New Disney+ streaming service takes the consumer world by the ears


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Disney has just launched a new streaming service competing with services such as Netflix, Apple TV, HBO Now, and more. The new service goes by the name of Disney+ and it’s safe to say that consumers are thrilled about it. The service is ad-free and full of content ranging from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and even National Geographic.

Disney+ costs only $6.99 per month, or $12.99 for a bundle of Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ services, compared to Netflix’s $8.99-$15.99 per month. According to C-Net, there is also an option to get a full year of Disney+ for just $70, which evens out to be about $5.83 per month- a year’s savings of $13.92. Verizon will also be offering a deal to its customers for a free year of Disney+.

C-Net also tells us some Disney+ factors that differ from other streaming services such as Netflix. For example, Disney+ will allow simultaneous streaming on four different devices, something that Netflix does not allow, and new episodes for originals will come out weekly instead of all at once. 

The service launched early on Tuesday November 12th in the United States, Canada, and the Netherlands. It reached 10 million subscribers after the first day. To compare, HBO Now took almost three whole years to reach 5 million subscribers. Disney+ reached twice that in a little over one day.

The service will include nearly 500 films and 7500 episodes of different Disney content, as stated by CNN. CNN also explains how the Disney+ setup is fairly similar to other platforms, which makes it very user friendly because most people will already be familiar with how it works. “Disney isn’t trying to reinvent the wheel with its user interface and it doesn’t need to,” clarifies Frank Pallotta of CNN. “Disney understands that if it’s not broken, don’t fix it.”

One element unique to Disney+, however, is its organization of content. It provides collections to make certain films or categories more accessible to users. For example, there is a Star Wars collection, a Disney Nature collection, Disney Through the Decades, which is organized by year, and much more.

So, have you been sold on Disney+ yet, like the other 10 million subscribers? If you’ve tried the platform out, let us know how you like it!