Disney+, the highly anticipated streaming service from The Walt Disney Company, launched today in the U.S., Canada, and The Netherlands. With nearly 500 films and 7,500 episodes of television from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and more, Disney+ is the exclusive home for some of the world's most beloved stories as well as a robust slate of original content ready to be discovered.

"The launch of Disney+ is a historic moment for our company that marks a new era of innovation and creativity," said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company. "Disney+ provides an exceptional entertainment experience, showcasing our library of beloved movies, TV series and exclusive original content from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic."

As part of the launch, the service premiered its first original series and films including The Mandalorian, the epic first-ever live-action Star Wars series; Lady and the Tramp, a live-action re-telling of the 1955 animated classic; Noelle, an original holiday comedy film starring Anna Kendrick, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, the all-new scripted series set at the real-life East High featured in the blockbuster film franchise; The World According to Jeff Goldblum docu-series from National Geographic; Marvel's Hero Project, which celebrates extraordinary kids making a difference in their communities; Encore!, executive produced by the multi-talented Kristen Bell; The Imagineering Story 6-part documentary from Emmy and Academy Award-nominated director Leslie Iwerks; short-form series Pixar IRL and Disney Family Sundays; and animated short film collections SparkShorts and Forky Asks A Question from Pixar Animation Studios.

In case you wondering if there were ways to get Disney+ for free, there are.

Beginning November 15, most new episodes of each series will premiere on Fridays at 12:01 AM PT.

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The Past, Present, and Future of Storytelling

The service provides viewers of all ages an unrivaled collection of new and library content from the world-class creators of The Walt Disney Company - the visionaries representing nearly a century of creativity from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and more.

Beginning today, Disney+ subscribers can enjoy the following

• Timeless animated films from Walt Disney Animation Studios' Walt Disney Signature Collection, created or inspired by the imagination and legacy of Walt Disney - including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Beauty and the Beast, Pinocchio, Bambi, The Lion King, Lady and The Tramp, Peter Pan, The Little Mermaid, Cinderella and more.

Three of the four highest-grossing films of all time: Avengers: Endgame, Avatar, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

• Thirty seasons of the 11-time Emmy Award-winning series The Simpsons.

Marvel movies are also on Disney+, including Avengers: Endgame, as well as Captain America: Civil War, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Captain Marvel, Iron Man, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Iron Man 2, Thor, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: The First Avenger, and Ant-Man.

• Thousands of episodes from hit Disney Channel and Disney Junior series such as The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, Kim Possible, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, PJ Masks, and Jake and the Never Land Pirates along with more than 100 Disney Channel Original Movies including Descendants, High School Musical, and Camp Rock.

• 18 of Pixar Animation Studios' groundbreaking fan favorite movies including Wall-E, Up, Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Toy Story, Inside Out and Brave, as well as all of Pixar's beloved theatrical shorts such as the Academy Award-winning Bao and Sanjay's Super Team.

• Over 400 hours of content from National Geographic, including the critically-acclaimed and award-winning documentary "Free Solo" and the streaming debut of "Science Fair."

• All six of the original classic Star Wars films released between 1977-1999, in addition to recent blockbusters Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. By the end of 2020, the entire Skywalker saga will be available on the service.

• Marvel television series from the 1970s to present day including X-Men, Spider-Man, and Marvel's Runaways.

Subscribers will also have access to a burgeoning collection of 4K Ultra HD films including the first seven Star Wars movies available for the first time in this format, along with Hocus Pocus, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Toy Story 1-3, and more.

Best-in-Class Experience, Available Anywhere, Anytime

Disney+ offers subscribers high-quality and commercial-free viewing, up to four concurrent streams, unlimited downloads on up to ten devices, personalized recommendations, and the ability to set up to seven different profiles. Additionally, parents have the ability to set Kids Profiles that create an easy -to-navigate interface to access age-appropriate content.

Consumers can subscribe to Disney+ directly at DisneyPlus.com or via in-app purchase from the following partner platforms and devices (dependent on country):

  • • Amazon (Fire TV Devices, Fire TV Edition Smart TVs, and Fire Tablets)
  • • Apple (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple TV, and fully integrated with the Apple TV app; customers can subscribe to Disney+ via in-app purchase)
  • • Google (Android phones, Android TV devices, Google Chromecast and Chromecast built-in devices)
  • • LG Smart TVs with webOS
  • • Microsoft (Xbox One)
  • • Samsung Smart TVs
  • • Sony / Sony Interactive Entertainment (all Android based Sony TVs and PlayStationې)
  • • Roku (Roku® streaming players and Roku TV™ models)

For one low monthly (or annual) fee, Disney+ offers consumers of all ages a compelling entertainment offering and an amazing price-to-value proposition.

Starting today, consumers in the U.S. also have the opportunity to purchase a Disney bundle featuring Disney+, Hulu (with ads), and ESPN+ for $12.99 per month, providing access to all of the Disney+ programming plus thousands of live sporting events, sports-themed original series and award-winning sports documentaries from ESPN+; as well as Hulu's award-winning original content and on-demand streaming library. To learn more about the Disney bundle visit here.

Today marks the beginning of the global rollout of Disney+, with expectations to launch in most major global markets within its first two years. Available now in the U.S., Canada, and the Netherlands, Disney+ will launch next week in Australia, New Zealand, and Puerto Rico on November 19.

Announced earlier this month, on March 31, 2020, Disney+ will launch in markets across Western Europe - including the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and a number of other countries in the region.

Disney+ is the dedicated streaming home for movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and more, together, for the first time. From The Walt Disney Company's Direct-to-Consumer and International segment, Disney+ is available on any internet-connected screen and offers commercial-free programming with a variety of original feature-length films, documentaries, live-action and animated series and short-form content.

Brian B. at Movieweb
Brian B.