The on-demand streaming industry has long been dominated by a handful of services – namely Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu. But several upcoming product launches threaten the “old guard” of the industry. One of the most exciting options is the new Disney streaming service, called Disney+. We put together a Disney+ review to share more about this yet-to-be-launched service.
Disney is joining a crowded marketplace, but they are betting big on Disney Plus. Disney has already began pulling their content from Netflix and other streaming services, in preparation for the launch of Disney Plus. Soon, fans that want access to Disney’s award-winning shows and movies, including epic franchises like Marvel and Star Wars will need to subscribe to Disney+. Learn more in our full Disney Plus review below.
What is Disney+?
Disney Plus is an on-demand streaming service that has yet to launch. It will likely launch in late 2019.
Disney intends this new service to be a direct competitor to Netflix and other on-demand streaming services. The service will NOT offer live streaming, only on-demand.
We don’t have full details, but here’s what we expect based on Disney’s statements and the features of its competitors:
- Ability to stream movies and shows on-demand
- No commercials (there may be a cheaper option with commercials)
- No live streaming
- Compatibility with most devices (mobile devices, Roku/Apple TV/etc, computers, etc)
- No contract or commitment
- Prices from $8-$12 or so per month
- Good selection of content from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, National Geographic and others
At least at first, Disney+ will mostly carry Disney’s own content. Specifically, the service will focus on family friendly Disney content.
Details are still emerging, but you can expect to see shows and movies from franchises like Marvel, Star Wars, and many others.
Disney+ Release Date
Disney has not formally announced a firm release date for Disney Plus. However, Disney has hinted at a Fall 2019 launch date. We’ll keep this guide updated as we learn more.
Other sources have indicated a “late 2019” launch date. Time will tell!
What is the Disney+ price? Ah, another unanswered question!
Disney has not released actual pricing yet. However, Disney CEO Bob Iger has been quoted as saying that Disney+ will be cheaper than Netflix.
Thus, we expect Disney+ to cost somewhere around $10/month, as Netflix is currently $13/month.
Disney+ Shows & Movies
What content will be hosted on Disney+?
We know for sure that Disney+ will feature tons of family friendly Disney content, including kids movies and shows. You can also expect plenty of family content from Pixar.
Popular franchises like Star Wars and Marvel will find their home on Disney+. This goes for already released content, as well as some future releases.
According to an interview with Disney CEO, the service will have the following existing content:
- About 500 films from the Disney library
- About 7,000 episodes of TV shows
- Disney+ “will have the entire output of the studio, animation, live action at Disney, including Pixar, Star Wars and all the Marvel films.”
- All past and future movies from Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar and more
Disney+ will also likely have exclusive original shows based on existing popular franchises. At launch, Disney hopes to have 4-5 original films and several original shows. We expect to see:
- At least one Marvel original series, focused on Loki
- Other Marvel original series (report here)
- At least one Star Wars original series, focused on Cassian Andor
- Another Star Wars original, called The Mandalorian
- A new season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars
- New show based on Monsters Inc., the Muppets and High School Musical are planned
Disney+ will not include any R-rated films or content that’s owned by Disney. Instead, the company plans to send that content to Hulu. Fans looking for Disney’s edgier content will want to check out Hulu’s platform.
As for new movies, such as Star Wars Episode 9 and Captain Marvel (both set to launch in 2019), we expect to see these movies on Disney+ – but not until after they launch in theaters. Unlike Netflix, which launches everything on their streaming platform the day it comes out, Disney+ will take a more traditional approach. Big blockbusters from Star Wars and Marvel will likely launch as normal in theaters worldwide, before eventually making their way to Disney+.
This Disney+ review will be updated as details emerge about the upcoming service.
Where Will Disney+ Be Available?
Disney+ will initially launch in the United States, and slowly expand abroad from there. We do not yet have detailed Disney Plus launch dates for any country, but we expect a domestic launch in late 2019 and international launches beginning in 2020.
We do not have details on what devices will be compatible with Disney+.
That said, given the company’s clout and the resources they are investing in this new service, we expect wide device compatibility.
At launch, expect Disney+ on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and others. Mobile compatibility on iOS and Android devices is also likely. Less popular devices may be added in the future.
Disney+ Review: Is Disney Plus Worth It?
At this point, it’s impossible to say! We simply don’t have enough information to say if this service will be worthwhile or not.
That said, with the info we do have, it certainly looks like an attractive service. Fans of Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar films and other popular franchises won’t really have much of a choice – it will either be subscribe to Disney+, or lose access to these franchises.
Disney’s move into their own streaming service has big implications for Netflix and the entire streaming industry. This recent video from The Verge explains the shift well:
The streaming industry is becoming crowded, with more and more services popping up. Customers will have to carefully consider which services they find the most valuable.
This Disney+ review will be routinely updated as details emerge. Stay tuned!