Competition in the video streaming industry will get tough starting with the end of 2019, as Disney+, an upcoming subscription video-on-demand service owned and operated by The Walt Disney Company, will launch on November 12 in the United States.
American citizens, as well as people abroad through free VPN sites, will get access to film and television content from Disney, Pixar, Lucasfilm, National Geographic, and 20th Century Fox. Since the new service will compete with Netflix and Amazon Prime Video and will complement ESPN+ and Hulu, let’s see what will be the main benefits for consumers.
Disney+ main features
The new Disney service will operate side by side with Hulu, which is also controlled by the company following the purchase of a major stake in 20th Century Fox. Bob Iger, the current CEO of the company, already stated that the content provided will focus mainly on family-oriented entertainment and Hulu will remain oriented towards general entertainment.
Based on the present expectations, Disney+ will host approximately 7,000 television episodes and about 500 films. Starting with the launch of the service, all new Disney releases will stream exclusively, with the exception of the releases from 20th Century Fox, due to an output deal with HBO until 2022. Still, customers won’t lack available content right from the launching date, as the company prepared a lot of interesting surprises for them.
In terms of devices supported, Disney already announced the service will be available via web browsers or PCs, smart TVs, mobile platforms, video game consoles, and digital media players.
Content available on the platform
The first theatrical Disney film streaming exclusively on the new service will be Captain Marvel and eventually, the entire Disney library film will be hosted there. All thirty seasons of The Simpsons will be there, as well as the first six films of the Star Wars franchise.
Original scripted content like The Mandalorian, a television series between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, and What If animated series, will be produced and streamed by Disney on its new service. In terms of non-fiction content, the reality cooking competition Be Our Chef plus products created by National Geographic (Magic of the Animal Kingdom, or The World According to Jeff Goldblum) are just a few of the major highlights.
Is Disney+ plus affordable?
Based on the information revealed by the company at the beginning of 2019, its new streaming service will pose great challenges to other competitors, mainly due to the pricing. Disney already announced the service will be available for $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year, half the price of HBO Now, and a significant discount compared to the $8.99 Netflix subscription plan. Although it may seem affordable, people won’t be able to find every movie or show on the platform, which makes it very likely that customers will begin to consider taking on multiple subscription plans, not just switching entirely to another provider.