If you are even remotely interested in professionals sports, Disney, movies, or TV, you have probably heard about the soon-to-be-released Disney streaming service called Disney Plus. If not, let me catch you up.
In a power play that possibly has other, more comprehensive streaming services (cough * Netflix * cough) shaking in their digital boots, Disney announced that they will be launching their own, Disney exclusive, streaming service November 12, 2019.
If you are thinking about getting on the Disney Plus train here are a few things to know.
10 Things to Know About Disney’s Streaming Service Disney Plus
Disney+ will be the dedicated streaming home for ALL Disney film content.
This includes movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and more. It will basically include all of Disney’s content up to PG-13 rating as well as legacy content from Fox (because Disney bought them so that’s theirs now too). And no, you won’t be able to find Disney movies on Netflix or other streaming services for long.
Disney Plus will offer ad-free programming.
That means you won’t even have to fast forward to get past commercials!
They will offer a variety of content to subscribers in addition to the movies you know and love.
This includes a variety of original feature-length films, documentaries, live-action and animated series and short-form content. Subscribers will enjoy unprecedented access to Disney’s incredible library of film and television entertainment including the entire film libraries of Pixar, Star Wars and its Signature Series and Disney Vault lines of classic hand-drawn animated movies, like Bambi and Snow White.
They will also have 30 seasons of “The Simpsons” available on day one in the U.S., with plans to add more Fox titles like The Sound of Music, The Princess Bride and Malcolm in the Middle shortly.
Going forward, the service will also be the exclusive streaming home for films released by The Walt Disney Studios in 2019 and beyond, including “Captain Marvel,” “Avengers: Endgame,” “Aladdin,” “Toy Story 4,” “The Lion King,” “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil,” “Frozen 2,”and “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.”
But wait, there’s also hail Mary’s and Handmaidens to look forward to.
Consumers in the U.S. will have the opportunity to purchase a bundled offering of Disney Plus, ESPN Plus, and Hulu (with ads), all properties owned by Disney.
The bundle offers an exciting value proposition with access to all of the Disney Plus programming plus thousands of live sporting events, sports-themed original series and award-winning sports documentaries from ESPN Plus; as well as Hulu’s award-winning original content and on-demand streaming library.
Subscribers will also enjoy unlimited downloads.
That means you can watch the content you love even when you don’t have access to wifi.
It will be widely available across various platforms.
So you can watch on your mobile device (phone, or iPad for example), as well as on your laptop, smart TV, and through our gaming consoles.
There are a ton of never before seen Disney Originals coming to the platform.
As excited as I am to have all of my favorite Disney movies at my fingertips, I have to admit that I am most excited to catch some of the series and films Disney has planned for launch on the platform. Shows like Marvel’s Hero Project, WandaVision, and Timmy Failure are peaking my interest, but there will be countless shows to look forward to as well as behind the scenes, projects, and films. In the first year of service, Disney plans to release over 25 original series and ten original films and you will only be able to experience these if you have the Disney Plus service.
The entire family can enjoy what they want… At the same time!
One thing that I love for my house is that Disney Plus will allow four concurrent streams. That means DudeDad can watch a game with Dude 2 on ESPN Plus, Dude 1 can watch Star Wars, Dude 3 can watch some episode of Austin & Ally for the tenth time, and I can watch what I want too, all at the same time.
You can also have up to seven different profiles, and there are parent control options to limit access for younger viewers too.
It’s pretty affordable.
At $6.99/month for the Disney content and $12.99 if you go for the bundle with ESPN Plus and Hulu, you will be able to enjoy a lot of content for less than some of the competitors. And, if you think about it, once Disney pulls all of their content from other sources, they won’t really have any competition, at least not any that can offer access to their films and shows.
Many are saying this new service is somewhat of an issue for Netflix with the majority of their plans priced well above this, but personally I just see it as another nail in the coffin for traditional cable. I’ll never give up my Netflix—I love my Netflix Originals and access to network TV shows too much—but I can see our family saying adios to our hundreds of dollars a month cable bill that we pay on top of whatever streaming services we are utilizing now.
You can preorder it now.
But, if you want the bundle, with ESPN Plus and Hulu, you will need to wait until it’s released in November to get on board. Here’s the link to order it now and learn more if you’re interested: Disney Plus Pre-order
Here’s the trailer for Disney Plus to learn more…