It's been nearly two years since Disney announced it was leaving Netflix to start its own Disney-branded streaming video service, and now we know what will be on it, and how much it will cost.
The service is called Disney+ and it launches on November 12, 2019. And while many parents were initially concerned about the cost of adding another streaming service to household budgets that already include Netflix and/or Hulu, Disney just dropped some great news.
As reported by CNBC, this week Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that U.S. customers will be able to bundle streaming products and get Disney+, ESPN+ and ad-supported Hulu for $12.99 a month.
Disney+ alone is $6.99 a month and Hulu is $5.99 a month. With this bundle, you'll basically be getting a free ESPN+ subscription.
Even if you don't like sports there is a lot of content that makes this bundle attractive. When it hits our TVs in November, Disney+ will have 300 movie titles and will add hundreds more (plus thousands of episodes of TV shows) throughout its first year of streaming. It will, of course, be where all of Disneys theatrical releases (including Frozen 2) eventually stream.
As Engadget reports, the streaming service will be home to the Marvel cinematic universe and will be streaming Capital Marvel movie (it's so good!) from day one. The Simpsons will also be on Disney+, as will all the Pixar and Star Wars stuff,
While this might not seem like good news for Netflix subscribers, it might actually be. Be pricing the Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu bundle at less than 15 bucks, Disney's making it harder for Netflix to raise its prices in the future, CNBC tech reporter Alex Sherman suggests.
[A version of this post was originally published August 9, 2017. It has been updated.]