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Disney+ arrives and the Streaming Wars really begin

Characters from Disney and Fox movies are displayed behind Cathleen Taff, president of distribution, franchise management, business and audience insight for Walt Disney Studios during the Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures presentation at CinemaCon 2019, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. April 3, 2019. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/FILE/INVISION/Chris Pizzello

In today’s Big Story podcast, if anyone can knock Netflix down a peg or two, it’s the House of Mouse. Today marks the launch of Disney’s new streaming video service, Disney+, and it comes with (almost) all the star power you’d expect—from classic animations, to Marvel and Star Wars and more. But will it actually make a dent in Netflix’s spot atop the food chain? That depends.

The video streaming industry is at a tipping point, with everyone from Apple and NBC to Disney and HBO and more joining Netflix and Amazon among the established players. But how many of these subscriptions are people actually prepared to pay for? What happens to the industry if customers decide the content is too hard to find between several different services? Will any of these services turn into profit-generating businesses, or is the whole thing a … House of Cards?

GUEST: Raju Mudhar, entertainment reporter, Toronto Star

(Read Raju’s summary of the new players in the game right here.)

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