As one of the most popular video streaming services available, Disney earned its spotlight in the digital streaming arena alongside giants such as Netflix and Amazon with its own streaming service, Disney+. Apart from featuring their hallmark films from Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars, Disney+ also includes the series and straight-to-TV films featured on their network cable program as well as high-quality streaming with 4K and HDR support.
Distinguishing themselves from the streaming crowd, Disney+ has surpassed expectations with impressive features they have decided to offer as a standard. Starting at $8/mo., Disney+ is hardly budget-breaking and even less expensive than streaming services than Netflix, which starts at $10/mo. and HBO Max, which starts at $10/mo. Continue reading for more insight and clarity on the benefits of the new Disney streaming service overall package.
|Disney Plus||Netflix||Hulu||HBO Max|
|Starting monthly price||$8||$10||$7||$10|
|Free trial length||None||None||30 days||None|
|Streaming quality||Up to 4K, HDR||SD||Up to 4K||HD; Up to 4K, HDR on select titles|
Despite not having DVR capabilities, Disney+ allows its subscribers to download shows and films for offline viewing. Disney+ does not explicitly state how much you can download.
Disney+ had earned its position as one of the best streaming platforms available, soaring over competitors with impressive features under their wings. Don't let its short-lived free trial mislead you. When compared to the other streaming services, Disney's offerings shine with robust packages along with its affordable price and its exclusive content offerings.
The most glaring feature that sets Disney streaming apart is how they feature 4K and HDR as a standard. Disney didn't skimp on features through a standard versus premium dilemma, bottlenecking subscribers into paying a premium price for a single feature. Instead, Disney decided to create an all-in-one package for their viewers. Not only is this type of plan highly considerate to subscribers' wallets, but this inclusive package also doesn't leave anyone in the dark when revisiting childhood (and adulthood) favorites.
Starting at $8/mo., or $80/yr. for a savings of $16/yr., Disney+ eliminated the indecision that comes from debating plans by offering an all-in-one subscription -- with no ads whatsoever.
Disney+ also offers a bundle for $14/mo., although this add-on includes the ad-supported version of Hulu and ESPN+. To get the Hulu and ESPN+ bundle with no ads, it'll cost you an extra $6/mo. If you want to bundle with Hulu + Live TV and get access to more than 85 channels, the cost is $70/mo.
Subscribers can also purchase Disney's Premier Access for $30, which will give them early access to films like Raya and the Last Dragon. Unlike theatergoers, Disney Premier Access subscribers can watch the new movie as many times as they like, accessing the film for the lifetime of their subscription. Premier Access subscribers have first dibs to certain movies, weeks or months before they become available to all other Disney+ subscribers.
In 2019, a Disney+ free trial was launched with a few mobile carrier-specific promotions to attract new subscribers. The service is still offering many of these deals, including the following:
This bundle has become a lucrative sell for Disney+, and an attractive option for those looking to keep the cost of their streaming services low. The Disney Bundle gives you access to content across Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ and costs just $14/mo. Given the total price of individual subscriptions to all three of these services is $22/mo., you'll save around $8/mo. by purchasing this bundle.
For Hulu subscribers who want to add Disney+ content to their plan but aren't interested in the ESPN+ content that comes with the Disney Bundle, Hulu has made Disney+ an optional add-on for $2.99/mo. That allows subscribers to save $5/mo.
New and existing Verizon customers are given the opportunity to get Disney+ and/or the Disney Bundle depending on their qualifying Unlimited phone plan. The Start Unlimited ($35/mo.) and Do More Unlimited ($45/mo.) plans include Disney+ free for six months, while the Play More Unlimited ($45/mo.) and Get More Unlimited ($55/mo.) packages currently include the bundle for the life of your plan.
Disney's stance on free trials and deals for Disney+ mirrors that of Netflix, as both services have recently pivoted away from offering various deals and a free trial to new subscribers. This is not indicative of a consensus across the streaming world, but still an important callout nonetheless.
This lack of a free trial and any explicit promotions is actually a unique move for the streaming services, as most of the big-name streamers like Hulu and fuboTV still offer plenty of deals to attract new subscribers and keep costs low.
As of early March 2021, Hulu began running a special student discount and offering a basic ad-supported subscription to enrolled college students who are current and prospective subscribers of the service for $2/mo. New fuboTV subscribers can also get a free trial with the streamer, but remember the trial is capped at seven days.
All Sling TV subscribers can receive a free AirTV Mini when they prepay for two months of the service. And let's not forget that some AT&T customers can get their current HBO Max subscriptions for free with a qualifying cell phone plan.
Normally, a streaming service with no real promotions or a free trial would be DOA, but this is Disney we're talking about here. It doesn't matter what the company is selling, if you love Disney enough, you'll buy it.
Disney is not subtle when showing off its prestigious content, nor should it be. The streaming platform offers all kinds of new and classic content limited to Disney+, with a running total of 7,500 television episodes and 500 films. You won't find many of these Disney+ movies or TV shows on Netflix, Hulu, or YouTube TV. The following are series, movies, and franchises exclusively featured on the Disney+ streaming service, all of which cost $8/mo.: National Geographic series, Marvel films and shows (excluding Sony Entertainment franchises like Spider-Man and Venom movies), Pixar shows and films, and Star Wars shows and films.
Some of the most popular films and TV shows on Disney+ include Disney animated films Moana, Frozen, and Toy Story 4, as well as Star Wars films and TV shows and the Avengers series. You'll even find Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings on Disney+, as well as other Marvel films. But if you're wondering why Spider-Man isn't on Disney+, that comes down to the fact that it's a Sony property and not purely Marvel. You can also watch the 2022 Oscar-nominated films such as Luca and West Side Story.
If you're an adult wanting to relive your childhood or simply sharing some of your favorite TV shows from when you were young with your children, you can also find TV shows such as X-Men, Gargoyles, and Darkwing Duck, as well as classic films like Hocus Pocus, The Princess Bride, and Home Alone. And, of course, let's not forget adorable Baby Yoda, the shining star of The Mandalorian, who stole the hearts of many and was a big enough reason for some people to hop on the Disney+ bandwagon.
You won't find most of these TV shows or films on any other streaming service, so if these titles are considered household staples for you and your family, you may want to consider investing in a Disney+ account.
Here are some popular TV series and movies you can watch on the Disney+ streaming service:
TV Guide's expert recommendations editors can help you find more great movies and shows to watch on Disney+.
DVR: Disney+ offers no DVR options. DVR value is limited to live broadcasts when programs offer a single run of a show or when someone wants to record a favorite program -- Disney+ shows are streamable 24/7. They also offer the option to download shows and movies from their service, meaning you can download your favorite films or TV episodes, making them accessible offline.
Simultaneous streams: Currently, only four streams can operate simultaneously per Disney+ account. In the streaming realm, limits to simultaneous streams are placed in order to avoid instability and low-buffering rates to other subscribers.
Sports: Apart from certain sports movies and documentaries, Disney+ is not the streaming service for sports fans. The Disney Bundle gives you access to sporting events, so we recommend bundling if you're looking to watch sporting events and content.
Considering its exclusive content and streaming quality, Disney+ is worth every penny given its low price point and flagship content. With a Disney+ login and account, you have access to dozens of titles you won't find on any other streaming service, which makes it worth it alone for some subscribers. Offering 4K, HDR support, as well as offline downloading, the new Disney+ streaming service has effectively grasped all of the premium-class benefits into a standard, affordable package.