During a recent Disney investors call (via Daily Finance) CEO Bob Iger revealed that the studio is considering way to bring their content direct to their customers…
“We have said that with these channels and these brands — ESPN, ABC, Disney, maybe even down the road something related to Star Wars and Marvel — we do have an ability as a company to take product, specifically filmed entertainment, television, movies, directly to consumers.”
Obviously, Disney is renowned for its very own Disney Channel… and has a strong history in broadcasting its own material. But with the rights to both Star Wars and the Marvel films easily obtained, we might just see them head out into new territory.
But what kind of new channels could we see?
It sounds as though Disney won’t be producing any new exclusive content for their channels – at least, according to Iger’s comments. Instead, it’s more likely to be a platform to deliver all their previously produced films and TV shows.
And that means we’re unlikely to see any new exclusive Star Wars or Marvel shows.
Instead, it’s more likely that we’ll see a combination of older content – whether it’s films or TV shows. Perhaps with the odd smaller documentary or ‘fact-file’ style shows.
Essentially, this could mean 24/7 Star Wars programming with the original movies, prequel trilogy and even the likes of Star Wars Rebels or The Clone Wars shown on rotation. And for fans who haven’t caught every last episode, that could be rather cool.
And then there’s the opportunity to produce fan cuts – showing the films out of sequence or edited together for effect. The possibilities are certainly intriguing.
Will these expected new channels ever see the light of day? For now, we’ll have to wait and see… but it could mean a lot more Star Wars and Marvel than we’ve ever seen before.
Would you watch a dedicated Star Wars channel? Could we see Marvel movies on their own 24/7 schedule? Let us know what you think in the comments below…