Disney Announces Streaming Service Bundle, Potential Home Alone Reboot

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Disney’s plans to take things to a new level digitally are unfolding bit by bit. When the new Disney+ streaming service arrives in November of this year, customers will have options for just Disney + or a bundle plan. That bundle will include two other streaming services, Hulu and ESPN+ at a discounted package price.

According to CNET’s report, Disney announced on Tuesday that the bundle of all three streaming services will cost $13 a month. If purchased separately, the three streaming services cost customers $18. Disney+ will cost $7 a month. Hulu currently costs $5.99 a month, while ESPN+ costs $4.99 a month. The aggressive pricing is a strong move as Disney looks to compete with the likes of current streaming giant Netflix, and others such as Apple or upcoming HBO Max.

The new Disney+ platform will allow customers to watch a library of Disney classics, recent Marvel films like Captain Marvel or Avengers: Endgame, and brand new programming. Those new pieces of content include a Star Wars spinoff called The Mandalorian and several Avengers spinoff series including shows based on Hawkeye, Falcon, and Scarlett Witch.

Disney originally announced their $7-per-month price for Disney Plus this past April. That originally drew a surprised reaction from those attending an investors meeting. The new bundle price is also drawing positive reactions from those calling it an early win for the upcoming subscription service.

On August 23, Disney will hold a biennial fan conference in Anaheim, California called D23. Those in attendance are the first to get the chance to sign up for the new Disney+ service. Iger announced Disney will also work with different distributors to sell their subscription service such as Amazon or Apple. So far, there’s no word on when general subscriptions will be available for Disney Plus.

Disney made headlines when they finally completed their purchase of 21st Century Fox for $71.3 billion this past year. Due to that purchase, customers may also see some popular Fox franchises get reboot treatment on the Disney+ platform. CEO Bob Iger indicated these could include Night at the Museum and Home Alone.

The original Home Alone arrived back in 1990 starring Macaulay Culkin and went on to make $467.7 million at the box office. According to BBC’s report, it also has a favorable 80 percent overall rating at Rotten Tomatoes and brought two sequels with it. Meanwhile, Night at the Museum scored at 42 percent overall review rating at Rotten Tomatoes. The 2006 film certainly could be in store for an upgraded edition.

Iger said Disney wants to start “reimagining” these franchises and others for a newer generation of viewers. Other examples Iger gave for possible reboots included Cheaper by the Dozen and Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

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