So, what’s better than a streaming service that offers every Disney movie ever made? A streaming service with all the Disney/Pixar/Marvel movies AND Hulu AND ESPN.
In it’s quest to completely destroy Netflix, Disney announced that it would offer a bundled service with its new Disney + streaming service. Viewers can choose between the Disney only service for $6.99 a month, or a bundle that includes Hulu and ESPN for $12.99. That’s what I was paying for Netflix before I cancelled it last month.
I had wondered if Hulu was going to be cannibalized by the new Disney streaming, but apparently it will remain as its own entity in addition to being part of a new Disney bundle.
Honestly, that’s going to be a hard deal to beat. One of the biggest barriers to cord cutting and getting rid of cable is live sports programming. And Disney will start off with an amazing catalog that will be exclusive to this new service: all the Disney movies, the Star Wars franchise, the Marvel Universe, and the Fox library (including the most popular shows on Netflix, like “Friends.”)
The big question will be how many streaming services can the market bear? Will subscribers continue to keep multiple services? Will they rotate from one to another after watching all the original content they wanted to see? Will they join forces and share accounts to save money? And how much GOOD original content can all of these services churn out (and for how long?)
Time will tell. It will be interesting to see how many of these streaming services are still in business after 2020. But personally, my money is on The Mouse.