A Plus for Disney Plus?


Tensions arise between the two popular streaming services, with Disney+ seeming to rise to the top. Image by https://www.boldbusiness.com/communications/netflix-vs-disney/

Andres Hernandez, editor

Disney Plus is a new streaming platform that built up anticipation upon release on Nov. 12. For only $6.99 a month, you can stream almost everything Disney has ever created or bought.

Disney for most of us has been influential to our childhoods. The release of Disney Plus created an uproar across social media platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat. Quickly, word spread about the new streaming platform from ads and post from people of all ages appeared

Long time Disney fans were eager to watch and stream their favorite Disney movies and shows from across a variety of networks including- Disney, Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars, and National Geographic.

“I enjoy Disney Plus because it basically has my entire childhood in one place. I can go back and make connections to other points in my life… I can also easily access the things I may have missed the first time it came out,” said Carmella Gillo (Div.123)

Disney Plus presents itself as a fierce competitor among other popular streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, and HBO now. The service is $7 a month, or $70 if you prepay for a full year. The price of Disney Plus is half the price of HBO Now and is also affordable in comparison to Netflix’s cheapest option at $9 a month.

Although Disney Plus has had its positive feedback, some believe that it won’t last for long as viewers become tired of watching the same Disney movies and shows over and over again. Not only is there repetition but some movies and shows are not on the streaming platform and won’t be placed on there until sometime in 2020.                       

“ I really love being able to watch all of my favorite Disney movies and T.V. shows all in one place, especially Princess and the Frog, but I don’t know how long it will last after I’ve watched everything I want to watch,” said Eva Frank (Div.023 ).

Streaming competitor Netflix has dominated the streaming industry for years by creating their own original hit shows such as Strangers Things, 13 Reasons Why, On My Block and Orange is the New Black. Since Disney Plus is fairly new to the game its has yet to release any breakout original shows, but has released some including High School Musical: The Series, and other Marvel original shows.

Although Disney Plus is currently in its early stages, according to a study from IMA, which specializes in data analysis for consumer shopping, Disney Plus drew in an estimated 15 million subscribers within its first five days.* By comparison, HBO Now took nearly three years to reach only five million subscribers.

Hulu not only is owned by Disney, but it’s where Disney streams more adult-oriented material. For example, Hulu is the destination for a handful of new, edgier Marvel animated series targeted to grown-ups, a collection nicknamed the Offenders. Hulu will continue to stream content from three of the broadcast networks, as well as its own original series, like The Handmaid’s Tale and Castle Rock.