Disney Plus streaming service to launch in US on November 12, content details unveiled

Disney has revealed more details about its streaming service Disney Plus, which will launch in the US in November.

It's set to feature more than 500 films and 7500 episodes of TV by next year, from the catalogues of Star Wars, Marvel, The Simpsons, National Geographic, Disney and Pixar, among other brands.

Disney Plus, also stylised as Disney+, is a push from the company to compete with the likes of Netflix and Apple.

It'll launch first in the US on November 12 and cost US$6.99 per month.

While a release date for New Zealand and how much it will cost here hasn't been announced, the company says it'll launch in "each major region of the world... over the next two years".

The details were revealed simultaneously online and at a Disney Plus investors conference in the US, where screenshots of how Disney Plus will look were also showcased. 

Disney says customers will be able to download the content, not just stream it, so that they can view it later without an internet connection, if they want.

Star Wars TV show The Mandalorian, on which New Zealander Taika Waititi is a director, will premiere on Disney Plus the day it launches, while all Star Wars films will "roll out within the first year", the company says.

Another Star Wars spin-off show, which will centre on Rogue One character Cassian Andor, is also being produced for Disney Plus.

In addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe films, new spin-off TV shows will come to Disney Plus - Loki, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, and Wandavision, which will centre on Vision and Scarlet Witch.

"The Disney+ service will be available on a wide range of mobile and connected devices, including gaming consoles, streaming media players and smart TVs," says Disney.

"[It] will adjust to the best possible high-definition viewing experience based on a subscriber’s available bandwidth, with support for up to 4K HDR video playback."

More information about the content coming to Disney Plus is available on the Walt Disney Company website.

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