Disney Plus is a streaming service produced by Disney which can be viewed on multiple platforms, its library contains many of Disney, Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar and National Geographical Films and TV Series, it’s staggered released around the world and was released in the UK in March 2020, and currently retails at £5.99, though there was a year launch package for a reduced amount.
We are big Disney fans, even Boo and I throughout the years have seen countless Disney films (Boo is from Monsters Inc), the Kiddies then, of course, have been brought up on Disney and Pixar films, let alone that all three have watched multiple series through those years. Roo being older, has watched the teen stuff also both from the TV series channels and films like Descendants.
But what’s also great is the additions of things like Marvel and Starwars, let’s be honest Pixar has been essentially Disney forever lol but these two franchises are still relatively new, and for many (a lot of boys and men especially) this adds diversity in range and Tigger and I love these so for us it great.
The app itself has been launched on multiple devices, and they are on many that you would expect the like of Netflix, Amazon and youtube to be on, including IOS, Android, PS4, Xbox One, Smart TV, so without phones tablets and TVs we are all pretty covered.
The Layout of the app has continued the theme of many others with a menu style on the left, but essentially you go horizontal and vertical, up and down left an right through the genres and films/show in the list, Why things like Amazon don’t do this as efficient I don’t know but this method with things like Netflix, Sky, Youtube has become the norm, we have SKY Q and have activated out Disney Plus on it, which allows us another way to access it, again it’s still up and down, left and right.
They suggest big numbers of Films and shows etc, but on first use, it’s not very obvious at all, there is the search button which allows you to find what you’re looking for, even some films that aren’t on there yet, like Frozen 2, they will confirm that and in some cases announce when they are preliminarily scheduled to arrive, unfortunately, there isn’t consistency between UK, USA, Asia, Europe etc. some stuff is out on one but not the other, this is partly because of licensing agreements and hopefully this will be ironed out long term. It takes a little time to work ou how to use it and you are really relying them on there showcasing items on there horizontal scrolling, it’s not easy for the first time uses but you will get used to it and what to look for, much like Netflix for example.
Another potential big thing for some and a bigger one for the future is the age rating principle, there’s no doubt its aimed at PG13/ 12A in Uk, this causes problems on films and shows joining the service, like Deadpool, arguably one of the most popular franchises of the last couple of years that they now own, and they’re not here, there’s already been a backlash on edited shows to keep inline, for example, Simpsons has been edited to be more politically and age correct, which is a shame, this is a huge worry as they now own Fox, which has countless apon countless Shows and films that could enter the streaming service, but they wouldn’t under this thought process, again due to licensing this make take some time to appear, and maybe Disney will do a separate service, The big knockdown for me is that Youtube, Netflix, Sky etc. ave all created profiles or Kids versions of there apps, which solves this issue for the most part, and we use that in our house.
The choice though is still good, they have a big back catalogue and there are plenty of Disney films and series to enjoy, and the films especially have always been pricey so you can easily get your money’s worth, the shows were often on channels that many people may not have had before so would be watching them for the first time, the same could be said for Marvel and Star Wars, and it’s nice to see documentaries on there to break it up. They are pushing there Originals currently, these are films and show that haven’t been anywhere else yet, this is fine and potentially down the road a big thing for them, it took Netflix a while to build that up, and Amazon is only now turning a corner with this.
Overall it’s a solid start, I remember Netflix starting and it was arkward, limited and ok, Amazon is still a nightmare to operate, whereas Disney has taken a lot from its competitors and are running with it, which is fine. If you’re an adult that’s not a huge fan of the animated library of Disney and Pixar, then this will be limited for you until they look at the Fox thing this will be an ongoing issue, but in a house that could cater for all of the family? then it’s good and well worth it, let’s be honest these categories covers a lot of people and you can find something that you like, and if your a Disney fan? then wow this is THE thing for you.