A new streaming TV option is about to launch in the UK, With Disney's DisneyLife taking the form of an Android and iOS app -- accompanied by a £9.99 subscription fee -- and arriving this November.
Films from Disney and the studios it owns, TV content, music and books are all going to be on offer when the service arrives in November, with the FT reporting that users can expect to see the full Pixar catalogue available for repeat watching alongside "thousands" of episodes of inoffensive content from the Disney Channel and its all-time classic movies like Snow White, The Jungle Book and Straw Dogs.
Rather nice for us here in the UK, the service shows little sign of launching in the US -- where overlapping exclusivity arrangements with the other media streaming giants mean Disney can't just start competing with those it's already sold rights to stream its content to.
Disney chief exec Bob Iger said: "We’re seeing more and more opportunities to reach consumers directly and not through middlemen, and we’re seeing consumers wanting product in different ways."
As for the app-only approach, Iger said: "There’s so much more texture to [the app experience], and it takes advantage of what technology is enabling these days -- whereas a linear channel doesn’t. There’s nothing wrong with linear television, but that’s one of the reasons why the app experience is going to grow." [FT, Variety via Guardian]