Disney plans new 'Star Wars,' Marvel series for new streaming service

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With The Punisher set to release on Netflix in just one week, it will still go ahead as planned, but for future seasons of the other shows, you're going to have to subscribe to Disney's service.

A wicked hurricane season, falling advertising sales and a cancelled movie sapped fourth-quarter profit at Disney, the company said, leading to the first drop in annual results since the financial crisis nearly a decade ago.

Walt Disney Company chairman and CEO Bob Iger has confirmed that Disney's now unnamed streaming service, set to launch in 2019, will feature a new live-action TV series set in the Star Wars universe.

Disney said Thursday it's already working on a new Star Wars trilogy to follow the series that's scheduled to wrap up in December 2019.

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"It's becoming an internet TV world", Hastings said, "which presents both challenges and opportunities for Netflix as we strive to earn screen time". Disney says its service will include 500 plans from its popular library - including Star Wars and Marvel movies - and about 7,000 episodes of Disney TV.

Disney shares rose 2% to $102.68 before financial results were released late Thursday, and they were up slightly in after-hours trading.

Disney CEO and chairman Bob Iger said that a series based on the Pixar-owned Monsters franchise, another based on High School Musical and a Marvel Entertainment-produced shows were also being readied for the platform.

A recent report from CNBC claimed Disney wanted to purchase a large majority of 21st Century Fox, including the rights to films like the X-Men franchise and TV series like Futurama.

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Disney unveiled its plans to launch an own-brand subscription video service in August, pulling its content off SVOD service Netflix and revealing plans to create original content. All are set for the streaming service, which is due to debut online in 2019.

As well as the new TV show, a new Star Wars movie trilogy with Rian Johnson at the helm has been announced.

As soon as we know more, we'll let you know, sports fans. That being said, Disney Channel will also contribute films for the service. Netflix now charges between $8 and $12 a month.

The service will launch in the US.

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