Disney’s founder Walt Disney once said, “You’re dead if you aim only for kids. Adults are only kids grown up anyways.”
Disney proved they still hold this quote dear and revived the child inside millions of Americans Tuesday morning with the release of its new streaming platform, Disney+.
Dawning 500 movies and 7,500 episodes, Disney+ has other streaming services fearing for their longevity. With a price of only $6.99 a month, or $69.99 a year, Disney’s streaming service is already cheaper than several of its rivals, including Netflix.
Now, what does this mean for the average streamer? Is it time to cancel your Hulu subscription? The answer may not be that simple.
After the historic launch, many users were reminded that even media giants like Disney are not perfect. Some reported glitches after purchasing their subscription. Others were sent to a page reading, “Unable to connect to Disney+”
Twitter hosted many upset users that coined the hashtag #DisneyPlusFail. Subscribers were quick to point out shows and movies that were missing from the platform. For example, “The Proud Family” and “American Dragon: Jake Long” did not make the cut.
Another issue arose from the platforms switch to a 16:9 ratio, meaning some of the shows are cropped on the users screen. In most of the platforms episodes, this isn’t a huge issue but avid “The Simpsons” fans took to Twitter to air their grievances over lost jokes.
Disney quickly responded and apologized for the inconveniences via social media. To be fair, the number of adults ready to watch children’s shows on a Tuesday morning was much higher than most would expect.
Despite these complications, Disney+ is shaking up the streaming industry. For those concerned about watching more than just childhood nostalgia, the platform offers a bundle with ESPN and Hulu for $12.99 a month, saving the customer $5 a month. This bundle is revolutionary to the streaming industry and has never been done before.
Disney is also working to remove all of its programs from the current no. 1 streaming service, Netflix. Due to contracts between the two, fans may be waiting 6 months to a year to have all of their favorites on one platform.
What does this mean for Netflix? With companies like Apple, HBO and Time Warner taking their content back, Netflix is being forced to up their original content. It is up to the viewers whether that original content is enough to keep them on the platform.
The streaming industry is insanely competitive right now and everyone is trying to get their share. Most likely, a few services will survive and the rest will fall short.
As a consumer, you may be wondering which platform is most worth your while. Disney+ and the bundles it offers are cheaper than their competitors but the decision really lies with the viewers’ preferences.
Nevertheless, the launch of Disney+ was groundbreaking. It’s signaling a major shift in the entertainment industry and speeding up the eventual decline of the cable business.
One thing is for sure, Disney knows there is a Peter Pan in all of us, refusing to grow up. If that means rushing to watch all of our favorite kids movies on a Tuesday morning, so be it.