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Disney+ launches on November 12 for $6.99/mo, plus new Marvel, Star Wars series

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  1. [4]
    cptcobalt
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    The good details: It will have 4K HDR content. Plenty of Marvel and Star Wars content, but only 4 MCU films at launch. A National Geographic series starring Jeff Goldblum. Exclusive streaming home...

    The good details:

    • It will have 4K HDR content.
    • Plenty of Marvel and Star Wars content, but only 4 MCU films at launch.
    • A National Geographic series starring Jeff Goldblum.
    • Exclusive streaming home for all seasons of the Simpsons.

    This move isn't unexpected, but follows the trend of subscribe-for-what-you-want services. I highly suspect, over the coming years, that many more services will adopt the "Service+" naming scheme with Disney, Apple, and many others establishing this trend.

    12 votes
    1. Adys
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      I always knew Google+ was a trendsetter :) And yeah I'm quite done with all this EaaS nonsense. The overwhelming amount of services and the fact they each have their own exclusives just pisses me...

      that many more services will adopt the "Service+" naming scheme with Disney, Apple, and many others establishing this trend

      I always knew Google+ was a trendsetter :)

      And yeah I'm quite done with all this EaaS nonsense. The overwhelming amount of services and the fact they each have their own exclusives just pisses me off. I'm working on getting a Plex server set up and going back to pirating.

      The only thing convenient about Netflix is its UI.

      Edit: Hah, as I tab to Reddit, this comic is on the frontpage and sums up exactly how I feel about the situation:

      https://www.reddit.com/r/Piracy/comments/bce78n/sigh/

      5 votes
    2. [2]
      dubteedub
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      Honestly, a complete archive of the Simpsons may be worth it. I would love to be able to watch all the old seasons again.

      Honestly, a complete archive of the Simpsons may be worth it. I would love to be able to watch all the old seasons again.

      2 votes
      1. babypuncher
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        I bought the first 11 seasons used for about $50, ripped them, and threw them on my Plex Server. Best thing I ever did.

        I bought the first 11 seasons used for about $50, ripped them, and threw them on my Plex Server. Best thing I ever did.

        2 votes
  2. [2]
    Atvelonis
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    No thanks! I'm quite alright paying for the subscriptions I already have. This splintering of streaming services is going to continue to happen as long as people keep forking over cash for them,...

    No thanks! I'm quite alright paying for the subscriptions I already have. This splintering of streaming services is going to continue to happen as long as people keep forking over cash for them, and I am content to use any of the free resources at my disposal if I really want to watch a Disney movie. Any local library certainly has classic films like Star Wars on DVD, and probably topical films like the MCU too, not to mention the old Jolly Roger.

    7 votes
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      1. piedpiper
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        My library has a decent selection of blurays and video games as well. Fines can be a pain but I can easily renew online up to 3 times. I also get access to Hoopla and Kanopy for digital streaming....

        My library has a decent selection of blurays and video games as well. Fines can be a pain but I can easily renew online up to 3 times. I also get access to Hoopla and Kanopy for digital streaming. Personally I like visiting the library as it's just a nice way to get out of the house. I don't even read much, but they offer a lot other than books, including a makerspace with lots of cool tech. To each their own but I recommend everyone check out their local library, as you may be surprised what is available to you.

        3 votes
  3. [7]
    mrbig
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    Will it be available outside of the US?

    Will it be available outside of the US?

    5 votes
    1. [6]
      teaearlgraycold
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      Considering how it's all their own content I imagine most of it won't have any licensing difficulties.

      Considering how it's all their own content I imagine most of it won't have any licensing difficulties.

      2 votes
      1. [5]
        mrbig
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        Absolutely... if they play their cards right, Netflix is basically screwed.

        Absolutely... if they play their cards right, Netflix is basically screwed.

        1 vote
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            smoontjes
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            Hulu is US-only though, so I don't think that one is gonna matter a whole lot unless they make it international soon. Anecdotally, I barely know anyone who has heard of it here in Denmark - so...

