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Marvel Plans Loki, Scarlet Witch Shows for Disney Streaming

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  1. Adam Lenhardt

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    My guess is that the standalone streaming media devices like Roku, Chromecast, Fire Stick, and Apple TV will all have the Disney+ app available in their channel stores.

    Implementation for "smart" TVs and "smart" Blu-Ray players will probably vary by manufacturer. But my experience with them is that they don't tend to add apps after they go to market, instead support for apps gradually declines over time. New "smart" TVs and "smart" Blu-Ray players almost certainly will have Disney+ support from probably mid-2020 forward.
     
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    Frankly, this is why I use a set top box even though my Blu-ray players and TVs have come with apps built in. I've noticed that the technical quality of the video when streaming on those devices does not appear to be up to the same quality as the stand-alone boxes, and there's never any support for the apps.

    That's probably why major the different subscription services have deals with apps like Hulu and Amazon to service as providers - so that, for instance, CBS All Access can still reach subscribers who are stuck on a device which only offers Amazon Prime and Hulu but not the ability to add new apps.
     
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    Disney confirmed that the PS4 will have a Disney+ app. No word on PS3 (which is the device I currently use for my streaming apps--but I'd switch to my PS4 if I had to).
     
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    Have they said anything about 4K?

    As far as I’m concerned, it should be part of the standard service and not only available with an up charge. I haven’t heard anything mentioned about it either way, so I’m hoping it is just part of the normal service.
     
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    The only streaming services I’ve ever used (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and VUDU) have been through apps on my TV or BD player with the exception of CBS All Access which I added through Prime for a month to watch Star Trek.

    I wasn’t sure how common it was to have another new streaming service become available through an existing streaming service like CBS AA through Prime as I’ve never looked into any of the other upstarts.
     
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    Indeed. Disney+ is going to make CBS AA look really bad by comparison. The ad version of CBS AA is the same price as Disney+, which has a lot more content, especially original content, and is ad-free.
     
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    Disney+ has the potential to change the landscape for a lot of streaming services.

    I don't necessarily think any of them charge something unreasonable, but I also don't watch a lot of that content, so I'm not hugely motivated to subscribe unless there's something specific I want to see. The Disney+ pricing makes it easier to commit without having a firm plan to watch anything specific. And I wonder if Disney+ is as successful as I think it will be, if customers of other services will complain and consider cutting back. Why should HBO Now's service be valued at $15 a month for a much more limited selection of programming, when Disney+ will offer far more for less than half of that? Will HBO Now be forced to cut their price? Or will people who watch HBO Now care so much about the things they do watch on it that the price won't matter?
     
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    I guarantee HBO is going to push hard to have that Game of Thrones prequel ready as soon as possible, sometime in 2020.
     
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    In regards to HBO specifically, I think that question will be answered differently in a post-Game of Thrones landscape and largely depends on whether HBO succeeds in developing another show that hits the cultural zeitgeist in the way that that one did.
     
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    I'm not so sure Game Of Thrones is ultimately that important to them. Don't get me wrong, it's their big hit show, but they have more to offer than that. They were a high priced, premium service before Game Of Thrones, and there's every indication they will be afterwards. I don't watch Game Of Thrones, but my understanding is that this year's season will be just six episodes. That's two months of subscription time, or one month if you don't mind starting a little late and playing catch-up. In other words, Game Of Thrones alone doesn't make HBO's $15 fee viable, and the absence of Game Of Thrones won't suddenly tank their business.

    But with Disney+ to launch with (presumably) high quality original programming on par with HBO's originals, it may raise a more existential question about whether any individual service is worth $15. Just as Napster taught a generation of music listeners to expect music to be free, or Spotify taught the next generation that for $10 a month, you could have every song every recorded, will Disney+ at $7 create a new cultural expectation that streaming media shouldn't be priced higher than that?

    I don't know the answer to that question. I'm not sure anyone can know it right at this second. But I'm very curious to see how it all plays out.
     
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    HBO's greatest strength has always been being a boutique label that has a small, well-curated stable of shows with strong reputations. I think AT&T's desire for higher quantity targeted to a broader audience is ultimately going to backfire.
     
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    Looks like Hulu is the new home for the more adult Marvel TV shows. Variety reports that Marvel will have a Ghost Rider series and a Helstrom series ("Son of Satan," "Satana") on Hulu in 2020. Ghost Rider looks likely to be played by Gabriel Luna, who played the character on Agents of SHIELD. (Luna confirmed his involvement via a tweet.) These will be live-action shows, unlike the new animated series already announced for Hulu. The shows will be produced by Jeph Loeb.

    It's a good bet that the Netflix shows could find a home here.

    https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/ghost-rider-helstrom-marvel-series-hulu-1203201891/
     
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    Kari Skogland has signed on to direct The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, which will be six episodes and air August 2020. Emily VanCamp (Sharon Carter) and Daniel Bruhl (Zemo from Civil War) are in negotiations to join.

    https://deadline.com/2019/05/kari-skogland-to-direct-6-part-the-falcon-and-the-winter-soldier-miniseries-with-anthony-mackie-sebastian-stan-daniel-bruhl-emily-van-camp-1202619197/

    I've been a huge fan of Emily VanCamp for a long time, well before she joined the MCU, so I'm always happy to get more Sharon Carter, and her presence here makes sense. Zemo is much more of a surprise, and I'm really curious to see how he figures into the story. Hopefully Shuri got out all of Bucky's Hydra programming, or there could be problems. But it's also going to be great to see Bucky face the man who made him blow up the United Nations.
     
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    I really like the sound of that!
     
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    Malcolm Spellman is the writer. I'm not sure if these limited series are being produced more like a television series, where the writer has final say, or like a feature film, where the director has final say.

    I can't say that any of Skogland's work I've seen has stood out as memorably good or memorably bad. She delivered episodes that seamless fit in with the series they featured in.

    Spellman's been a writer on "Empire", which I've never seen so I can't make any judgements there.

    Those tidbits sound promising, though.
     
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    Anything that brings us more Sharon Carter is a good thing.
     
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    Her work on both Condor and The Handmaid's Tale was great (I don't recall much about her episode of Punisher). In particular, she has a good eye for shadows and shoots great scenes with both harsh and soft lightning--check out episode 6 of Condor for a good example.
     
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