that, an exact release date hasn't been confirmed, nor has a monthly subscription cost.

Diego Luna starred alongside Felicity Jones in new Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Disney Channel musical phenom, High School Musical, will be rebooted for the streaming service.

The expansive slate is now being announced little by little, with the most recent reveal confirming Tom Hiddleston's return as Loki from the Marvel Cinematic Universe in an original series of his own. Disney has also released two more movies based on characters developed by George Lucas - "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" and "Solo: A Star Wars Story". The series will begin production in 2019, reportedly with a budget north of $100 million. Looks like for those purposes, it will be spelled out as Disney Plus. It will face competition from established services from Amazon and Netflix as well as other upcoming streaming services from WarnerMedia (née Time Warner) and Apple. Diego Luna had this to say about the new series in a statement.

"We aim to use the TV production capability of the combined companies (Disney and Fox) to fuel Hulu with a lot more original programming", Iger said.

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