Disney+ ends Netflix’s reign in streaming debate


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Disney released its highly anticipated streaming service, Disney+ on Nov. 12, 2019. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Lakshya Vegiraju and Sam Skolnick

Disney released its highly anticipated streaming service, Disney+ on Nov. 12, 2019. In a world where money is not an issue, you could subscribe to both Disney+ and the world’s leading streaming service, Netflix, without hesitation. In reality, many feel the need to choose one over the other out of monetary concerns. In many ways, the Disney+ versus Netflix debate will come down to Disney+’s high quality content, over Netflix’s quantity, with its famously extensive library.

Perhaps the best selling-point for Disney+ is its variety of content and its relatively low price. Disney’s past, present and future of entertainment can be found on Disney+ for only $6.99 per month according to Disney+’s website. The subscription allows streaming on multiple devices and profiles. 

Netflix, on the other hand, offers three different plans. The basic plan is $9 per month and has some limitations, including no HD entertainment. The standard and the most commonly used plan is $13 per month, and the premium plan is valued at a whopping $16 per month according to Netflix’s website. 

Disney owns some of the biggest names in entertainment, making it a fierce competitor for Netflix. Disney+ includes blockbusters and beloved shows from Marvel and Star Wars to Wizards of Waverly Place and High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. Netflix, along with other streaming competitors, will no longer have access to these titles after their existing contracts expire. 

By 2021, every item in Disney’s catalog will be exclusively available to Disney+ subscribers. This includes childhood favorites, such as full collections of Disney Channel series and movies All the movies, shows and cartoons that made our childhoods magical will only be accessible with Disney+. 

It is clear that Disney is creating a pop culture entertainment hub with its popular franchises, providing just as much, if not more, enjoyable content than Netflix and other streaming services.