Disney+ Leading the Streaming Wars

Ryder Rasmussen '21, Technical Editor

On August 23, Disney held its traditional D23 expo, a fan event the company has held for the past 10 years where they show off upcoming projects they have in-store for Disney fans. This year’s D23 was unique as the main focus of this year’s D23 was all the content that will be coming to Disney+. Disney announced long ago that they would be launching their own streaming service, Disney+, which will without a doubt become a big competitor to Netflix and other similar streaming platforms.

Disney+ will have five separate categories, those being Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic which will all feature beloved TV shows/movies (along with many new originals) specific to those properties. Some original content that will be added includes The World According To Jeff Goldbloom, Encore, a live action remake of Lady and the Tramp, Noelle, Muppets Now, and more. That doesn’t even include the originals that many Marvel and Star Wars fans are anticipating: Ms. Marvel, Moon Knight, She-Hulk and a now confirmed yet untitled Obi-Wan Kenobi series.

Disney has made it clear that the brand new content brought to their new streaming service is receiving the same quality and effort put behind it as their theatrical releases would. After watching the trailer for Disney+’s new Star Wars show, The Mandalorian, one would be forgiven for thinking it was a theatrical Star Wars release based on just how cinematic it looks! Disney has also confirmed no mature or rated-R content will appear on their service. Many parents may be encouraged by the family-safe TV shows/movies to sign up for their children, a way to entertain them and not have to worry that what they’re watching isn’t inappropriate for their age. Not only that, but the low price of just $6.99 per month will certainly be an attractive price point for many. The company is clearly very confident in Disney+ and how successful it could end up being. Not only that, but also the low price of just $6.99 per month, which is much lower than what most streaming services cost.

Many fan favorite series included with Netflix such as Friends and The Office are leaving Netflix and having their streaming rights return to the original television networks they came from. Those networks plan on having series such as those appearing on their own streaming platforms in an effort to compete with Netflix. However, it seems that Disney+ will soon become one of the biggest (if not the biggest) competitor in the streaming wars. 


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