On November 8th, 2018, our world of streaming services was given a huge announcement, the beginning of a new streaming service:
Disney+ will launch on November 12th, 2019. Disney’s streaming service will contain the majority – or maybe all – of Disney’s produced movies and tv shows. It will include content from Disney Studios, Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, Pixar, 20th Century Fox, National Geographic, and so much more. Much like streaming services of today, primarily Netflix and Hulu, it will have endless entertainment for those who become members. Even more so like Netflix, Disney+’s users will be able to download the tv shows and movies as well.
Continuing to compare Disney+ to the streaming services of Netflix and Hulu, Disney+ will also stream original tv shows and movies. Netflix has the iconic teen movie of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and science fiction hit of Stranger Things. Hulu has social media’s recommended tv shows including The Handmaid’s Tale and The Act. On August 23rd, 2019, Disney+ made its first ever announcement at a D23 Expo to talk about what originals it will be creating.
It will be, “Never-before-seen original feature films, series, short-form content and documentaries,” according to the Disney+ website. This vast catalog includes Star Wars: The Mandalorian, The World According to Jeff Goldblum, the Lady and the Tramp 2019 remake (like Disney did with The Lion King), Loki, WandaVision, and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. (I’ve included links to trailers that have already been released.) Along with Disney’s new original content, as aforementioned, a lot of produced Disney entertainment will be on there as well.
Now for the price. You would think that Disney, being one of the most well-known companies in the world, along with:
- Being on the Fortune Global 500 list 25 times
- Ranked #170 on the Fortune Global 500 list for 2019
- Overall yearly revenue of $59.4 billion
- Famous animated feature films
- Multiple world-renowned theme parks
- Its annual revenue only decreasing twice since 1991
- Board of Directors include the Chairman of Twitter and the CEO of Facebook
- Merchandise available almost everywhere you shop
that Disney would charge something similar to Netflix, which its most basic plan is $8.99/month and most popular plan is $12.99/month (for HD quality streaming), or Hulu, which its most basic plan is $7.99/month and commercial-free plan is $11.99/month.
Now also don’t forget what companies Disney owns:
- ESPN (80%)
- Touchstone Pictures
- A&E (50%)
- The History Channel (50%)
- Lifetime (50%)
- Hollywood Records
- Vice Media (10%)
- Core Publishing
And don’t even get me started on what brands Disney owns. Basically, any big entertainment name you can think of, Disney most likely owns it. For example, Marvel is Disney, Star Wars is Disney, the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is Disney, and the Indiana Jones franchise is Disney.
If you want to see everything that Disney owns, I highly suggest you look at this infographic. It’s intense.
Now, if you guessed Disney would charge a high price for their streaming service, you would be incorrect, my friend, for Disney+ is only a mere $6.99/month or $69.99 for the whole year.
I can sense Netflix and Hulu shaking in their digital boots. One of the main reasons I still use Netflix is to watch classic Disney movies, such as Tarzan, Chicken Little, Princess and the Frog, and Meet the Robinsons. In fact, Netflix has an entire page dedicated to Disney movies, and let me tell you, it’s a pretty big page. Hulu is where I catch my Hercules, Pocahontas, and Ratatouille as well as it has some other Disney content on there too.
With Disney+ coming out, the Disney company is taking back all of its content from streaming services we have now.
Now, that’s a major power move. If popular streaming services like Netflix and Hulu won’t have access to allow their subscribers to stream Disney content (that we all know a good 90% of the streamer population does), what will happen to Netflix’s and Hulu’s subscribers? The faithful ones will stay, but what will happen to the subscribers only using it so they don’t have to pay for each and every Disney movie and tv show they watch?
Netflix has about 152 million subscribers and Hulu has about 28 million subscribers. Sources say that, within the fiscal year of Disney+’s launch (2024), it could bring in 60-90 million subscribers. That’s already more than half of Netflix’s, and it’s been streaming content for almost 9 whole years now. Hulu is a smaller number, but they shouldn’t be as worried, for they are not exactly Disney+’s competitor.
Disney+ has announced it will be offering a package plan that includes Hulu. Prices for this plan as well as other package plans have not yet been released but are due to be released soon. I currently have the Spotify and Hulu student combination plan, so I am not quite sure what my future plan is or what my family’s plan is, but we are definitely getting some form of Disney+ when it’s launched this November.
Personally, I am a huge Disney fan (if you couldn’t tell yet). My Spotify playlist of songs from Disney movies is a whopping 6 hours and 24 minutes long. And those are just the songs I know the lyrics to. Whenever I listen to this playlist, it’s hard to skip any songs because I love them so much. That’s how I feel about Disney entertainment content as well, especially for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. You can ask almost anyone on Emory’s campus who knows me, and they will tell you that I’m the biggest Marvel movie buff they have ever met. I mean, just look at my “Marvel Wall” in my apartment (not including a couple of other posters in my bedroom or the Marvel placemats on my table, and yes, Darth Vader made a cameo in this pic, but he’s cool regardless):
I also have a Star Wars wall, but that’s for later – back to Disney+.
Disney+ is probably the best thing that will ever happen to entertainment streaming services in my opinion. It is going to have everything I (and many, many other people) will ever need. It will range from National Geographic documentaries, to the classic Disney films we all grew up with, to Jeff Goldblum talking about how he sees the world in, well, a Jeff-Goldblum-y way and it will be totally awesome. I’m more than looking forward to November 12th.
The last thing I will leave you with is a trailer/advertisement for Disney+ that I cried (don’t judge me) while watching because I’m so excited.