Disney+ monopolizes streaming services

By Maddison Godi, reporter

Since Disney+ was released, it has gained 10 million subscribers and 3.2 million mobile app downloads. This colossal line up of 600-plus movies and TV shows will only be growing in the new year. At only $6.99 a month, or free with an unlimited data agreement from Verizon, Disney+ has shaken the streamable competition.

The first streaming service created was Amazon in 2006, but it did not launch worldwide until 2016. Netflix has been around since 1998 and started off as a DVD rental service and turned to a streaming service in 2007. A year later, Hulu came out and has since live-streamed its way to the top three.

Eleven years later, Disney+ is disrupting everything these streaming services have worked toward. Included in Disney+ is the largest collection of Disney movies and shows: Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, the Simpsons and several short films. It is now the streaming service with the most streamable content available.

Another addition that is making Disney+ a bigger competitor is Disney’s Hulu takeover. Even though the full sale will not be completed for another five years, Disney has already taken control. This has allowed them to create a bundle including ESPN+ for $12.99 a month.

This collaboration will allow Disney to begin processing all of their Fox, Freeform and Hulu adult content. A separation between kid-friendly comedies on Disney+ to adult drama content on Hulu will make the bundle worthwhile. Who wants to spend more on all different streaming services when they can get it all for only $12.99?

Disney+ has learned from the best by including the option to download as many movies and shows as possible from the app. They are also offering the subscription in the 4K and HDR experience at no extra cost. It honestly feels too good to be true.

Since the app is still new, there are several hiccups that will only be fixed within time.

For example, the Disney+ homepage shows a number of shows under different genre titles. This is similar to how other streaming services like Netflix and Hulu are set up. The only problem with this feature is that some of the same movies are listed under each genre. This has shocked many subscribers. Since there are over 600 plus movies and shows to choose from, there is no need to see the same choices repeated.

Also, there are still several Disney movies and shows stuck in licensing deals with Netflix. Some of these movies are Finding Dory, Cars 3, Moana, Pete’s Dragon and Coco. Between the end of 2019 and into 2020, each Disney movie is scheduled to leave Netflix at different times as their licensing agreements turn up. This will only add to the 600-plus movies available.

Since Disney was created back in 1923, they have produced a lot of cultural content. This collection of older content is available on Disney+ but with a warning saying “may contain outdated cultural depictions.” Movies included are The Jungle Book, The Aristocats, Fantasia, Swiss Family Robinson and Davy Crockett.

Even though the app needs some adjusting and some movies and shows are not available, Disney + is predicted to have 13 million subscribers by the end of 2020.

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