Tristan Johnson, Arts & Entertainment Editor
Disney first announced plans to establish their own streaming service in September 2017, challenging the already prominent companies of Netflix and Hulu. According to Disney CEO Bob Iger, almost every movie in the Disney vault will be available for viewing on the platform. This vault consists of almost 7,000 episodes of television series and 400 to 500 movies.
While this sounds like quite an impressive library of entertainment, Disney+ apparently does not hold the same standards as currently held by its competitors. In a study done by Ampere Analysis, the service “represents just 16% of Netflix’s U.S. catalog of 47,000 TV episodes and 12.5% of the Netflix movie library of 4,000 titles.”
While the amount of content may sound disappointing, Disney’s quality of content is one to watch out for. The service will include high-profile franchises like Star Wars and Marvel, Disney and Pixar films, various Fox titles, and original content exclusive to Disney+. Recent films, like “Toy Story 4,” “Avengers: Endgame,” and “Captain Marvel” will also be available for viewing purposes.
At the 2019 D23 Expo many new endeavors were announced that will have millions feeling nostalgic for their childhood. Some of these include “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,” a reprisal of “Lizzie McGuire,” a revival of “The Muppets,” a spinoff series of “Monsters Inc,” and many more.
Disney+ will allow viewing on up to four registered devices and will come with unlimited downloads for offline viewing. The service will offer commercial-free viewing, high-definition capabilities, and provide support in English, Spanish, French and Dutch. Since Disney+ will provided entertainment for individuals and families of all ages, the fact that it can be played on multiple devices at the same time is a benefit that many will appreciate.
Disney is currently offering a discount on three-year subscriptions to Disney+ for $140.97, which equates to a 33% discount compared to paying the monthly fee. This caused many fans to jump on the limited-time opportunity, which ended up crashing the D23 website earlier this week. Though it is entering an arena with many competitors, the price and amount of content are causing many to already commit to the service.
That is not to say that people are going to be leaving other streaming services. Netflix boasts 139 million subscribers worldwide and Amazon has more than 100 million, with Hulu trailing behind at 25 million. Disney is running a little late to the game but can bring childhood classics and new entertainment to fight for a spot in this competitive environment. While Netflix and other streaming services need to heavily advertise their original productions, Disney+ will have no problems with dedicated fans adding the service to their repertoire of home media, if not just for the Disney vault.
With franchises like Disney, Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar, National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, everyone is bound to find at least something that they are interested in watching on the service. At just $6.99 a month, less than half of Netflix’s monthly cost, Disney+ seems like a great initial investment when it comes out in November.