On November 11, 2019, Disney launched their streaming service, called Disney+ (a.k.a Disney Plus) . With it, they added lots of favorite movies and TV shows, along with new series, including the Mandalorian. I take a look at the new platform 24 hours later, to show you all the good and bad with this new service.
What is on Disney+
The service has content from as much of the library that they can publish. Movies and TV shows from Disney, Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars, and National Geographic.
Included are new series and movies specifically for the streaming service. This includes the highly anticipated “Mandalorian” – a series by director Jon Favreau.
Finally, content from early Disney, including Mickey Mouse cartoons, digitally remastered. This includes the iconic “Steamboat Willie” – and the introduction of Mickey himself.
What is Not on Disney+
Keep in mind, not all video is on the streaming service. For example, Sony owns rights to Spiderman movies, so this content needs to be licensed for the service to use it. On that same token, Disney was known for bringing out limited release classics of Snow White, Cinderella, and more.
I could see this content come and go to keep with that tradition. For now, it is on the service.
Other shows may have existing license contracts that prohibit Disney from airing until the contract runs out. For that point, movies, and shows could also leave Disney, just like they leave Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon, to be shown on Network TV, HBO, or even the competing services.
Missing is ABC content (I really wanted to watch Flashforward again, or maybe catch up on Lost), older shows – such as Gargoyles, Darkwing Duck, Netflix Marvel shows like Jessica Jones and Daredevil, and movies like Mighty Ducks and National Treasure.
How to Watch Disney+
The service is ready for many major OTT platforms, including iOS, Android, XBox, PS4, Roku, Amazon, along with LG and Samsung TV platforms. More may be coming soon.
Disney also has an extended package with Hulu, so you can watch not only all the content from the app, but also ESPN+. This service does cost more as an add-on, but if you’re a sports fan, this might be
Other Features of Disney+
The service is fairly straightforward, but they do have options to talk with support, opt-out on advertising companies, give you options for Closed Captioning that are beyond what Disney has on the service, and more.
All of these features are on links, located on the bottom of the webpage. You will have to log into a browser version of the service to access those features.
There are other great new series that will be on Disney+. What I believe to be another great breakout show is “The World According to Jeff Goldblum”. This is a NatGeo series where Goldblum geeks out over other people’s passions.
In Encore, Kristen Bell reunites casts from High School musicals to re-enact the theater show. First episode reunited the 1996 Santee CA High School cast of Annie.
The Marvel Hero Project celebrates real life children and teens as they show extra ordinary feats.
Price of Disney+
As of 2019, it cost $6.99/month for the basic service, or $69.99 for a yearly subscription. Like I mentioned above, for $12.99/month, you can add it to your Hulu subscription – getting ESPN+ along with it.
The New Ecosystem of Streaming Service – How it Affects Netflix, Hulu, Amazon
I discuss this in the video. The reality is – each service has their own original content, along with licensed shows that Disney will most likely never have. I also believe Disney will license out shows and movies to these services