Bob Iger, CEO of Disney has announced that the streaming service, Disney+, will launch in the United States in December 2019. It will feature a range of exclusive Marvel, Star Wars and Pixar content.
Star Wars and Marvel fans across the world will be excited by the prospect of a dedicated Disney streaming service.
Iger also announced that Lucasfilm is in development on a second Star Wars live-action series for Disney+ that will go into production next year.
Research from over 30 live operator networks has found that already 50 percent of mobile video is now HD – originating from OTTs like Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime, and Facebook. Operators are already struggling to manage HD (1080p) content because it requires 3-4x more bandwidth than standard (480p) video.
Disney has timed its streaming service for Christmas 2019. That will be exhilarating for subscribers but less so for operators. At last month’s Mobile Video Industry Council attended by BT, EE, Deutsche Telekom, Telefonica, MTS, Telus, KPN, Orange, Vodafone – and many other carriers – some voiced their concerns about AR/VR (Augmented/Virtual Reality) streaming that’s expected to increase with 5G. That’s because AR will be 33x more data-intensive than 480p video.
It won’t be long before video content providers like Disney+ start introducing a Star Wars AR/VR experience. And if history is anything going by, it’s only a matter of time before Disney+ introduces tighter encryption protocols that make managing video traffic even harder. All of this will stretch things to the breaking point for those operators not taking proactive steps to build video-centric networks now.