The Disney+ streaming serivce will house licensed third-party content at launch

Disney Plus Bob Iger

Fun fact: the "+" in Disney+ stands for "more", obviously, but also not available on Netflix or Stan. That may seem like a huge shock, but it was always bound to happen because Disney is looking to steer streamers to the upcoming Disney+ streaming service, which will exclusively carry Captain Marvel's hotly anticipated origin story movie.

The revelation that Captain Marvel won't make it to Netflix this year came during Disney's investor call on Tuesday. As a response, Iger said "we haven't been particularly good at the self-publishing side, but we've been great at the licensing side".

This suggests that, should Disney follow through on this tease of potential R-rated pics outside of the Deadpool series, the films won't feel like standard Disney fare such as Frozen or Aladdin or The Lion King (not that anyone was really expecting a violent new take on an animated classic).

'Over the years, as you know, we've tried our hand at self-publishing, we've bought companies, we've sold companies, we've bought developers, we've closed developers, ' he said. "Many are the same innovators driving the prolific success of Disney, Pixar, Lucasfilm, and Marvel".

Disney has emphasized the development of its own original streaming service as it looks to compete with industry giant Netflix and stave off the effects of the cord-cutting trend that has weighed on its bottom line. "Because we need to launch the service with some volume - and it takes time to ramp up - we're buying certain products from the outside opportunistically, and we'll continue to do that".

The Walt Disney Company (Disney) started the financial year 2019 on a strong note by smashing Wall Street expectations.

But just because it's focusing more and more on Disney+, the company doesn't plan to "adjust the theatrical window", the CEO said.



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