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Disney launches new streaming service

Disney has publicized its long-anticipated streaming service, but it won’t be available until November in North America – and in some markets, it will take much longer.

That’s due to several issues, but mostly because Disney is still in the process of scrabbling back the rights to its content, sold to other streaming platforms before it had platform desires of its own.

It will take as long as four years before all of the deals have expired, the firm said. The postponement could stumble Disney’s chances to succeed in the streaming market, described by chief executive Bob Iger as his “biggest priority”.

When it does finally launch, however, Disney+ will be a streaming juggernaut. The service will package together some of the firm’s major franchises, including the work of Pixar, Marvel, National Geographic and Star Wars, for a monthly subscription price of USD 6.99, or USD 69.99 a year.

Spending USD 70 billion on 20th Century Fox – Disney+ will also join content from recently acquired companies, such as the first 30 seasons of The Simpsons.

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