Disney sees differentiation between Hulu and Disney+, the newly named standalone streaming platform, and says home video releases could come sooner
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Disney has official named its upcoming streaming platform Disney+ (pronounced Disney Plus), and on a recent fiscal call, Disney boss Bob Iger has outlined the company's vision for its streaming products.
The major studio's upcoming streaming platform has been given an official name, Disney+, and according to Iger, it will be the place where many of Disney's IPs will see new original productions. New movie and series set in the worlds of 'Monsters Inc.', Disney Channel's 'High School Musical' and 'Star Wars' will populate the "cheaper than Netflix" streaming service.
In addition to Jon Favreau's eagerly anticipated 'The Mandalorian', a new Star Wars live-action series set between the saga movies 'Return of the Jedi' and 'The Force Awakens', Disney has just announced another live-action Star Wars series to be a prequel to 'Rogue One'. It will see Diego Luna reprise his role of Andor from 'Rogue One', setting the series at a time between the Prequel movies and 'Rogue One'.
Disney is also producing a live-action series based on the Marvel character Loki, to star the Marvel's Universe film's original Loki actor, Tom Hiddleston.
With the acquisition of Fox, Disney is now the majority owner of Hulu (along with Comcast and WarnerMedia, who own 30% and 10% respectively), and Iger says Disney has big plans for the streaming platform.
Far from it fearing that Disney+ will being too similar to Hulu, Iger says that Hulu is an entirely different product serving an entirely different demographic.
Iger says Hulu has a younger user base and it will be the place where Disney airs its more "edgier" content, leaving Disney+ for more family friendly entertainment.
"We'll leave the more family-oriented programming to the Disney+ app," said Iger.
With the might of both Hulu and Disney+ behind the studio, Bog Iger said the company had no plans to bring theatrical releases to streaming in an earlier fashion, saying the current way of doing things works fine. "If it ain’t broke", Iger quipped in regards to early access to theatrical content.
Iger wasn't so strict when it came to home video releases on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and electronic sellthrough, saying the company is considering bringing the home video release date a little bit closer to the theatrical window (without affecting the theatrical window currently in place).
"You'll likely see us protect that as well, although there's going to be discussion around whether there’s an opportunity to move product into that window maybe a little sooner," explained Iger.