The war between Disney and Netflix is hotting up. We already knew that Disney will yank all its content – including its Marvel and 'Star Wars' franchises – from Netflix and house them on its own streaming service when it launches in 2019. But now comes word the service will not only host a live-action 'Star Wars' series, it'll also be cheaper than Netflix. Ouch!
A live-action 'Star Wars' TV series has been rumoured for years, so it's big news that it's finally happening. And it'll undoubtedly be a big draw for the new streaming service.
Disney recently announced a new 'Star Wars' trilogy of films is on the way too, so it's obviously keen to expand the franchise's universe.
Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed the news to investors. According to reports, he also said Disney is working on shows based on 'Monsters, Inc.', 'High School Musical' and a new Marvel series.
Previously, the only 'Star Wars' TV series have been animated.
Iger also revealed that the streaming service will undercut Netflix. "I can say that our plan on the Disney side is to price this substantially below where Netflix is," he said. "That is, in part, reflective of the fact that it will have substantially less volume."
Netflix recently increased its prices in the UK. Disney's content will disappear from Netflix when the current deal expires in 2019.