New to the streaming world
By Rose Gottschalk
It was an exciting and (un)productive week as America welcomed the release of the long awaiting service, Disney+. Children, adults and college students everywhere have been looking forward to the streaming service since it was announced back in 2017. Not only is Disney+ a way to procrastinate, but it’s also a way to jump back into our childhoods and re-watch the classic shows and movies we grew up with. Whether it’s to watch That’s So Raven or Monsters, Inc, or more recent media like Avengers: Endgame, and Duck Tales, Disney+ has everyone’s favorites.
On Tuesday, Nov. 12, people everywhere were able to start streaming the service. There are many ways to sign up, from free one-month trials to bundle packages with Verizon, Hulu and ESPN, so there is definitely a plan that will suit your needs. According to cnet writer Joan E. Solsman, Disney+ acquired over 10 million subscribers in its first 24 hours, which explains the technical issues that the service faced on launch. While this doesn’t compare to other services like Netflix and Hulu, Disney announced they wouldn’t update their numbers until their regular earnings calls.
Not sure you want to subscribe? Here’s a breakdown so you can make a decision.
In a world of streaming services, it’s hard to make a service unique. Disney did what Disney does best: gave an otherwise typical streaming service its own spin and made it, well, Disney.
Opening the website or app, viewers can create their own profile. This was especially fun as the images to choose from ranged from Winnie the Pooh characters to the Princess lineups. There’s a profile picture for every user.
Next, the home screen. This is where the Disney twist on streaming services comes in. The top is a slideshow of Disney hits, both classic originals and recent movies. Below the slideshow are the different companies involved, such as the animation studio, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, or National Geographic. The rest of the page is broken apart in different movie/TV show categories, like “Originals,” “Recommended,” “Out of the Vault,” and more. There are so many categories for every movie need that searching can go on for hours before something is selected.
The best part of browsing through Disney+ is the wide array of categories. The kinds of sections it offers are diverse, with ones like “Through the Decades,” “Princesses,” “The Muppets,” and other collections. The division of the movies and shows into things like “Toy Story collection” and “Darth Vader collection” makes it easier for anyone itching to see what was missed in the original search to find what they want. Every time I’ve opened Disney+, I find something new that I want to watch.
There are some drawbacks that I’ve found. Maybe it’s from being spoiled from Netflix, but there are little perks from alternative streaming services that I miss. There isn’t a “recently watched” tab, and the screen will exit full screen in between episodes when watching a show. Some users also have issues resuming what they were watching, which forces them to restart. But these are minor setbacks compared to the plus of having a range of shows and movies available to watch.
Another noteworthy aspect is that Disney added a disclaimer to some of the older movies. The Guardian highlighted some of these movies, like Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp (1955) and Dumbo (1941) that contain “outdated cultural depictions.” This warning redeems some of Disney’s past issues with being insensitive, although it doesn’t erase these altogether.
Don’t know if you still want Disney+? Here are some shows and movies it includes and what to look forward too:
- The original series, like Encore and The Mandalorian.
- Movies that haven’t come out of the Vault in years, like Snow White and Bambi.
- The ability to own everything at the tip of a finger.
- The Marvel shows coming out in the next year.
- All the shorts that are included.
- Seeing Mickey throughout the years, from his first appearance to his last.
- And so much more!
So try the free trial, and binge as many shows and movies as possible. Not enough time? Consider the subscription. You won’t doubt spending the $6.99/month.