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Disney+ VS Netflix - At Launch

Updated: Nov 14, 2019

Disney+, The new streaming platform from Disney has launched officially in Canada,the USA and the Netherlands on November 12th 2019. The service will continue to roll out over the next 2 years with these being the next in line:

November 19, 2019 Australia New Zealand Puerto Rico March 31, 2020 UK France Spain Italy Germany Ireland

We have been asked, if it is a good idea to drop Netflix and to go with this brand new service, or if Disney+ is better than Netflix.

If we are comparing Netflix vs Disney+.. I wouldn't advise dropping Netflix for Disney+, as they are two completely different streaming services that come with completely different content.

Technical Side:

On their first day, their servers were not equipped to handled the load and crashed right away. They will be growing rapidly in the beginning and it is expected to have some growing pains. Their first day had over 10 million users, trying to access their service. Most analyst were forecasting Disney+ to hit 15 million subscribers within its first year, and by its first days stats we can see it's growth will be exponentially larger. They will have to work pretty hard to make sure everything's a smooth process. Netflix only grew about 80 million within its first 5 years. That was however a different era and streaming services are more popular than ever now.. making growth a lot easier especially if your name is Disney.

What Content to Expect:

800 of "family-friendly/PG13" movies are currently available on Disney+ vs 3500+ available on Netflix. They have also included the first 30 seasons of The Simpsons, which is great.. but there's a catch. They have changed the aspect ratios from the old standard definition of 4:3, to the more modern 16:9 high definition, along with improved color and clarity. The conversion to widescreen involves chopping off the top and bottom of the original image and/or stretching it to fit a 16:9 aspect ratio and could mean missing some off-screen content (see below). Disney said it expects to spend a little over $1 billion on original content for Disney Plus, in its fiscal 2020.. ramping up to the $2.5 billion range by 2024 which will significantly boost its content over this time.

What Content Will Not Be on Disney+:

It won’t include any non-family friendly content , which means movies such as Deadpool, Logan or the newer "adult" geared Marvel TV Shows won’t be coming to the streaming service. This also will mean the Marvel Shows on Netflix.. such as Daredevil, won’t be brought over onto Disney+.

Price: At launch Disney+ is priced at $8.99/month - $89.99/year in Canada and $6.99/month - $69.99/year in the United States respectively. Allowing up to 4 screens simultaneously and the ability to have 7 profiles within it.. each account can pick an avatar of a Disney, Pixar, Marvel or Star Wars characters, with over 200 avatars available.

Can You Share Your Login?:

"We believe that consumers will see that value, and they’re going to act accordingly,” he said. “They’re going to use those accounts for their family, for their household. That being said, we do recognize password sharing exists and will continue to exist.” -Michael Paull, president of Disney Streaming Services. It is implied that Disney doesn’t want to turn the dial to a point where things become annoyingly restrictive for customers, so for now, you’re probably okay to let your friends and family get a sample of Disney+.

With Disney+ offering a free 7 day trial on their website, their isn't much to loose.. that being said, I don't see this being a decision of which one is better Netflix or Disney+ as they both serve a different purpose. I would recommended Disney+ as an "add-on" service to compliment your total streaming experience, instead of a stand alone streaming service. It really comes down to what kind of content you want from your streaming services.

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