            Hulu is US-only though, so I don't think that one is gonna matter a whole lot unless they make it international soon. Anecdotally, I barely know anyone who has heard of it here in Denmark - so they also have to expend lot on a huge amount of marketing

            3 votes
          2. mrbig
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            I agree. What I think is: IF Disney master the technology, makes good decisions and keep investing in content (something they're bound to do), it is very likely that they become number one in a...

            There's room for Netflix

            I agree. What I think is: IF Disney master the technology, makes good decisions and keep investing in content (something they're bound to do), it is very likely that they become number one in a few years. Contrary to Apple they understand the film and TV market full and through. Also, CBS Corporation has total equity of US$ 2.80 billion and Netflix has US$5.289 billion. Disney has US$52.832 billion. Besides their humongous and beloved catalog, Disney have the bucks to make this work. It's not guaranteed, but that is my bet.

            2 votes
        2. Whom
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          Netflix has been too successful lately with making their main draw their own content rather than licensed stuff. They'll be fine.

          Netflix has been too successful lately with making their main draw their own content rather than licensed stuff. They'll be fine.

          5 votes
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    ThatFanficGuy
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    So far as Marvel's content is concerned, Disney's teased Falcon and the Winter Soldier and WandaVision (goodness me). What about the Loki series? It got a showrunner and everything.

    So far as Marvel's content is concerned, Disney's teased Falcon and the Winter Soldier and WandaVision (goodness me). What about the Loki series? It got a showrunner and everything.

    3 votes
    1. Gaywallet
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      Oh shit a Loki series? Well I wasn't going to subscribe, but now I'm reconsidering...

      Oh shit a Loki series? Well I wasn't going to subscribe, but now I'm reconsidering...

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    deknalis
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    I just hope no one will be shortsighted enough to think "Wow! Only $7 a month!" when it's very transparently a loss leader to outlast the competition so they can raise the prices when they corner...

    I just hope no one will be shortsighted enough to think "Wow! Only $7 a month!" when it's very transparently a loss leader to outlast the competition so they can raise the prices when they corner this market as well. Disney has the money to throw around to make that possible, and that's honestly one of the big reasons I won't be subscribing.

    3 votes
    1. TheInvaderZim
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      The good ol' epic store argument. Its not that youre wrong, youre just mistaken that the consumer still has the drive to change on their own.

      The good ol' epic store argument. Its not that youre wrong, youre just mistaken that the consumer still has the drive to change on their own.

      1 vote
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    Sahasrahla
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    I wonder what options they'll have for dubbing and subtitles. Disney's animated movies are available in dozens of languages including some minority languages that it's hard to find content in. If...

    I wonder what options they'll have for dubbing and subtitles. Disney's animated movies are available in dozens of languages including some minority languages that it's hard to find content in. If they wanted they could turn their service into a useful tool for language learners.

    2 votes
    1. mrbig
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      I wish it was that simple. Disney does localize many IPs globally, but a large part of its catalog is licensed to local stations and companies. They are usually responsible for subcontracting the...

      I wish it was that simple. Disney does localize many IPs globally, but a large part of its catalog is licensed to local stations and companies. They are usually responsible for subcontracting the dubs and subtitles, for which they detain the rights. The contracts are a mess... That's why, in my country, if a movie or TV show changes channel, sometimes it also changes dubs. Disney would have to either acquire these rights or create entirely new localizations.

      2 votes
  7. [3]
    Papaya
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    I think the platform is going to be successful just because it will cater to kids who love Disney movies. Soon every parent will have a subscription for their kids.

    I think the platform is going to be successful just because it will cater to kids who love Disney movies. Soon every parent will have a subscription for their kids.

    2 votes
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      mrbig
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      One thing many people are forgetting is that Disney also owns lots of non-kids IPs...

      One thing many people are forgetting is that Disney also owns lots of non-kids IPs...

      1. bub
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        It's appalling how much Disney owns, actually. I expect people will be surprised by what ends up on this service, thinking "how did they get the rights to that," and then realizing that Disney...

        It's appalling how much Disney owns, actually. I expect people will be surprised by what ends up on this service, thinking "how did they get the rights to that," and then realizing that Disney owns it now. Like all the Fox IPs.

        2 votes