I have always been a big fan of Disney. All of my favorite movies and tv shows when I was younger were mostly Disney. Overall, I can thank this company for some of my favorite films in the past twenty years. When I heard they were doing a streaming service, I was immediately intrigued. For $6.99 a month (or $69.99 for a year, saving $13.89), you can stream dozens and dozens of movies and tv shows, along with Pixar films, National Geographic works, Marvel, and Disney Channel originals.
I didn’t buy it on the first day, which ended up being a good thing. Over ten million people signed up for it, crashing its servers and making it impossible to enjoy the service. Disney quickly recovered and had everything up and running quickly. I started my free trial yesterday, November 14, and will likely continue the subscription. Some of my favorite shows from my childhood (hello, Kim Possible and Hannah Montana!) were one of the first things I looked at once I had access into the app. I watched a few episodes of HM with my roommate and the nostalgia was such an intense feeling.
In a competitive streaming environment like the one we’re currently in, companies have to do a lot to stand out. Disney has always been one of the greats, but with the launch of their service, they’re going to command the market for a few weeks at least. In response to their launch, Netflix announced a collaboration with Nickelodeon to launch new shows and spin-offs of originals. This response is one that is drastically called for. Disney will continue releasing original Disney+ content and adding more and more of their movies to their service as time goes on and the other companies will need to find different ways to keep up with them.
One downside of Disney+ that I’ve noticed is that they have a bit of false advertising on their service. I was scrolling through some of their titles they have available (the live-action Cinderella, to be specific) and was excited to watch it. When I clicked on it, however, it said it wouldn’t be available to stream until September 1, 2020 due to contractual obligations. I was disappointed I wouldn’t be able to watch it (but found another title quickly). If Disney won’t be able to stream the title or show, I don’t think that they should advertise it within their available films. That was the only negative thing I had to say about it so far.
All in all, I’m very happy with the service. It’s been about twenty-four hours, and I’ve already been blown away by how much content they have available. This service is truly a game-changer, and it might not be in the good way. Other companies with loads of content from their own brand might follow suit and make it harder to enjoy titles by pulling them off other streaming services and only launching them on their personal service. I am not sure if this is going to happen, but is this trend continues, it just might.
Thank you so much for reading! Are you interested in Disney+? Do you already have it? Verizon Wireless members are able to get a year of it for free! Let me know down in the comments what your favorite Disney movie is!