POLL — Is Disney Plus worth the money?

Story by CBC Kids News • 2019-11-12 14:42

An overview of the newest streaming service

Disney’s new streaming service, Disney Plus, launched today and that means some of your favourite Disney movies and shows will be disappearing from competing services like Netflix.

Question is, at $8.99 a month, is it worth making the switch to Disney Plus, or trying to convince your parents to add another subscription to the roster?

Here’s what you need to know about Disney Plus before making any big changes.

Costs

When it comes to monthly fees, Disney Plus falls somewhere in the middle of the pack.

Netflix and Crave TV are at the top of the scale at $9.99 a month.

CBC Gem is free if you don’t mind ads or $4.99 for a commercial-free subscription.

Apple TV Plus is also on the lower end of the scale at $5.99 a month. The service is also offering a free year-long subscription if you buy an Apple device.

Netflix $9.99 Stranger Things, Riverdale  Crave TV $9.99 Letterkenny, Hart of Dixie  Disney Plus $8.99 The Mandalorian, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series  Amazon Prime $7.99 Red Oaks, Sabrina: The Teenage Witch  Apple TV Plus $5.99 Dickinson, The Morning Show  CBC Gem Free (with ads) Schitt’s Creek, Anne with an E

Content

Every streaming service seems to have its fan favourites.

Disney Plus is offering content from Marvel, Pixar and Fox, plus some surprising throwbacks.

One of the more highly anticipated releases is Star Wars: The Mandalorian, a series that takes place right after the fall of the Empire.

Unlike Netflix, you won’t be able to binge-watch the entire series in one go. Instead, the episodes are being released one week at a time.

Row of posters shows various Disney Plus movies.

Disney Plus features old and new content from Disney, but also other content companies like Pixar and Marvel. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/The Associated Press)

It used to be that Disney movies would pop up on Netflix once they were out of theatres, but that deal is about to expire.

That means if you miss your chance to watch Frozen II in theatres, you’ll only be able to watch it on Disney Plus.

 

 

More changes coming

The launch of Disney Plus is a sign that the streaming wars are in full swing.

NBC Universal is expected to launch its streaming service, called Peacock, in the U.S. next year, with a plan to expand internationally after that.

All of this competition means streaming companies are fighting to get the content they need to attract subscribers.

Peacock beat Netflix in the bidding war for The Office, for example, and you can bet it wasn’t cheap.

Characters on The Office stand together and laugh.

Netflix subscribers have until the end of 2020 to binge-watch The Office before it makes the shift to NBC Universal’s new streaming service, Peacock. (Gus Ruelas/The Associated Press)

Glitches

Despite months of hype, the launch of Disney Plus didn’t go smoothly.

Customers across Canada and the U.S. reported technical difficulties only hours after launch, saying they were unable to connect.

Disney acknowledged the problems and said it was working to fix them.

Some error messages even showed Disney character Wreck-It Ralph. Maybe he really did break the internet this time?

Tweet from Metroid Mike 64 says experiencing technical difficulties and shows Disney Plus error message featuring Wreck-It Ralph.

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