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AP Photo/Richard Drew

Disney is revealing more details about its new over-the-top digital entertainment app that will launch in 2019.

Why it matters: Legacy entertainment businesses are becoming very difficult to sustain in an era where consumers want on-demand, digital video that they can access at scale from tech companies like Netflix and Facebook. Linear options, like movies delivered in theaters and primetime shows on cable TV, are becoming less appealing to consumers who want to watch everything on their own time and across many digital devices. This is part of Disney's push to be a competitor to Netflix in the direct-to-consumer entertainment space.

The details:

  • The new OTT product will be priced "significantly lower than Netflix," CEO Bob Iger says. Iger notes that the service will launch with less volume than Netflix but with quality content that centers around three of its top brands: Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars.
  • The new streaming service will be commercial free, according to Iger. While the Walt Disney Co. plans to integrate commercials into its sports streaming app, Iger says "We're not planning to have the programming that airs in the DTC service interrupted by commercials." Iger did say that sponsored programmed is being considered.
  • The name of the product has yet to be determined, says Iger. "We're working on the cadence in which we will schedule and produce in the OTT service."
  • A brand new Star Wars trilogy coming to Disney. It will be launched by the Star Wars: The Last Jedi Director Rian Johnson, who will write and produce the trilogy with producer Ram Bergman.

Go deeper: Disney is reported to have approached 21st Century Fox about a deal to acquire its entertainment and studios businesses, including 21st Century Fox studios as well as National Geographic, FX cable channels and more.

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British national named in Colleyville synagogue standoff

A law enforcement vehicle sits near the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue on Jan. 16. Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images

British national Malik Faisal Akram took four people hostage at a Texas synagogue outside Fort Worth on Saturday, the FBI said in a statement.

State of play: Authorities had initially declined to release the name of the 44-year-old suspect or identify the hostages, all adults, though police chief Michael Miller confirmed that one of those held was Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker, who leads the congregation.

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  1. Health: Concerns grow over CDC's isolation guidelines — Experts warn of more COVID-19 variants after Omicron — WHO recommends 2 new treatments — What "mild" really means when it comes to Omicron — Deaths are climbing as cases skyrocket.
  2. Vaccines: America's vaccination drive runs out of gas— Puerto Rico expands booster shot requirements— Supreme Court blocks Biden's vaccine mandate for large employers.
  3. Politics: Vivek Murthy calls SCOTUS vaccine mandate block "a setback for public health" — Focus group says Biden weak on COVID response, strong on democracy
  4. Economy: America's labor shortage is bigger than the pandemic— — CDC COVID guidance for cruise ships to be optional starting Saturday — The cost of testing.
  5. States: West Virginia governor feeling "extremely unwell" after positive test — Youngkin ends mandates for masks in schools and COVID vaccinations for state workers — America struggles to keep schools open
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Novak Djokovic loses Australian visa appeal

Novak Djokovic of Serbia plays a forehand during a practice session ahead of the 2022 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 14, 2022. Photo: Daniel Pockett/Getty Images

Tennis star Novak Djokovic left Australia on Sunday evening, facing a three-year visa ban after an appeals court in the country revoked his visa.

Driving the news: Djokovic will not be able to defend his Australian Open title when the tournament starts in Melbourne. The World No. 1 is looking to break a three-way tie with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for most Grand Slam men's singles titles.