Disney+ Streaming Service Will ‘In All Likelihood’ Support Apple TV, Says Disney CEO
Disney has announced the arrival of its highly-anticipated streaming service, and it’s coming to Apple TV.
Disney CEO Bob Iger has suggested that Disney+ will be coming to Apple TV devices, in spite of speculation that it would come into conflict with Apple’s new streaming service, Apple TV+.
That’s according to a new report from Bloomberg, which explains that the Disney+ app will eventually be available through traditional distributors, while users will also be able to enjoy it on Smart TVs and consoles.
During an interview with Bloomberg following the announcement of the Disney+ launch date, pricing, and availability information, Bob Iger said: “The app will in all likelihood be available through traditional app distributors, Apple being one of them.”
“So I’m fairly certain that if people want to buy the app — sorry, subscribe to the app is probably a better way to put it — they’ll be able to do so through Apple and the iTunes Store.”
Iger yesterday shared a “first look” at Disney+ on Twitter, with a screenshot that looks to be from a Disney+ tvOS app for Apple TV 4/4K.
Thrilled to share a first look at Disney+ with you! pic.twitter.com/iiqjFjaNra
— Robert Iger (@RobertIger) April 11, 2019
Bloomberg also asked the CEO on his role as an Apple board member, a position that could be in jeopardy given the two companies will soon be streaming industry rivals — Apple TV+ is coming this fall. Iger seemed to suggest that there is no conflict of interest, at least not yet.
“Obviously I’m mindful of my fiduciary responsibility to Apple shareholders as a member of the board,” Iger said. “When the subject is discussed at Apple board meetings, I’m careful to recuse myself, and I’m in constant dialogue about making sure that I’m not doing anything that in any way would essentially cause me to be wouldn’t be in keeping with what an Apple board member would do.”
Disney+ will launch in the US on November 12, for $6.99 USD a month or $69.99 annually. It will have a very large library of old Disney movies and TV shows — crucially, including titles from its Marvel, Pixar, and Star Wars catalogue — along with new movies and series made exclusively for the streaming service. It won’t have any ads. And it will allow subscribers to download all of that stuff, and watch it offline, whenever they want. No word on a Canadian launch yet or pricing.