After 11 years, Disney is ending Disney Family Movies On Demand – the service shutting down coming just days before the launch of Mouse House’s Disney Plus.
Disney Family Movies, which costs between $5 and $10 per month, is available through pay-TV providers in the United States, including Comcast Xfinity, Charter Communications, Verizon Fios, Cox Communications, Optimum from Altice USA and U-verse from ‘AT&T.
As of October 31, 2019, Disney Family Movies will no longer be available, according to a notice on Comcast’s site. Recent movies shown on the subscription VOD service included “The Princess Diaries,” “Enchanted” with Amy Adams and Patrick Dempsey, “National Treasure: Book of Secrets” with Nicolas Cage, and Tim Allen with “The Santa Claus 3: The Escape “. Clause”, as well as “Pinocchio”, “Honey, I Blew Up the Kid”, “Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch”, “Encino Man” and “Oliver & Company”.
The end of Disney Family Movies comes as the media conglomerate throws all its muscle into Disney Plus, which is set to debut Nov. 12 with a monthly price of $6.99. It will first be available in the United States, Canada and the Netherlands, followed a week later by Australia and New Zealand.
Disney Plus will be the first time movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and other brands will be available in a unified streaming service, including movies from the “Disney Vault” that have been selectively streamed in personal video. In the first year of launch, Disney Plus will include 500 catalog movie titles and 7,500 episodes of current and past TV shows, the company said.
Movies coming to Disney Plus include classics like ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’, ‘Fantasia’, ‘Dumbo’, ‘Cinderella’, ‘101 Dalmatians’, ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and ‘La Belle. Sleeping Wood”, and others including “The Sound of Music”, “The Fox and the Hound”, “Bedknobs and Broomsticks”, “The Shaggy DA”, “The Black Hole”, “Tron” and “The Muppet Movie”.
Disney Family Movies, first launched in 2008, offered a rotating selection of a dozen feature films each month, along with shorts, featurettes and other bonus content, all ad-free. The service, which carried the tagline “Magic Plays Here!”, was operated by the company’s Disney-ABC Television Distribution group.