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Disney is looking to jump on the streaming hype train, announcing they’ll be rolling out their own digital subscription service in the U.K. next month.
DisneyLife — which will be made available in several countries in Europe by next year — will make most of the titles from its gigantic catalogue available on the service. The entire Pixar library, which includes films like The Incredibles, Toy Story and Up, was also announced as part of the package, according to The Financial Times.
CEO Bob Iger confirmed that Star Wars and Marvel Cinematic Universe films would not be included, but announced that separate subscription services dedicated to these franchises may be launched in the future.
When asked why the company is rolling out the service now, Iger told Variety that the decision to finally make all of the company’s titles available through one service came after noticing a cry for change from the consumer base.
“This is the future, in many respects,”
Iger said. “We’re seeing more and more opportunities to reach consumers directly and not through middlemen.”
Although Iger confirmed there are no plans right now to bring the service over to the U.S. and Canada, he didn’t rule out the possibility entirely. Netflix did just recently sign a deal with Disney for access to all future theatrical releases starting next year, so there’s a good chance DisneyLife won’t be making its way across the pond for quite some time.