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Disney Plus: Can It Beat Netflix And Claim "The Streaming Throne"?

Disney Plus, the big mouse company's new streaming service that owns the largest names in entertainment, is not yet out, but it's already on its way to becoming the number one competitor for Netflix (What about Amazon Prime and the forgotten HBO? NO ONE CARES ABOUT HBO ANYMORE, MAN!!!). You would be subscribing to both in an ideal world. In fact, for your cash and time, there are already too many streaming services out there. But If you had to, which of the two are you going to choose?

Debuting November 12, 2019, we've still got a lot to discover about Disney Plus, and, "of course", I'll do my best to keep you updated with the latest things, guys (This is not going to happen... CUT!! CUT!!). If you're curious about how the streaming titans upcoming clash will unfold, continue reading and find out who we think is going to win: Will it be the old king of "The Streaming Throne", or will it be the new incoming contender? Let the pre-battle... BEGIIINNN!!!

Let's start with the most important part everyone cares so much about these days, before giving their hard work-earned paycheck to a big fat money-grabbing-streaming-company. Yes; I'm talking about "the content".

In many respects, the fight between Netflix and Disney Plus will result in a discussion of quality versus quantity. Disney Plus will launch around 7,000 episodes of TV shows, and between 400 to 500 films in the platform. However, that's less than one-fifth of the TV shows offered by Netflix, and just one-eighth of the feature movies. WTF!?

But (and this is a huge "but"), Disney Plus includes many of the company's most famous movies and shows ever produced on television. In a year's time, Disney Plus will host all of the Star Wars films, most of which are hard to find online at the moment. Disney Plus will also be the exclusive digital home for all fresh Marvel films, with the remainder of the Marvel Cinematic Universe entering the service as prior offers (Ahem, Netflix) expire. Every Disney animated movie will be accessible on the platform, as will all The Simpsons' 30 seasons because Disney purchased nearly all of Fox properties.

Original offers from Disney Plus are nothing to scoff at, either. With the Star Wars movies going on a three-year hiatus following 'Star Wars: Episode IX, The Rise of Skywalker', the Star Wars's live-action series will be the only way to get your favourite galaxy far, far away. Marvel shows such as 'WandaVision', 'Falcon and Winter Soldier', 'Loki' and 'Hawkeye' series will also be available, and no one can miss them, as they'll probably build on some intriguing plot threads that 'Avengers: Endgame' left unanswered. Moreover, series of some old Disney movies will also be at the platform. I know I'm not a kid anymore, mum, but...

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series'? HOLY S***!! I NEED TO WATCH THAT!!

On the other hand, Netflix has poured billions of dollars into their own initial programming , resulting in some of the finest television shows in a dizzying spectrum of genres and formats. Netflix is the only place to discover established hits such as 'Stranger Things', 'The Crown' (Awaiting for Season 3, where I'm supposed to appear more than 7 times), and the terrific 'Black Mirror', among many others.

Clearly, Netflix has also shelled out loads of cash, at least for now, to secure non-Disney favourites such as 'Friends' and 'The Office' (Oh, wait! THOSE ARE GONE NOW!!). Do not forget the feature film slate of Netflix, either. Netflix has more films than you could ever imagine... MORE THAN YOU CAN WATCH IN A FULL LIFE TIME! From Oscar-winning originals like 'Roma' to probably the most rubbish adaptations of classical hits; don't even want to mention... Cough, 'Death Note'. The largest blockbusters might be in Disney Plus when it comes out, but Netflix provides a more diverse and eclectic lineup. So, Netflix is the way to go if you want alternatives. Disney Plus 0 - Netflix 1!

Now, let's move to another really important aspect of life, and really important if you want to have enough to buy food while enjoying your favourite series in one of these streaming platforms: MONEY! You know, that thing Disney and other big companies like to take off you without a lot of effort: Just a good series and all your money of that month... Completely gone!!

It's clear that Disney Plus, at least at the beginning, is going to have less content, but that's why it costs less too (Ahem, is that actually good?). When Disney's new platform releases, a monthly subscription will only set you back £5.7 (or £57.8 per year), although we expect that price to rise over time (Disney, always dreaming on that Scrooge golden money swimming pool). For now, it’s still not clear how many screens Disney Plus will play on at once, but Disney has confirmed that you’ll be able to make multiple profiles and that the app will stream 4K Ultra HD video at no extra charge... Sounds nice; for the moment at least.

Meanwhile, Netflix keeps getting more expensive (Greedy a**holes). Right now, a "Basic Plan" costs around £7.5 a month, but that only lets you stream one movie at a time and only in SD resolution. The "Standard Plan", which includes two simultaneous streams and HD resolution, is £10.7, while "A Four-Screen Ultra HD Premium Plan" is £13.2 (Actually, that doesn't sound that expensive, right?). Disney will undoubtedly get more expensive than Netflix, but for now, it's going to be a sweet bargain for some time. Disney 1 - Netflix 1!

Disney clearly took a lot of inspiration from Netflix when designing Disney Plus. From everything we’ve seen, the two apps look remarkably similar. Both Netflix and Disney Plus have a large window that highlights featured material, followed by horizontal lists that sort content into new releases, personalised recommendations, and other categories. Disney Plus has a few extra buttons that let you sort content by franchise, but otherwise, they seem to be very similar.

I didn't think this was going to be so close, guys. That's why now it's time for the final thing to take into account before choosing one of these two streaming platforms: Where I can watch it before I pay for it? (Very useful tip, am I right?)

We're not going to know exactly which devices will support Disney Plus until it finally comes out. The big mouse company said in one of its most irrelevant but important events that it had already made deals to put Disney Plus on Roku streaming boxes and PlayStation 4 consoles (I HAVE ONE!!), and that the company hoped to get its app on everything from Amazon Fire TVs to even Nintendo Switch. Currently, however, there is no guarantee that you will be able to watch Disney Plus at the launch on your Chromecast, Blu-ray player or smart TV.

Meanwhile, Netflix is already available virtually in every device you can imagine. OK... Nintendo Switch (I HAVE ONE!!) does not have a Netflix app at the moment, but otherwise everyone could be able to stream Netflix on any modern tablet, smartphone, streaming box, gaming console, or smart TV. And if you want to know more... JUST GO TO CHECK THE OFFICIAL COMPATIBILITY LIST OF NETFLIX, YOU LAZY BASTARDS!!

With all that said, time or the verdict.

It’s far too early to fully compare Netflix and Disney Plus, given that many Disney Plus key features, including its final user interface, are still unknown. However, we can still make these kind of articles just to get an idea of what's coming: A Thanos kind of threat or a peaceful and relaxed platform for all families?

If you already like Marvel and Star Wars, or if you have kids, or you even like Disney movies yourself, or you even have some weird fetish for Jar Jar Binks while "doing it", clearly, you’re going to want Disney Plus. But, if you’re not a fan at all of all those things I just mentioned, oh, well... Just stick with Netflix, OK!?

While it costs more, Netflix offers more variety in terms of genre, has a bigger selection of movies and television shows, and already hosts a large number of critically acclaimed original series. Yeah; Disney Plus looks great, but it’s geared toward fans of Disney specific franchises. By contrast, Netflix is for everyone. I'm not going to say who's the winner here, that's for you to decide. Yet, Disney Plus is going to need to grab us really hard from our nostalgias if they want us to spill all the money to beat Netflix's reign "Avengers: Endgame beating Avatar in the box office with a s**** re-release" style.

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