Disney launched Disney Plus in Canada, USA, and the Netherlands. This will be followed by a launch in New Zealand and Australia a few days from now. Disney Plus is the company’s streaming service that will be on Netflix, HBO Max, and Apple TV Plus. It will be a platform where users can stream all of Disney’s content. What can users expect from the new service?
During the launch that happened on 12th November 2019, Disney’s CEO, Bob Iger, stated that the event marked a new era of creativity and innovation at Disney. Disney Plus will be a platform where viewers can stream every theatrical blockbuster from Pixar, Marvel, and Disney.
The company will also give users the option to view numerous shows and movies from the brands mentioned above. One of the most anticipated shows is The Mandalorian, an upcoming star-wars spinoff. November 19th 2019 will be launch date for the platform in New Zealand and Australia.
How much will it cost?
The streaming service will cost $7 per month in the USA or $70 if one chooses to prepay for an entire year. The latter option translates to about $5.83 per month. That makes it significantly cheaper than HBO Max and HBO Now.
It is also slightly less expensive than Netflix’s most affordable package, which is $9 per month. However, factoring in optional extras such as 4K Ultra HD, Dolby Atmos Audio, HDR10, and simultaneous streams places Disney Plus almost at the same tier as Netflix’s $16 per month package.
The company also made a deal with Verizon to give its unlimited wireless subscribers free Verizon Disney Plus subscription for one year. Disney’s other streaming services, ESPN Plus and Hulu, will be hosted on the same platform as Disney Plus. However, the company intends to keep the three streaming services as individual subscriptions. Users will, however, have the option to subscribe to a triple service Disney Plus bundle for a $13-a-month fee.
How can I stream it?
The company promised streaming support across a wide range of devices. These include tablets, computers, smartphones, media boxes, and connected televisions. In April 2019, the company specifically highlighted support for PlayStation 4 and Roku televisions.
There are also distribution agreements with companies such as Sony, Apple, Microsoft, Roku, and Google. These agreements were later expanded to cover LG, Samsung, and Amazon. Here is a list of devices through which users can stream content on DisneyPlus.
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- Roku’s televisions, sticks, and boxes
- Apple’s televisions, iPhones and iPads
- Android smartphones and TVs (through the Disney Plus app)
- Microsoft’s Xbox One
- Sony’s PlayStation 4
- Amazon’s Fire televisions
- Samsung and LG smart televisions
What features can we expect?
Here is a look at the features that subscribers can expect.
- Every Disney Plus account can run four simultaneous streams. Additionally, a single account will support up to seven different user profiles. This means that each household member can have their own avatar, chosen from a collection of over 200 Disney, Star Wars, Pixar, and Marvel characters.
- Disney Plus allows streaming of HDR10, 4K Ultra HD, Dolby Vision, and Dolby immersive audio content. However, the company has not mentioned the number of movie or show titles that will support these features.
- Subscribers will have access to unlimited mobile downloads for up to ten mobile devices. A single title can also be downloaded unlimited times. The number of films or television shows stored in a single device will only be limited by the available storage space.
- The service will support Spanish, Dutch, French, and English languages. This is for the subtitles, audio support, and user interface. However, Disney Plus’s original titles will have support for additional languages.
- There will be closed captioning, navigation assistance, and descriptive audio to help viewers with disabilities.
How is the release timeline?
Here is a look at the service's release timeline.
- Tuesday 12th November 2019: The service launched in Canada, USA, and the Netherlands. This is less than two weeks since Apple launched the Apple TV Plus service. Users in the Netherlands had a free trial period before the launch.
- 19th November 2019: The service will be launched in New Zealand and Australia.
- 31st March 2020: The service will be launched in Western Europe. Countries covered include Spain, Italy, Germany, France, UK, and a few more.
- October 2020: The service will roll out in countries located in Eastern Europe and Latin America.
Social media reactions
Here is a look at what people are saying about the service on Twitter;
It will be interesting to see how Disney Plus performs in a streaming industry that has mostly been dominated by the likes of Netflix. The relatively cheaper cost might provide value for money and attract customers from other streaming services.
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