Streaming soon: Disney+

If you read the post just below this cartoon/post, you know how I feel about movies. Movies and sport, 4K and what TV-watching we do in our extended family on Lot 4.

I wrote that piece because this cartoon was emailed to me by one of our regular followers. And I certainly accept that Bob Iger and Disney have the talent pool and sufficient geedus to capture as much of our allotted electronic entertainment time as anyone else in the business. Gobbling up Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox and adding that to existing goodies like Pixar and Marvel and ESPN ain’t easy-peasy. I expect the talent pool at Disney will come through to meet the standards set by Iger.

And as I said in the preceding post — “Storytelling will play as big a part as cost, no doubt. But, the storytelling is how it always starts. A great deal on crap television is not what we’re looking for.”

10 thoughts on “Streaming soon: Disney+

  1. Jonathan Scott Griffin says:

    I wish I could get behind this, but I can’t (not that it matter, as Disney will go on regardless of what I think). I like Disney. I like the Simpsons. But I hate the two being mixed together. Recently, Disney advertised the Simpsons on their page. Prior to this, Disney has, of course, been advertising superhero movies. None of this feels like Disney to me. It all feels soulless. Disney is not unique anymore. It’s like every other media company. Frankly, I can’t wait for Bob Iger to step down, but someone just as bad or worse will probably take his place.

  2. Boffo says:

    “Disney sets record for highest-grossing year for a studio with five months to spare” (CNN Business 7/28/19) https://www.ksl.com/article/46604708/disney-sets-record-for-highest-grossing-year-for-a-studio-with-five-months-to-spare The company has brought in an industry record $7.67 billion to date at the worldwide box office, it announced on Sunday. That passed the previous record, which was also set by Disney, when it made $7.61 billion at the global box office in 2016. The studio has the top five highest-grossing films at the domestic box office this year.

  3. Auteur says:

    “Martin Scorsese defends his Marvel take and hits on a growing issue : The director’s New York Times op-ed is a must-read” https://www.theverge.com/2019/11/5/20949678/martin-scorsese-marvel-disney-superhero-cinema “Scorsese’s less-than-subtle callout of Disney and its monolithic presence has resonated with cinephiles who have decried Disney’s power for some time. There’s a good reason: Disney’s dominance is both impressive and terrifying.”
    (NYT 11/4/19): “Martin Scorsese: I Said Marvel Movies Aren’t Cinema. Let Me Explain.” https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/04/opinion/martin-scorsese-marvel.html
    [Mr. Scorsese is an Academy Award-winning director, writer and producer].

  4. House of Mouse says:

    Films are quietly disappearing from Disney Plus https://www.polygon.com/disney-plus/2020/1/2/21046851/films-leaving-disney-plus-home-alone-pirates-of-the-caribbean-dr-dolittle
    Also, according to a report from Bloomberg, a few of the service’s biggest titles, like Black Panther, are currently set to lapse back to Netflix in 2026, where they were before Disney Plus launched [see “Hollywood Studios Say They’re Quitting Netflix, But the Truth Is More Complicated” https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-05-30/when-will-shows-disappear-from-netflix-it-s-complicated ].
    On top of that, a few enterprising Disney Plus users noticed that other films had hidden expiration dates, which could indicate the end of certain contracts and licensing deals, even though Disney owns all of the titles on Disney Plus. https://comicbook.com/movies/2019/11/12/disney-plus-movies-shows-leaving-date-revealed/

  5. Update says:

    “Disney executives have cut the word “Fox” from their 20th Century Fox film studio in an apparent bid to distance it from operations of the previous owner, Rupert Murdoch.” (BBC News) https://www.bbc.com/news/business-51160219
    Variety magazine, which broke the news about the name change, said it had spoken to an unnamed Disney source, who said: “I think the Fox name means Murdoch, and that is toxic.”
    Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News has been a cheerleader for Donald Trump.
    See also “Disney Drops Fox Name, Will Rebrand as 20th Century Studios, Searchlight Pictures” (Variety) https://variety.com/2020/film/news/disney-dropping-fox-20th-century-studios-1203470349/ and “The Disney-Fox giant in four charts” (March 2019) https://www.bbc.com/news/business-47671266

  6. Update says:

    “Disney shares jump as Disney+ subscriptions pass 50 million” https://www.cnbc.com/2020/04/08/disney-plus-hits-50-million-subscribers-almost-double-from-february.html
    “Disney+ rolled out in the U.K, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria and Switzerland in the past two weeks, the company said. It also launched in India last week.
    But people who are stuck at home around the globe due to lockdowns related to coronavirus have also spending more time online. Verizon’s web traffic spiked 20% in a single week, for example. On March 31, Nielsen said that streaming viewership jumped 22% during the week of March 16 versus the prior week. According to that report, most people spend their time streaming Netflix.
    Netflix added 8.8 million net global subscribers during the fourth quarter of 2019, 8.33 million of whom were international subscribers. At the time, it had over 167 million paying subscribers globally. 60.4 million subscribers are in the U.S.”

    “Disney in the age of COVID-19: For now, Disney+ may be the only plus” https://www.marketwatch.com/story/disney-in-the-age-of-covid-19-for-now-disney-may-be-the-only-plus-2020-04-07

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