Disney+ (pronounced Disney Plus) is an American subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) streaming service owned by the Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer & International division of The Walt Disney Company. The service debuted on November 12, 2019, in the United States, Canada, and the Netherlands and launched in Europe in March 2020.
Disney+ is focused on the film and television content from Walt Disney Studios and Walt Disney Television. Original films and television series based on new and existing properties are also available, including content from Disney, Lucasfilm/Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar, National Geographic and even 20th Century Fox/20th Century Studios. The service competes with other general-interest subscription services, and complements ESPN+ and Hulu as part of Disney's over-the-top strategy.
Why It's Fresh
- Very cheap. It only costs $7 for every month. It is also included at a reduced discount if you have a Hulu subscription as well.
- A good range of original series, including the likes of:
- Many shows, like Dinosaurs, have been digitally restored for the service, as well.
- It even includes some content from 20th Century Fox/20th Century Studios and National Geographic, which can apply to viewers who aren't very interested in the Disney content.
- It has everything a Disney fan, Pixar fan, Marvel fan, or Star Wars fan needs, from the very first Disney short film (Steamboat Willie) to the recent films like Avengers: Endgame and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
- While similar to Netflix, it has its own identity and makes its own original content less Netflix-esque.
- Classic TV series like Gargoyles, DuckTales, Darkwing Duck, Phineas and Ferb and Spider-Man (1994) are on there, too. Even The Simpsons of all shows are on there, and all seasons, too! (except Stark Raving Dad, see the first bad quality)
- The Disney+ Original logo is well-made.
- Content is able to be streamed in resolutions up to 4K Ultra HD in Dolby Vision and HDR10, with Dolby Atmos sound on supported devices.
- It has tons of great original movies.
- Unlike Netflix, device sharing can registered up to ten devices.
- The Star Wars prequel and original trilogies finally got color-corrected and even have the 20th Century Fox logos in the beginning.
- It is family friendly. Unfortunately this has led to the removal of some good shows and some censorship in movies and tv shows (see the first bad quality).
- Despite this, Mature Content was added on to the website with the launch of Star, it has tons of great TV Shows and Movies such as Die Hard, LOST, The X-Files and even the entirety of Family Guy, Futurama and American Dad. (However, Star is only exclusive to in Canada, Western Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore; in the United States, Hulu fills this role instead)
- Some content in movies and TV shows got censored for bad reasons.
- The Simpsons episode Stark Raving Dad was not included due to the episode being removed from syndication by the producers in March 2019 following the Leaving Neverland controversy.
- The Family Guy episode "Partial Terms of Endearment" was not included with Star due to the controversial focus on abortion even though the purpose of Star was to add more mature content available.
- Some episodes of The Muppet Show that feature Spike Milligan aren't in available to watch in Europe, the reasons are unknown, but possibly too many stereotypes.
- One fake blooper scene in Toy Story 2 (Stinky Pete talking to two Barbie dolls for a role in Toy Story 3) was removed due to the John Lasseter allegations that led to his resignation.
- Like Netflix, they like to label several movies and shows (such as Soul) as "Disney+ Originals", even though they are played in theatres without Disney+ in some countries, which makes them egotistical.
- It doesn't have all content that Disney owns.
- Some 4:3 programs are stretched or cropped to a 16:9 ratio.
- The Simpsons' cropped aspect ratio for the first 20 seasons was so problematic, that Disney decided to release the first 20 (excluding the ones produced after the HD and widescreen transition) seasons in their original aspect ratio in May 2020.
- Despite claiming that "nothing expires", some content on the service has been removed mainly due to rights issues (mainly with Disney-owned films that HBO in the United States currently holds the rights to).
- Some bad original films exist such as Artemis Fowl.
- Disney tried to get people to buy this in certain countries by shutting their Disney channels down beginning in 2020, which is not good.