Disney CEO Bog Iger, also a member on Apple’s Board of Directors, says the upcoming Disney+ will likely come to the Apple TV.
Yesterday he announced that the streaming service will cost $7 a month and arrive on Nov. 12. He expects subscribers to total 60 million to 90 million by 2024.
In its first year, Disney Plus will offer 10 original films and 25 original series, including three Avengers spinoffs. Disney announced that all 30 seasons of The Simpsons would be available on Day One, along with nearly all the Star Wars movies, the entire Pixar library, and family-focused movies and shows from its Fox library like The Sound of Music. Iger said Disney will “likely” bundle its disparate services — which includes Hulu, ESPN Plus and Hotstar, which has 300 million monthly active users in India — at a discounted price.
"The [Disney Plus] app will in all likelihood be available through traditional app distributors, Apple being one of them," Iger told Bloomberg. "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.”
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."