Disney+ offers something for everyone and is bound to be a success.
By Melissa Farthing, Staff Writer/Artist
“Wait, so you’re telling me that I have to purchase ANOTHER streaming service to watch [insert favorite show or movie here]?”
In today’s streaming era, this question isn’t all that uncommon to hear. As streaming continues to spike in popularity, so does the number of available services. To those who pay attention to entertainment trends, it’s no surprise that a massive company like Disney would attempt to take advantage of this.
And sure enough, they have.
On November 12, 2019, Disney’s brand new streaming service was released to the public along with plenty of technical malfunctions. Downdetector.com reported nearly 7,000 error messages on Disney+ just several hours after it launched.
Fortunately, these glitches didn’t stop customers from purchasing Disney+ and exploring all it had to offer. According to Cord Cutters News, Disney+ added more than 10 million subscribers just 24 hours after it launched.
Despite this large number of people seemingly on-board with the idea of a Disney-exclusive streaming service, many are full-out against it. One reason for opposition is the migration of content to Disney+ from other streaming services. When the service was announced in August 2017, a shocking reveal followed: Disney would pull all of its movies from Netflix.
For many Netflix subscribers, this news was upsetting. Without movies distributed by Disney on the streaming service (of which there are quite a few), Netflix subscribers would be forced to pay the same price for less content. Their entertainment bill would become even higher if they chose to subscribe to Disney+ to continue watching the removed movies.
This leads into another cause for avoiding Disney+: price. Although a $6.99 monthly starting price may sound reasonable compared to other more expensive streaming services, it is yet another bill entertainment seekers will have to cash out twelve times a year. Plus, because most Americans subscribe to more than one streaming service, according to an article from Forbes, Disney+ will only add onto an already hefty annual streaming invoice.
Whether consumers are satisfied with this new service or not, Disney+ has arrived and is flourishing. Accompanying the release of the service are a plethora of new shows and movies related to Disney’s many properties and characters. Just of few of these include The Mandalorian, a Star Wars series, Lady and the Tramp, a remake of the original 1955 animated film, and The Imagineering Story, a documentary series focusing on Disney’s imagineers who create attractions for the company’s theme parks.
Even more content is set to roll out next year and continuing into the 2020s. Upcoming content includes documentaries, animated shorts, revivals, original films and more. In addition to new entertainment, most of Disney’s movie and television library is available now on the service. If you don’t see your favorites, don’t worry! More shows and movies will be added in the coming years.
With the service being less than a month old, it’s hard to predict how successful it will be. However, based on initial reactions and the amount of people subscribed, it looks like Disney+ will be a game changer in the world of streaming.