Streaming has been the de facto gold standard for the way for people to get their content fix for at least five years now. Netflix, of course, popularized video streaming and after them came players like Amazon with its Amazon Prime Video and Hulu.
However, it’s fair to say 2019 will probably be looked at as the year the streaming wars really began in earnest. That’s because two heavyweights are launching their own streaming services: Apple with its Apple TV+ and juggernaut Disney with its Disney+ service.
Disney+: What Is It?
Disney+ is the Wal Disney Company’s new streaming service. After years of licensing its popular content to other streaming services like Netflix, Disney got wise and figured out they could make a boatload of more cash if they released a streaming service of their own. Hence, Disney+.
Disney+: How Is It Different Than Other Streaming Services?
From now on it will be the EXCLUSIVE place to stream Disney–owned content (and they own a LOT–see below). So if you were used to seeing Marvel movies on Netflix or Disney classics on Amazon Prime, well, get over it.
Disney is pulling their content en masse from other streaming platforms (as soon as their contracts allow them to, that is) and putting it all on Disney+. Basically, if you are a Disney fan, you are going to get Disney+ to stream the content you love.
Disney+: What Content Does It Offer?
Ah…literally almost EVERY popular movie and TV show of the last 40 years. Disney+ not only has Disney animated classics, but it will have every Marvel movie, every Star Wars movie, every Pixar movie, and HUNDREDS of more TV shows and films including fan favorites like Wizards Of Waverly Place and blockbusters like Avatar.
That’s not even to mention the original content Disney+ will have The Mandalorian (Star Wars), Loki (Marvel), The World According to Jeff Goldblum, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, and dozens more.
Disney+: What Devices Does It Work On?
Basically, if you have some form of digital device, the chances are good you can watch Disney+ on it. Supported devices include:
- Android phones
- Android TV
- Apple TV
- Chromecast and Chromecast-enabled devices
- Fire TV streaming devices
- Fire TV Edition smart TVs
- Fire Tablets
- LG TVs
- Samsung TVs and devices
- Sony PlayStation 4
- Sony Smart TVs
- Roku players
- Roku TV
- Xbox One
Disney+: How Much Does It Cost?
Disney+ only costs $6.99 per month, making it a very attractive subscription service considering the wealth of content it offers. You can also buy a one-year plan for $69.99, which saves you about $12.
Disney+: How Do I Get It For Free?
Disney+ launches on November 12th in the U.S., November 19th in Australia and New Zealand, and March 31st in U.K., France, Germany, Italy, and Spain. Once it launches in your respective country you can sign up for a 7-day free trial at preview.disneyplus.com.
Apple expert and novelist, Michael Grothaus has been covering tech on KnowYourMobile for the best part of 10 years. Prior to this, he worked at Apple. And before that, he was a film journalist. Michael is a published author; his book Epiphany Jones was voted as one of the best novels about Hollywood by Entertainment Weekly. Michael is also a writer at other publications including VICE and Fast Company.