Without getting into specifics about how Disney will bifurcate development on all its new goodies between the theater and the living room, Iger emphasized the ongoing importance of feature films, while acknowledging that Fox's new Marvel brands will be vital to the success of its forthcoming digital streaming service.
Due to prior licensing deals, Disney's initial offerings will pale in comparison to those of Netflix.
Chief Executive Bob Iger touted the benefits of Disney's $71.3 billion acquisition of Fox's assets, emphasizing the importance of the Star Wars and Sky pay-TV assets.
"If a consumer wants all three, ultimately we see an opportunity to bundle them from a pricing perspective", Iger said, explaining that the reason for keeping them separate lies in a philosophy that smaller, more consumer-directed bundles seem to be the future of streaming, and trying to aggregate all of Disney's diverse content into one place would likely become unwieldy. "The marketing will make clear that it's not going to be on there", Iger promised, per Variety. Dragons: They don't come cheap!
Like with its Marvel films, Disney had previously licensed the streaming rights for its Star Wars titles, including Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Will the MCU films be enough to sway you over to Disney's eventual streaming service?
Presented only as an offhand comment rather than an official reveal, the Times reports the Star Wars series will run for 10 episodes, with an estimated budget for the series clocking in at a hefty $US100 million ($135 million), or pretty much $US10 million ($13.5 million) an episode.
This confirms what has been suspected all along, that the streaming rights would kick over for all of Disney's movies starting in 2019 and beyond. It is scheduled to open on December 20, 2019. However, those deals are not yet set to expire until 2024 and could end up costing Disney a substantial amount of money in order to satisfy AT&T-owned Turner Broadcasting's financial demands.
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