The streaming landscape looks very different today than it did even months ago. Netflix has been king in the streaming world for quite some time now, but the competition is growing, and Disney just entered into the ring with its new service, Disney+.
You might be wondering how Disney+ is different from Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime, and what shows and movies are available to stream on the new service. We have compiled everything you need to know now that the launch for Disney+ if officially here, so you can decide if adding another streaming service to your monthly subscriptions is worth it.
When Did Disney+ Launch?
Disney+ officially launched November 12, 2019. The service features 300+ movie titles from the beginning. But Disney doesn’t plan on showing all of its cards just yet. Some of the bigger movies like Avengers: Endgame won’t be available to stream till Dec. 11. Disney does plan on having a catalog of over 500 movies by the end of its first year of service, and around 7,500 episodes of TV. After five years of the streaming service being available, Disney expects a library of 10,000 episodes of content along with over 700 movies.
How Much Does Disney+ Cost?
You can add Disney+ to your list of monthly subscriptions for $7 a month. There will also be an option to pay for the subscription for a year. This option costs $70, which comes out to about $5.83 a month. So, if you go the year subscription route, you will save yourself a few extra dollars for the year. If you compare that to Netflix’s $13 dollars a month, you’re talking about a steal for the streaming service. The $7 dollar a month fee buys you four simultaneous streams, streaming options that include 4K, UHD and Dolby Atmos as well as seven member profiles. And the best part: your profile avatar can be your favorite Disney character. You can also bundle Disney+, Hulu and ESPN Plus for $13 dollars––getting three streaming services for the price of Netflix. Disney and Verizon also have a deal where all customers with a 4G LTE or 5G unlimited account will receive Disney+ for free for a year.
How Can You Stream Disney+?
You can expect to be able to stream Disney+ on a wide network of devices. Much like its competitors, you will be able to stream Disney+ on your phone, iPads, Apple TV, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Roku. Currently, it is not confirmed whether or not Disney+ will be available on Amazon devices. A great feature is that Disney+ will let its subscribers download content for offline viewing. There won’t be any limit, so users will be able to download as much content as their mobile device can hold.
What Content Is Available On Disney+?
Stream 300+ movies with titles from Marvel, Pixar and Star Wars headlining the streaming service’s library. Pretty much anything you can image that is PG-13 or lighter will be aired on Disney+. Disney is going to reserve titles like Deadpool, and more adult content for Hulu. Below is a list of highlighted confirmed titles that will be launched on Nov. 12.
- Thor: The Dark World
- Iron Man 1 & 3
- Captain Marvel
- Avengers: Age of Ultron
- Avengers: Endgame (Dec. 11)
- A New Hope
- The Empire Strikes Back
- Return of the Jedi
- The Phantom Menace
- Attack of the Clones
- Revenge of the Sith
- The Force Awakens
- Rogue One
Pixar’s entire catalog except for Toy Story 4 will be available on the launch date. Though, Toy Story 4 will become available on the platform later in the year.
Disney Television Shows
- The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- Boy Meets World
- Goof Troop
- Even Stevens
- Lizzie McGuire
- Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
- The Muppets
- 101 Dalmatians
- Finding Nemo
- High School Musical
- Honey I Shrunk the Kids
- Lady and the Tramp
- Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
- Remember the Titans
Disney+ will also make all 30 season of The Simpsons available at launch.
What Original Content Will Be Available?
Disney plans on having a slate of original content. Disney has the huge advantage in this department with the potential for reboots, prequels and side-stories from its massive library of content rights Disney owns. Some of the confirmed original titles include:
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier
The original show is set to debut around fall of 2020. The Falcon is taking over the reigns as the new Captain America. The duo will fight evil and we can expect to see Zemo, Captain America’s nemesis, throughout the series.
Monsters at Work
This show takes place six months after the original movie. You can expect to hear familiar voices such as Billy Crystal and John Goodman join new cast members as Tylor Tuskmon, a mechanic at the Monsters Inc. team, attempts to work his way up to the laugh floor. This will be a highly anticipated for those who loved the original Monsters Inc. movie.
This is one of the most highly anticipated big-budget original series from Disney+. The Mandolarian stars Pedro Pascal who is a bounty hunting gunfighter. The story takes place five years after The Return of the Jedi and is the first ever live-action Star Wars series. The time-line falls right between the fall of the Empire and before the First Order.
The World According to Jeff Goldblum
Jeff Goldblum is an interesting fellow, to say the least. This TV series follows Jeff Goldblum around as he examines things and topics like shoes or music, and makes connections to those things through history, life experience or science. It is a reality show version of how Jeff Goldblum’s mind works.
In this Disney+ original movie, Bill Hader is Nick Kringle, Santa’s successor and Anna Kendrick plays his younger sister Noelle. Nick Kringle goes missing and Noelle must find her brother to save Christmas. This original movie is slated to release within the first year of Disney+.
We can also expect a Home Alone reboot to make its way on the Disney+ platform, as well as a reboot of the 1955 animated film Lady and the Tramp.