By Kenny Lo
In the battle for streaming service dominance, a new contender throws down the gauntlet to join the online fray. That contender is Disney. The company has joined the fight in the form of Disney+.
As a powerhouse in the entertainment industry, it comes as no surprise that Disney would bring its massive library to the fingertips of consumers.
Brace yourselves Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, a juggernaut has arrived, with a bit of a rocky landing.
On Nov. 12, 2019, the “House of Mouse” launched Disney+ in the United States, Canada and the Netherlands for the starting price of $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year (which saves you $13.89, or roughly two months of savings).
Subsequently, it launched in Australia, New Zealand and Puerto Rico on Nov. 19.
For $6.99 a month, Disney+ offers the best movies, shows and original content from some of today’s biggest franchises like Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar, and, of course, Disney itself. You also have access to some of the newly acquired Twentieth Century Fox properties like “Avatar” and 30 seasons of “The Simpsons.”
Another option Disney+ has is the $12.99 tag that also bundles Hulu, and ESPN+ together. In comparison, Netflix offers three differenttypes of plans. The most basic plan at $8.99 allows you to connect just one device at a time, two devices for $12.99 at standard, and four devices for $15.99 at premium.
Meanwhile, Disney+ lets you stream up to four devices simultaneously from the beginning.
Trying to compete with today’s market, Disney+ launched on multiple platforms and devices, more than any other service, on its first day.
It has since added a resume and restart feature, along with a continue watching section, but these features still require some ironing out as they do not quite work as intended.
Going through the genres and categories can also be confusing. In fact, not all titles from these big franchises are available yet.
Some of the more minor technical issues involved the closed captions being off-sync and freezing on scenes. The lack of an option for a show to transform back to its original aspect ratio can make you miss the little things meant to be shown.
Lastly, if you’re coming from Netflix and are used to binge-watching a show as it comes out, that might be a problem with Disney+, as it offers more of an episodic upload instead of the entire season.
One big factor that elevates Netflix above it, at least for now, is content; particularly, original content.
Although the Disney+ originals like “The Mandalorian,” an American space Western web TV series set in the Star Wars Universe, “The World According to Jeff Goldblum,” and Pixar’s SparkShorts series are solid entries, which are met with good praise from both critics and audiences alike, Netflix still has the upper hand in the originals department.
Disney+ has roughly 600 titles compared to Netflix with over 5,700 titles, according to Finder.com.
Therefore, it’s only natural for its price to be lower than that of Netflix. If you’re looking for a more mature-related content, you won’t find that in Disney+, since as of this writing, their titles will not be rated above PG-13.
When it comes to original content, Disney+ still has a long way to go. If you’re a massive fan of these big franchises under Disney’s banner, or just curious about the rising popularity of Baby Yoda, then this is a service for you.
Netflix and Amazon Prime Video gives viewers more value for their money in different ways after being established for years, but for the low price of $6.99, this allows you to discover the joy and rediscover the Disney magic this holiday season.
Disney+ launched on multiple platforms, including web browsers, game consoles and Smart TVs.