The Walt Disney Company is entering the crowded streaming marketplace later this year with the U.S. launch of Disney+ on November 12, 2019.
What you need to know about Disney Plus
If you already have Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime or other standalone streaming apps, you may be wondering if a subscription to Disney’s new offering should be part of your monthly entertainment budget.
To help you decide, here are three things to know about Disney’s family-friendly video streaming service:
1. How much does Disney+ cost?
Disney+ will be priced at an affordable $6.99 per month. For some perspective, that’s $2 less than Netflix’s cheapest plan ($8.99/month) and $1 more than Hulu’s cheapest plan ($5.99/month).
There will also be an annual option for $69.99, which works out to just $5.83 a month.
2. What content will be available on Disney+?
Disney’s streaming service will be the home for movies and TV shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic.
In addition to Disney’s massive library of evergreen content, Disney+ will offer ad-free programming like original feature-length films, documentaries, live-action and animated series.
More than 25 original series and 10 original films will be released in the first year alone, Disney announced.
As part of Disney’s Investor Day 2019 presentation, company executives said the service will be the exclusive streaming home for films released by The Walt Disney Studios in 2019 and beyond, including:
- “Captain Marvel”
- “Avengers: Endgame”
- “Toy Story 4”
- “The Lion King”
- “Frozen 2”
- “Star Wars: Episode IX”
Disney acquired 21st Century Fox in March 2019, so some of that content will also be featured on the service.
All 30 seasons of “The Simpsons” will be available on Disney+ at launch. Disney says family-friendly Fox titles like “The Sound of Music,” “The Princess Bride” and “Malcolm in the Middle” will be added in the first year.
3. How will I be able to watch Disney+?
Disney says it has already made deals to launch the service on Roku devices and PlayStation 4 consoles, but that’s only the beginning.
The company is working to secure distribution on other platforms before launch day. Disney+ apps will be available for phones, tablets, web browsers, smart TVs, streaming devices and game consoles.
Subscribers will be able to download unlimited content on Disney+ and view it offline with no restrictions.
Company executives have made it clear that Disney+ will eventually become the exclusive streaming home for all family-friendly content from its brands: Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic.
Disney expects the service will have between 60 and 90 million subscribers worldwide in just five years.
Will Disney+ replace your Netflix subscription? Likely not. Disney’s extensive film and TV library is geared toward people of all ages, but Netflix has a lot of programming that’s more for adults.
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