Disney+ is here and you can start streaming today. Disney+ by entertainment giant Disney had said well over a year prior that it intends to launch its own streaming service to take on the likes of Netflix, Hulu, Apple TV and Amazon Prim Video just to name a few. Disney Plus or Disney+ as far as its official branding goes will integrate well into the Disney ecosystem.
Disney is burning through no time in making new and old content available on its streaming platform. Disney Plus will be the home for bunches of selective TV series and films from Pixar, Marvel Studios and Star Wars among others.
It says on its website that it will have content from National Geographic as well. There’s even more because back in 2017, Disney had announced a deal to acquire much of Fox’s content and since that deal has since closed, it means you can expect some of that content too.
Disney is giving you all of these for $6.99 a month or $69.99 a year and for the bundle package of getting Hulu and ESPN Plus, US subscribers will get to pay $12.99.
In the event that you are a present or new subscriber of Verizon Wireless’ 4G or 5G plans, you can get an entire year of Disney Plus for free as from today. This arrangement will likewise be made accessible for Verizon’s Fios internet and 5G home customers.
The new service launches in Canada from today as well which is the only other country to get the service today in addition to the Netherlands. In Canada the cost is $8.99 CAN for a month and $89.99 CAN for a year and in the Netherlands, it costs 6.99 euros per month and 69.99 euros for the annual package.
In a week later from today specifically on Nov. 19, Disney Plus will launch in Australia and New Zealand. In the Land Down Under, the administration will cost $8.99 AUS a month $89.99 AUS for each year. In New Zealand, Disney Plus will cost $9.99 (New Zealand) a month or $99.99 (New Zealand) for a yearly membership.
The United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain and Germany get Disney Plus starting March 31st, 2020 and since they are all EU member state nations with the exception of the UK which is in the middle of pulling out of the European bloc, I would assume that the Netherlands pricing stands for all. More nations will be added to the list according to Disney and as soon as we have that list, we will update the article.
Disney Plus compatible devices
Here’s a list of devices that you can access Disney Plus on right now;
- Google Chromecast and gadgets that have Chromecast in-built
- Microsoft Xbox One game consoles
- Sony PlayStation 4 game consoles
- Roku, including all Roku sticks, set-top boxes, and TVs that have the Roku OS
- iOS, including the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch
- Apple TV set-top boxes, including the new TV app.
- Android, including Android-based smartphones and tablets
- Android TV-based gadgets, including the Nvidia Shield.
- Amazon Fire TV-based sticks, set-top boxes, and TVs
- Samsung smart TVs from 2016 to current models.
- LG smart TV models.
There are rumours that it may be coming to the Nintendo Switch console and even though it hasn’t been confirmed yet, an earlier promo showed that this would be a reality at some point.
User interface and what to expect when you login
Now when you login, here’s what to expect. There’s a hub-like feel that shows you sections like Disney, Pixar, Star Wars and National Geographic services. Children can see the shows and films they are keen on, while their more seasoned guardians can see their kind of content.
As a Disney Plus user, you will be allowed to create up to seven individual profiles just like you have on Netflix.
Disney Plus will support 4K content in addition to allowing user gadgets of up to 10 devices with four of those gadgets streaming simultaneously. You will also be able to download content to your phones and tablets for offline viewing just like you have on Netflix.
The special kids’ mode will allow parental control that make it difficult for children to switch between accounts to prevent them from seeing inappropriate content.
As you can expect, Disney is a content filled service and it’s not unexpected for a 90-year-old company that has produced some of the intriguing shows like Mickey Mouse, Snow White, Beauty and the Beast, Hannah Montana and Frozen among others. All of these are launching on the service from today in addition to the Marvel superhero list.
From the Fox content, expect to see shows like Dr. Doolittle, The Simpsons and Malcolm in the Middle among a host of films. The sad news for Netflix is that its contract with Disney ends at the end of this year which means Netflix subscribers will no longer have access to Disney related content including the super hero Marvel films.
Original and new content coming to Disney Plus
That said, Disney is not just launching with its 90-year arsenal, it has some new and original content namely;
- Noelle – a Christmas movie starring Anna Kendrick and stars Bill Hader.
- Lady and the Tramp
- The Mandalorian – A 10-episode live-action TV series based in the Star Wars universe.
- High School Musical – The Musical: The Series
- The World According to Jeff Goldblum – A NatGeo series based on actor Jeff Goldblum and his look at the planet
- The Imagineering Story
I’ll post a more comprehensive list of Disney Plus origianl content.