Back in November, Iger confirmed that a Star Wars series was being worked on, along with TV shows based on the Marvel, Monsters Inc and High School Musical universes. However if you're a bit of a sports fanatic and would love to see sports streams, then ESPN Plus could be a service worth checking out. The CEO announced today that Disney is working on "a few" Star Wars series that will remain exclusive to the streaming service.
The Disney boss said that the app would also offer "an increasingly personalised experience" by using explicit choices and implicit behaviour to curate a mix of content tailored to the tastes of individual users. They were "Star Wars: The Last Jedi", "Thor: Ragnarok" and "Coco", but operating income at the studio fell because of lower home entertainment and streaming sales.
With the company ending its output deal with Netflix after the 2018 slate (though Fox will keep its HBO output beyond that), an increased focus will be on the nature of the app's originals. Being inundated with new Star Wars content multiple times a year could create franchise fatigue.
No word on what the new shows will be about or where or when they might fit in the "Star Wars" timeline.
"The third feature is a plus service, we're calling it ESPN Plus, that will include an array of live programming that is not available - live sports, live sports events - on current channels", Iger said to CNBC. "With this service having massive amounts of sports content, it's the flawless foray into streaming in our opinion with Disney's standalone service coming down the pike slated for 2019, with the Fox acquisition and Hulu ownership making the company a legitimate streaming player".
The results were released after the market closed. Weiss would be given the reins to a brand-new Star Wars trilogy, C.E.O.
Although you can now access ESPN's content through skinny TV streaming services like Sling TV, which allow you to purchase add-on sports packages, Disney's new ESPN streaming service would mark the first time the broadcaster has been available through an independent, multi-sport, Disney-owned service that doesn't have any licensing limitations and isn't tied to a third party like Sling TV. Losses from BamTech, the streaming service in which Disney bought majority control, also crimped results. "As you know we've stayed away from co-financing with the belief that you're in for a penny, in for a pound in the movie business". Now, we're getting a few TV shows.