It’s been a long time coming, but entertainment juggernauts Disney have finally entered the streaming market with new service Disney+.
And this is huge news for TV and film fans alike: it means there is another player in the battle for streaming supremacy, currently headed up by Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.
Not only does Disney+ host a whole catalogue of past beloved classics – think Snow White or Bambi – but subscribers can also access a host of Marvel, Pixar, Fox, National Geographic and Star Wars titles, with all those companies owned by Disney.
From Star Wars live-action series The Mandalorian, to Marvel’s Wandavision, Toy Story spin-offs and The Simpsons (over 600 episodes!), Disney+ has it all.
As per streaming services like Netflix, you don’t have to buy for each show or film you watch. Instead, you pay a monthly subscription for access to all titles on the service’s massive library, completely ad-free.
A Disney+ subscription costs £5.99 per month or £59.99 a year in the UK. You can enjoy a seven-day free Disney+ trial after signing up. The Disney Plus price is less than a Netflix premium plan which comes in at £11.99 a month to give you a comparison.
You’ll be able to sign up to the service through Sky Q and NOW TV – Disney+ will be available as an add-on.
What devices are compatible with Disney Plus?
The Disney+ app can be downloaded on most Apple and Android devices, Smart TVs and Amazon Fire TV streaming devices, as well consoles such as the PS4 and X Box.
Top Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar and Fox shows are available for all subscribers, including:
Star Wars series The Mandalorian, a live-action show set in the outer reaches of the galaxy between episodes VI and VII.
30 seasons of hit animation series The Simpsons.
A new Toy Story series centred on new character Forky, called Forky Asks a Question. Viewers can also expect Lamp Life, an animated short exploring where Bo Peep was during the events of Toy Story 3.
High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. The scripted show is set in the school in which High School Musical was filmed, and sees students putting together their own stage version of the film. Not confusing at all.
A National Geographic show led by Jeff Goldblum called – amazingly – The World According to Jeff Goldblum.
There’s certainly a lot going for Disney+, with its subscription price (£5.99) cheaper than Netflix’s standard package (£8.99). And while Netflix’s standard package only allows for viewing on two devices at once, Disney+ allows for four screens to simultaneously view titles from one account.
However, although the price is certainly appealing, you have to consider what type of content you’re looking for. While Disney+ promises many child and teen titles, the service arguably lacks programmes aimed at adults, with Star Wars series The Mandalorian the only real show generating interest. But this could change by 2021, with the service set to release a string of Marvel and Star Wars titles in coming months.
Yes, you can download titles and watch them later on the Disney+ app. Downloads will last 30 days
What is the difference between DisneyLife and Disney Plus?
Disney already had a subscription service in the UK, called DisneyLife. A £4.99 subscription granted access to a catalogue of 450+ Disney movies (including all the original versions of The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, The Jungle Book and so on).