The talk of the month has been the arrival of Disney’s new streaming service called Disney+, released on Nov. 12. Disney+ contains new Disney material along with almost every movie, television show and short series in any affiliation with the company, including Star Wars, Pixar movies, Marvel movies, The Simpsons and more. The cost is $6.99 a month and $12.99 to include Hulu and ESPN+. In its first business day, Disney+ has quickly gained over 10 million subscribers.
FSC freshman Ashlee Clement bought Disney+ within the first few days of its release.
“I love it because it has all the old Disney originals, tv shows and everything else you could want, and for so little a month,” Clement said.
Disney+ has already made deals with other big companies like Verizon, in which you get a free subscription along with the subscription of Verizon deals.
On Oct. 22, Verizon released three announcements regarding the anticipated release of Disney+.
“On November 12, Verizon will begin offering 12 months of Disney+ to all new and existing 4G LTE and 5G unlimited wireless customers,” Verizon said in one of their statements.
With this new contender in the world of streaming services, the other contestants have a couple tricks up their sleeves, especially Netflix. Common in most people’s childhoods, Disney and Nickelodeon always seemed to be in constant battle, and on Nov. 13 Netflix and Nickelodeon signed a deal just a day after the release of Disney+.
This new upcoming partnership is looking to release original animated films and television series created and produced by Nickelodeon using a large catalog of characters, both old and new. Netflix added the show “Victorious” on Nov. 2. Netflix also plans on adding a “Spongebob Squarepants” spinoff, a series focusing solely on Squidward.
“Shares of Disney have surged 8% since the launch of Disney+,” Reuters Business reporter Noel Randewich said. “Netflix’s stock recovered from an initial slump and is now up nearly 3%.”
Other streaming services are making their own efforts to keep up with the times as well, with HBO signing a deal with “Sesame Street.” Some people, like ScreenRant writer Nicholas Raymond believe that when all the hype dies down, these services will be able to coexist, working together towards a common goal: to bring back childhood memories, and make viewers feel like children all over again.
“Disney+ and Netflix serve very different needs, so potential customers won’t necessarily choose between them,” Raymond said.