Last updated 04/11/2019, as Disney has released new details about the service!
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 launch in the United States in November, 2019, and will be priced at $6.99 per month.
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
- No live streaming
- Compatibility with most devices (mobile devices, Roku/Apple TV/etc, computers, etc)
- No contract or commitment
- Price will be $6.99 a month
- Disney+ release date is scheduled for November 12th, 2019
- 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
We finally know the official Disney+ launch date! Disney CEO Bob Iger noted in a April-2019 conference that Disney+ will launch on November 12, 2019.
So, in November, Disney+ will be released in the United States. The company also plans to roll the service out in Europe and Asia in the coming years.
What is the Disney+ price? Just recently, Disney announced that Disney+ will cost just $6.99 a month, making it one of the cheapest streaming services out there! For reference, Netflix’s base plans costs $9 to $13 a month.
It’s also likely that Disney+ will be available at a discount bundled with other Disney-owned services, like Hulu or ESPN+. We don’t have specific details on what these bundles will look like, but we expect Disney to offer some kind of discount to folks who subscribe to 2 or more of the services. This could potentially make the Disney+ price even more attractive!
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 (at least 100 movies at launch)
- About 7,000 episodes of TV shows (at least 5,000 episodes at launch)
- 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
- All 30 seasons of The Simpsons (Disney+ will become the exclusive home of The Simpsons)
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
We already know that Disney Plus will offer at least 10 original films and 25 original series within its first year, so Disney is not wasting any time with this service! TheVerge has a good round-up of all the shows and movies that Disney+ is planning.
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 continue to be updated as new details emerge about the service.
Where Will Disney+ Be Available?
Disney+ will initially launch in the United States, and slowly expand abroad from there. The Disney Plus launch date in the US is November 12, 2019. For other countries, we expect launch dates to be 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.
The pricing – $6.99 a month – is also quite attractive. This puts it decidedly in the budget-friendly category, as it will be one of the cheapest streaming services!
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!