Disney’s long-awaited streaming platform, Disney Plus, just dropped earlier this month. Even throughout the weeks leading up, I heard much talk about people forever leaving Netflix and Hulu to sign up for the newest platform. Disney being the entertainment powerhouse that it is, owning ABC, ESPN, Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars IP for their service, they’re definitely a force to be reckoned with. I played around with Disney Plus for 48 hours and here are my thoughts.
Lack of original content
Original content is a huge driving force behind the success of a streaming service. I know Disney Plus is a new service, so I don’t hold this against them yet, but still doesn’t change the fact that I’m paying for the service until they come out with more titles. Netflix similarly had this issue when they first started creating OC, but now they have a large collection of Netflix Originals that are worth a watch.
Currently, The Mandalorian is probably the most popular title that is bringing in viewers. I’ve watched three episodes so far and I absolutely love it. But is one show worth the money? That’s up for you to decide. Personally, I’m going to look deep into my soul to find the strength to abstain from waiting week to week for the newest episode, and just wait until the first season is out before I sign up for a month and binge it all together.
I would check out the Jeff Goldblum show, but don’t see myself watching the others. Definitely don’t feel like the target audience for the High School Musical series.
Giant library that I won’t take advantage of…
Don’t get me wrong. There is a TON of content on Disney Plus. At first glance, I felt nearly overwhelmed. The majority of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies (sans the ones I suspect are still on Netflix), all the Pixar movies, and other Disney classics. There are even old school, Zoog Disney-era movies that some of the younger readers might not know. I’m talking Motocrossed. I’m talking The Luck of the Irish. I’m talking, the m*****ing Phantom of the Opera! They even have every season of Boy Meets World, which is actually worth watching.
After taking inventory of all the options I had, I had to decide where to start. And that’s when I realized that I didn’t want to rewatch all of these. While they live happily in my childhood memories, those memories just weren’t compelling enough for me to say “Let’s do this.” At least not for $7 a month when I still have Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. If you’re considering something like CBS All Access, please don’t bother.
The Disney Plus video player isn’t the best
Every media player belonging to a streaming service has its quirks, and they differ based on what device you’re streaming on. However. I’ll base it off iOS for this part of the review, just as a baseline. Double tapping on the screen to forward didn’t seem to be consistent. Had to use the timeline to move forward and back. Sometimes I miss lines, and I like the comfort of going back a few seconds without having to scrub through to the exact spot with my fat fingers. It also lacks features like Amazon Prime Video’s insights, which let me know what actors are on screen or trivia.
Use the free trial before you make a commitment
The best way to determine for yourself if it’s worth it, is to try the service out. Sign up for one free week. That should also let you watch at least three episodes of The Mandalorian since that’s how many that are already out. Please remember to set it so your subscription cancels the second your trial period is over. Otherwise you’ll get charged for the first month.
Go to Profile –> Account –> Billing Details –> Cancel Subscription.
Note that cancelling subscription means you simply won’t have access to the service after your trial is over. This does not mean that you can’t use it until then. This is a common way services make it so that you accidentally pay after a trial. In the vast majority of services that I’ve used a trial, cancelling allowed me to continue with the service for the remainder of the trial period. Once the trial period is over, you can decide if you want to keep going, and pay at that time.
Free year of Disney Plus with Verizon Unlimited
For those of you who have a Verizon Unlimited plan, there is currently a promo for one free year of Disney Plus. Please redeem it ASAP because the deal has a deadline!