Disney+ Is Doing This One Big Thing Differently Than Netflix With Its Originals
As Disney continues its quest for world domination in entertainment, recreation, and merchandising (the Target deal was just announced), the company’s impending Disney+ rollout is starting to give non-bandwagoners reasons to consider signing up. This past weekend’s D23 Expo event was filled with a cornucopia of reveals for Disney’s television, movie, and amusement park plans, but programming for Disney+ dominated discussion panels.
Once the streaming platform goes live in the U.S. on November 12, fans will have access to an array of original Disney programs, Marvel content, and Fox properties like Home Alone in addition to its existing vast library of movies and shows. Will it truly give Netflix a run for its attention and dollars?
Disney won’t be airing new shows like Netflix
You know how Netflix has become synonymous with binge-watching sessions? When you have the time and bandwidth to spare, nothing beats curling up (or stretching) out in front of your screen to watch 8 to 10 solid hours of new episodes of your favorite show. Once you’re finished, you start the cycle again with a novel discovery or a revisit to an oldie but goodie. You then pat yourself on the back, because what took others 8 years to do, you accomplished in three days. Bravo and thank goodness for snacks.
You won’t be able to do that on Disney+ because, when it comes to their original series, only one episode at a time will be released on the platform. As excited as you are about The Mandalorian and WandaVision, you’ll need to learn to Disney+ and chill.
These shows will be treated like primetime/cable airings, TVLine confirmed. With episodes being released weekly, viewers have no choice but to stick to their subscriptions for shows that warrant your divided attention—and investment. You know how it goes once you’re hooked. And if you have little ones, that could mean queuing up their new favorite on repeat or spending less time in front of the one-eyed babysitter.
Netflix will have Disney+ beat in this category, hands down
Clearly, both streaming services are competitors, but many people plan on having both. That is a sound idea for those who want to mix up their content with R-rated fare, because Disney+ will not feature anything above a PG-13 rating.
As CNET points out, after launch, Disney plans to house over 500 movies and 7,500 individual television episodes on the platform, so there will definitely be something for everyone. With titles from Marvel, Pixar, and ABC, there are ways to devote your entire day or night to watching TV.
What Disney+ does have going for itself
With its low-low base rate of $6.99 per month, the service includes up to four simultaneous streams and seven user profiles per account. If that’s not tantalizing enough, possessors of 4K/HD televisions don’t have to pay extra to enjoy the difference in video quality. Go up a tier to the $13 per month bundle and get ESPN+ with two additional streams and the ad-based version of Hulu (single stream), CNET also reports.
Compare that deal to Netflix which charges $8.99 per month for its basic plan that allows one stream and one device per account, and its standard plan for $13 per month that only allows for viewing on two screens at a time (but up to six devices). For a four-screen option or HD and 4K TVs, the price jumps to $15.99 a month.
Steaming services trying to appeal to cord cutters and everyone else could be forcing some to reconsider how much they want to pay for their content altogether, but Disney+, like Netflix, is making it hard to say no. Depending on what you’re looking for and your viewing habits, you might find yourself choosing one platform over another. Or you might get them all.