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If you're looking for anything Disney, the best place to find it these days is on Disney+. Disney's signature streaming service has not only the trademark films from the classic Disney catalog, but also movies from Pixar Animation, Marvel Studios, National Geographic, and Lucasfilm (Star Wars). There's a plethora of on-demand content, including original, exclusive series, TV cartoons, and live-action movies.
Disney+ has surpassed expectations with impressive standard features. Starting at $8/mo., Disney+ is hardly budget-breaking and even less expensive than premium streaming services like HBO Max, which starts at $10/mo. But, ultimately, the value of any streaming platform comes down to whether it has the right content for you. Read on to find out if Disney+ hits that mark for your budget.
|Disney Plus||Netflix||Hulu||HBO Max|
|Free trial length||None||None||30 days||None|
|Streaming quality||Up to 4K, HDR (Dolby Vision)||Up to 4K||Up to 4K||Up to 4K, HDR on select titles|
Disney+ allows subscribers to download shows and films for offline viewing and the service does not explicitly state how much you can download. However, the primary benefit of Disney+ over competitors is its vast library of exclusive Disney favorites that you can't find anywhere else.
Disney+ also sets itself apart by featuring 4K and HDR (Dolby Vision) as a standard feature for many titles. As for pricing, Disney decided to create an all-in-one package for subscribers. You don't have to think too long or hard about which plan to choose — decide whether you want ads or not, and you'll have full access to the Disney+ library either way.
On the downside, Disney+ does require users to pay extra to view ad-free content, though this is increasingly the standard for services like Netflix, Hulu, and HBO Max. Disney+ also doesn't have the wide range of films and shows that you can find on these other platforms, where there is an abundance of both kid-friendly and mature content from a wider range of studios.
Starting at $8/mo., Disney+ eliminates the indecision that comes from debating plans by offering an all-in-one subscription. If you'd prefer to go ad-free, you can upgrade for $11/mo. or $110/year.
Disney+ also offers the Disney Bundle for $13/mo., although this add-on includes the ad-supported version of Disney+ and Hulu, along with ESPN+. To get the Hulu and ESPN+ bundle with no ads, it'll cost you $20/mo. If you want to add a cable-like experience to your Disney plan, Hulu + Live TV comes with Disney+ and ESPN+, along with access to more than 85 live channels starting at $70/mo.
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 $13/mo. Given the total price of individual subscriptions to all three of these services, you'll save $13/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 with the Duo plan, which costs $10/mo.
New and existing customers who get the 5G Do More or 5G Start Unlimited plans can access six months of Disney+ for free. If you have a 5G Get More or 5G Play More plan, meanwhile, you will get the Disney Bundle with Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ for free for the life of your service plan.
Disney's stance on free trials and deals for Disney+ mirrors that of Netflix and HBO Max, as all three services have shy away from offering various deals or free trials to new subscribers.
This lack of a free trial and any explicit promotions is a unique move for these streaming services, as many of the big-name streamers like Hulu and fuboTV still offer free trials and other deals to attract new subscribers.
For instance, students can take advantage of the Hulu Student Deal, which allows them to access the streaming service's ad-free plan for $2/mo. -- a deal that is tough to beat. Hulu also offers a free 30-day trial. New Fubo subscribers can get a free seven-day trial with the streamer, something Disney+ doesn't currently offer.
Other services offer various deals to try to lure in subscribers. All Sling TV subscribers, for example, can receive a free AirTV Mini when they prepay for two months of the service.
Normally, a streaming service with no real promotions or a free trial would be set up to fail. But Disney's strength of brand has kept it competitive despite the lack of deals. It doesn't hurt that Disney+ is basically the only place you can stream much of this content.
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.
Series and movies that are available exclusively on Disney+ include many 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. You can also watch Oscar-nominated films, such as Luca, West Side Story, and more.
Whether you're an adult wanting to relive your childhood or simply sharing some of the favorite TV shows of your youth with your children, you can also find TV shows, such as X-Men, Gargoyles, Darkwing Duck, and more, as well as classic films like Hocus Pocus, The Princess Bride, Home Alone, and more. And, of course, let's not forget adorable Baby Yoda, the shining star of The Mandalorian, who was a big enough reason for some people to hop on the Disney+ bandwagon.
Here are some popular TV series and movies you can watch on the Disney+ streaming service:
DVR: Disney+ offers no DVR options because there is no live programming. The good news is that you can watch everything on the platform on demand around the clock. You also have the option to download shows and movies, which makes content available for viewing when you're offline.
Simultaneous streams: Currently, you can only stream on four devices at once on one Disney+ account. This provides for ample sharing in most households, and limiting simultaneous streams lowers the buffer rates for all subscribers. You can also create up to six user accounts, so everyone in the house can have their own viewing profiles.
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 some of your favorite sports and teams.
Ready to watch Disney+? You can log into the app from most internet-connected devices. Keep in mind that even if your device is on the list of supported devices, you may need to have a current operating system to be compatible with the Disney+ app.
Compatible devices include:
iOS and iPadOS
Android TV (Google TV)
Windows 10 & 11
Amazon Fire Tablet and TV
LGTVs with webOS
Samsung TVs with Tizen
Hisense Smart TVs
Apple AirPlay compatible TVs
Sony PS4 and PS5
Xbox One and Xbox One Series X/S
PC and Mac desktops and laptops via web browsers
Considering its exclusive content and low price point, Disney+ is worth every penny if you want the exclusive content library it offers. With a Disney+ login and account, you have access to hundreds of titles you won't find on any other streaming service. Offering 4K, HDR (Dolby Vision) support, as well as offline downloading, the Disney+ streaming service has effectively pulled many premium-class benefits into a standard, affordable package.
Despite not currently having a free trial period, with pricing starting at $8/mo., Disney+ has easily become a fan favorite.