By Holly Feola & Casey DiBari– News Editor & Opinion Editor
On Nov. 12, Disney released its new streaming service, Disney+, which can be downloaded as an app. The service was created as another avenue for Disney to share new content while providing nostalgic movies and shows.
Disney+ has a free seven-day trial. After that’s complete, users pay $6.99 a month. If a user chooses to get Disney+, ESPN+, and Hulu (not premium) altogether, they pay $12.99. While this may seem pricey, this is equal to Netflix’s standard plan, where for $13 a month, you can stream Netflix on two devices in HD.
With Disney+, you get three services and can stream on four devices.
The Disney+ application is easy to use and the ability to access it through phone or laptop makes it very convenient. The streaming service homepage separates its five categories of content: Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic. It’s well organized into many different subcategories such as ‘Trending,’ ‘Inspired by True Stories’ and ‘Throwbacks.’
For its Disney section, the streaming service not only offers the majority of its classic Disney films but also offers Disney Channel Original Movies and TV shows dating back to the 1990s. While not every movie or show is listed right now, it seems they plan to add more content as time goes on.
There is also the original content of the service, such as the High School Musical spin-off, “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,” the Kristen Bell-lead reality show “Encore” and the soon-to-come “Lizzie McGuire” spin-off.
With some of it’s new series, Disney+ is only releasing one episode a week instead of the entire season at a time like other streaming services. This doesn’t allow the audience to binge the shows but instead to wait in anticipation for the next episode.
Disney+ also offers “Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted” in the National Geographic section, where the famous chef travels around the world meeting with different groups and learning about their culture and food. It is something any Ramsey fan would enjoy watching.
The Marvel section is great for fans who prefer hero cartoons from older series to newer ones. While the application does include several of the action-adventure hero films of the franchise, not all of the movies are on there.
In addition to its more known TV series and movies, the section includes a series called “Marvel Hero Project.” This show spotlights kids that are actual heroes in society today. Marvel Studios has made announcements there will be new series added to Disney+ in the future.
Considering Disney is known for its content for children, it may be hard for Disney+ to appeal to mature audiences. However, since Disney acquired 21st Century Fox, it allowed Disney to add content like “The Simpsons” to Disney+, which will help gain appeal outside their typical demographics.
The fair prices, diverse compatibility across many devices and more streaming offerings are enough to add it to your list of streaming services, whether you choose to keep Netflix or not. So whether you’re into old-school Disney, you’re a die-hard Marvel fan or looking to rewatch the Star Wars series before the newest movie, Disney+ has something for everyone.