Disney+ video streaming service to launch in late 2019

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Disney’s plans to launch a Netflix-rivalling streaming service have been known for some time, but the company has now revealed the name and expected launch date.

Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger has revealed the service will be called Disney+ and is scheduled to launch in the US in late 2019. Any potential UK launch would be likely to follow in 2020 at the earliest.

Following Iger’s announcement last year that the service would exclusively stream Marvel and Star Wars films, he also revealed that Lucasfilm is developing a second Star Wars live-action series for Disney+ that is due to go into production next year. 

According to Disney, 'the series will follow the adventures of Rebel spy Cassian Andor during the formative years of the Rebellion and prior to the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story'.

Subscribers to Disney+ will also get a Marvel Studios live-action series based on Marvel character Loki, starring Tom Hiddleston.

This new content will be joined by other Disney and Marvel films and series, which the company hopes will give it an edge over its rivals.

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