Disney Streaming Service Name Revealed

Rogue One A Star Wars Story

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Disney will be holding an event in April to reveal more details on the upcoming service, which will launch sometime in 2019. There's no word on a release date yet, nor do we know if Darth Vader might appear, crushing larynxes and making quips.

During an earnings call earlier today Disney chairman Bob Iger made a huge announcement.

Disney plans to make Disney+ the online home for all its family-friendly content, while Hulu - which Disney will control after its takeover of 21st Century Fox - will serve as its subscription service for edgier, more adult-oriented fare. We're moving ever closer to the breaking point where subscribers are fed up of paying for half a dozen different streaming services.

While Rogue One was subjected to intense scrutiny over the reshoots that took place under the stewardship of Tony Gilroy, the film was a smash hit at the box office, earning more than $1 billion worldwide.

Fans can also look forward to exclusive movies like Noel, a Christmas movie about Santa's daughter played by Anna Kendrick, and Togo, a movie about the 1925 Nome Serum Run starring William DaFoe.

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Along with its spiffy new moniker, it's also been announced that the service will get a second show based in the Star Wars universe, following Jon Favreau's series The Manadalorian, which is already in production. Netflix users have long bemoaned how often films are buried or lost on the homepage, and the Disney+ model promises the possibility of a superior user experience.

Along with the company's similarly named ESPN+ service, Disney+ is built on streaming technology from BAMTech, the onetime Major League Baseball spin-off company that powers streaming apps for everything from MLB.TV and HBO GO to PlayStation Vue and the WWE Network. This could be a reaction to Solo: A Star Wars Story's lackluster performance at the box office, but it's more than likely a play to ensure that Disney+ can attract as many subscribers as possible.

Walt Disney results have beaten Wall Street estimates thanks to summer crowds that swarmed into its theme parks and filled cinemas showing Marvel movie "Ant-Man and the Wasp".

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