The highly anticipated release of Disney’s new streaming platform, Disney+, has so far received positive reviews since its November 12th launch. It joins the more established players in the streaming market, such as Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon Prime, as well as newer services like Apple’s new Apple TV+ platform.
Ever since Disney pulled its content from Netflix leading up to the release of their own service, fans of Disney’s show and movie options have been waiting to see all their favorite titles. Within its first day of launching, the service already had ten million subscribers.
For many Freeman students, the shows now available on Disney+ are nostalgic. Lilo & Stitch, Recess, and Kim Possible are just a handful of the options from the childhood years of most high schoolers today.
Freshman Olivia Robinson first subscribed to Disney+ two weeks after it was launched.
“I’ve watched ‘Hannah Montana: The Movie,’ ‘The Incredibles,’ ‘High School Musical,’ ‘Monsters University,’ and other movies,” she said.
While her family has both Netflix and Disney+, she says she “hasn’t used Netflix since the release [of Disney+].” She cites the greater variety of options on Disney+ as the reason for her lack of interest in Netflix, but says “we’re probably still going to keep our subscription.”
As the competition heats up in the streaming wars, consumers can expect to see lower prices. The drawback comes with each service having their own popular shows, each coming with its own monthly fee, such as HBO’s “Game of Thrones” which drove many subscribers to the platform for that show alone. It will be interesting to see whether Disney’s play towards consumers’ nostalgia as well as their addition of new programming will allow it to break into an already crowded market.