Disney Is Opening the Vault for Its New Streaming Service

Disney
Disney

The legendary Disney Vault will be permanently opened for the company's new streaming platform. As Digital Trends reports, the subscription service Disney Plus will include digital versions of every movie in Disney's library, including the hard-to-find titles currently sealed away in the vault.

Disney CEO Bob Iger announced the news in a recent investors meeting. He told shareholders that "the movies that you speak of that traditionally have been kept in a ‘vault’ and brought out basically every few years" will be added to the service "at some point fairly soon after launch."

That means Disney fans will no longer have to wait around for Disney to re-release old films whenever the company feels like, as has been the case up to now. After a movie's initial home-video release, Disney takes the film off the market, making it impossible to watch unless you already own a copy. Every so often, Disney re-releases old movies in limited batches and then seals them away in the vault again. This pattern is designed to increase demand and keep the Disney catalog fresh for new generations of viewers.

There are currently 34 movies in the Disney Vault, including animated classics like Beauty and the Beast (1991) and Dumbo (1941) and direct-to-video sequels like The Return of Jafar (1994) and The Lion King II: Simba's Pride (1998). All of these will be available on Disney Plus after the platform debuts sometime in 2019.

Making Disney's entire pre-existing library available to stream is a major draw, but that's not the only content the service will offer. Disney Plus will feature original shows, including series based on movies like Monsters Inc. (2001) and High School Musical (2006). And any new movies that Disney releases, like Avengers: Endgame, Star Wars: Episode IX, Frozen 2, and The Lion King remake, will appear on the platform within a year of their release date. The downside for Disney lovers is that any movies owned by the company will disappear from other streaming services by the time Disney Plus launches—but having every Disney movie in one place may be worth the price of a new subscription for many fans of the brand.

[h/t Digital Trends]

Game of Thrones Counseling Available for Upset Fans Following Series Finale

Iain Glen and Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones
Iain Glen and Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones
Helen Sloan, HBO

It’s no surprise that some fans are having a hard time dealing with the fact that Game of Thrones is over. The show ran for eight seasons, and became a huge part of fans's lives and Sunday night routines. Moreover, since the season 8 premiere first aired, fans haven’t been too thrilled with the trajectory of the show, and it has only gotten worse. (The final episode in the series scored the lowest rating in the show’s history on IMDb).

But if you’re having a hard time wrapping your mind around the end of Game of Thrones, or just want to vent, there's a counseling service here just for you. CNN reports that if you go to Bark.com, a UK-based online marketplace, you can find a Game of Thrones counselor who will listen to your every qualm about the show. "The professionals will help them digest their feelings and interpretation of the show, which could range from anger and confusion to sadness and grief," the service description reads.

"We watch them to escape our daily lives and immerse ourselves into the 'unknown,'" Lynette, a counselor from Bark.com, said in a statement regarding people's TV show obsessions. "This is the very reason why we sometimes become addicted to watching them, the stories they tell become part of our identity."

There’s options of booking a 30-minute or 60-minute session, which range from $25 to $51. Fans can choose from a face-to-face session, group session, or online, and can specify which specific problems they’re having regarding the show. 

What do we say to Game of Thrones-related anxiety? Not today!

New Coke is Making a Comeback Thanks to Stranger Things

Finn Wolfhard, Noah Schnapp, Sadie Sink, Caleb McLaughlin, Millie Bobby Brown, and Sadie Sink in Stranger Things.
Finn Wolfhard, Noah Schnapp, Sadie Sink, Caleb McLaughlin, Millie Bobby Brown, and Sadie Sink in Stranger Things.
Netflix

In what was considered one of the biggest consumer product marketing blunders of all time, the Coca-Cola Company upset devotees of their signature beverage by introducing New Coke in 1985. Sweeter and smoother than the original, people practically revolted over the change, and the drink eventually disappeared from shelves.

In 2019, New Coke is not only resurfacing—it might turn out to be one of the company's savviest marketing moves to date.

CNN reports that Coca-Cola will be producing 500,000 cans of New Coke in collaboration with Netflix to promote season 3 of Stranger Things, the 1980s-set paranormal drama. Cans will be featured on the show in a kind of retro product placement.

Fans can look for the cans online, which will be offered as a free gift with the purchase of two special Coca-Cola Classic or Coke Zero Sugar glass bottles with Stranger Things artwork beginning Thursday. Special vending machines will also be set up in major cities, and visitors to Atlanta's World of Coca-Cola can purchase the product there, too.

The company is using the exact same recipe for New Coke that got them in hot water back in 1985. For many, it will be their first chance to sample the drink that anti-New Coke activist and retiree Gay Mullins described as being "unbelievably wimpy" and tasting like Pepsi (a comment meant to be derogatory). Originally intended to replace Coca-Cola Classic, the drink was eventually rebranded Coke II and sold through 2002.

Coca-Cola anticipates demand will exceed their 500,000 can allotment, which means you're likely to see them pop up on eBay before long.

The new season of Stranger Things premieres July 4.

[h/t CNN]

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