Disney+ is a new streaming service offering TV series and films from a range of sources, such as Pixar, Marvel, National Geographic, Star Wars and of course Disney itself. It launched in the US on November 12 2019 at a price of $6.99 a month. In its first year, there will be 25 original series, 7500 episodes, 100 recent movies and 400 library titles. This service is compatible with Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Android, iPad, iPhone and web browsers.
Content available on Disney+
There are several exciting branches of content available on Disney+. For example, there are TV series based on the Disney movies High School Musical and Monsters Inc. There are several upcoming Marvel spin-offs, such as Loki, Hawkeye and Wandavision. Perhaps the biggest project is the 10-episode live-action Star Wars spin-off called Star Wars: The Mandalorian. The series cost $100 million to create and comes from Iron Man director John Favreau. Furthermore, viewers can also expect a prequel to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, with Diego Luna at the center of the cast.
Disney+ has also announced that all 30 seasons of The Simpsons will be available on the new streaming services platform. However, shows such as Family Guy will remain on Hulu, which Disney is the majority owner of. Similarly, Netflix’s original Marvel content will remain on that platform.
From March 2019, the licensing deal with Netflix expired. The result of this is that Disney films were taken off the platform and prepared for release on Disney+. Titles include Captain Marvel movies, the live-action Dumbo film and the next Avengers flick.
Perhaps the biggest perk viewers benefit from is access to the entire Disney library. Not only is it possible to watch Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, Snow White and The Lion King, more recent favourites are on offer, such as Moana and Frozen.
It’s clear that the content on Disney+ poses a challenge to streaming giant Netflix, due to its well-established brand name and network of content which long precedes the start of the Netflix venture. There is some work for Disney+ to put in before it reaches the subscriber base Netflix has – namely, 140 million people across the world, along with a huge content library. While there are numerous other streaming services out there, such as Amazon Prime Video, Hulu and HBO Go, Netflix is clearly the main contender due to its hub of drama, comedy, kids TV, teen movies, anime, documentaries and much more.
One of the challenges Netflix faces now that Disney+ is rolled out is the fact that all Disney content has been removed from its platform to relocate to the new provider. Another challenge is the fact that many classic TV shows such as Friends and The Office are becoming more and more expensive to license, putting extra pressure on the streaming giant to invest in original content and keep subscribers interested enough to keep coming back.
There are many factors to consider when comparing these two streaming services. Firstly, the pricing of each platform reveals that Disney+ comes out on top. Furthermore, Disney+ offers bundles with Hulu and ESPN+.
When it comes to user interface, there are five content sources – Disney, Pixar, National Geographic, Star Wars and Marvel. This clearly differs compared with Netflix’s genre-based categorisation.
The main element Netflix has in its favour is its sheer volume of content – while Disney+ has access to high-profile and well-known franchises, with big names including Pixar and Marvel, the service does not have a library to rival Netflix’s 6000+ titles. However, it’s probably only a matter of time before this changes.
Clearly, Disney+ is aiming for quality over quantity, with moves such as its purchase of 20th Century Fox – which allowed it to add the entire Simpsons catalog to its library – and the full range of Disney films indicating that it’s confident of viewer demand for these big names.
It’s clear that Disney+ is a streaming service with incredible promise, and it’s sure to challenge every streaming service on the market. With its high profile, universally loved and well-established reputation, Disney+ doesn’t need to do much to generate publicity or a subscriber base, and with the addition of original content from movies and franchises that the public love the most, there’s very little chance of this venture not going well for the content giant.
It’s likely that people will at least be subscribed to both Netflix and Disney+ for a while. Netflix will start feeling the pressure more and more over time once Disney+ continues developing its original content, and it will be interesting to see which brand comes out on top.
How to sign up to Disney+
- Go to disneyplus.com/welcome
- Choose your plan (monthly or annual billing).
- Create your account by entering your email address. Click ‘Agree & Continue’.
- Create a strong password. Use a minimum of 6 characters (case sensitive) with at least one number or special character. Click ‘Continue’.
- Enter your billing info. Click ‘Agree & Subscribe’.
- Start watching!