On Tuesday, Nov. 12, Disney’s much hyped streaming service, Disney+, officially launched. The service offers films and television series from every property Disney owns the license for, including every film in the “Star Wars” series, every classic Disney film, The Marvel Cinematic Universe and new content produced exclusively for Disney+, among others.
Disney+ is meant to act as Disney’s response to the recent success of Netflix and will be leading a trend of networks and companies starting their own separate streaming services, including but not limited to efforts by NBC and CBS. (NBC most notably will be attaining the rights to stream shows like “The Office” and “Friends” exclusively on its service in the next few years). So far, the service has been a success, with a reported 10 million subscribers and several million downloads on the first day alone. One of the service’s flagship efforts, the Disney+ exclusive “The Mandalorian” premiered its first episode to mostly glowing reviews, accumulating a score of 87% on Rotten Tomatoes.
There has been concern leading up to the launch of Disney+ that the segmentation of streaming services will ultimately prove detrimental to the consumer. If any given UNO student were to subscribe to Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, HBO, Showtime and Amazon Prime, they would be paying a total of seventy-one dollars a month, which is coming close to the price of Cox Cable, at $90 a month. Further segmentation is liable to increase this expense.
There have also been technical snafus—many users found themselves unable to log in to Disney+ or access specific services. Spokespeople for Disney went on Twitter to state that this was, at least in part, due to the fact that they were not anticipating the level of traffic that they received. The statement also mentioned that they were working on fixing the issues and that the problems ought to be quickly resolved.
Even with the minor technical problems, the consensus among several UNO students is that Disney+ has justified paying the extra seven dollars.
“I would pay for it if I could. I love Disney movies, and Disney seems to own a lot of the other franchises I like, as well,” UNO student Josalyn Switzer said. While Switzer voiced interest in enrolling in the service, she stated that she is currently seeking better job security.
“It doesn’t seem too expensive,” she said.
UNO Student Morgan Runice also voiced interest, albeit cautiously, saying that “the big ESPN/Disney/Hulu bundle would save me about 3 bucks if I split it with roomies” which is tempting, “but the slate of original content is mighty slim at the moment.” Runice pays about $30 a month for streaming.
UNO Student Kelsie Newman added that if she wanted to keep Disney+, she didn’t think she would “have to cut anything out.” Newman currently pays $20 a month for streaming. She had a lot of praise for Disney+.
“I think Disney easily could’ve made the subscription like $15/month and I think plenty of people still would’ve signed up and paid for it. There’s a lot to offer,” Newman said.
Disney+ is available now, starting at $7 a month. Those who have a Verizon unlimited plan, however, can get one year of Disney+ free. “The Mandalorian: Season One” will continue once a week exclusively on Disney+. New programming will continue to be added in the coming months.