During yesterday’s Q3 FY18 earnings call, Disney CEO Bob Iger offered up a few details on their new streaming service that is slated to go live in 2019. When it comes to the topic of Star Wars, fans are eager to see what new entries in the franchise will be coming via this new delivery method. But as far as looking back and seeing if previous Star Wars films (those from George Lucas as well as Disney’s Star Wars films released in theaters before Episode IX) would be coming to the service, Iger stated that will not be the case.
“We want to walk before we run when it comes to volume of content,” [Bob Iger] said, later adding, “We have to put enough on to make sense from a price-to-value relationship perspective.”
To that end, Iger suggested that Disney’s streaming service might be a lower cost option to Netflix. He noted that the company’s pricing will reflect its “lower volume” of content. There will also be some notable omissions. Some of Disney’s biggest franchises, such as “Star Wars” movies released before next year, will not be available. They have been licensed to other distributors.
“The marketing will make clear that it’s not going to be on there,” said Iger. “But ‘Star Wars’ movies that come out in 2019 and later, you’ll find them there.”
Iger stated he expects the service to go live towards the end of next year and also reiterated the company’s desire to price their streaming service at a lower cost than Netflix based on the lower volume of content that will be available from the jump.
Head on over to Variety for more.