By Ava Aschettino
Disney Plus, the new streaming service full of films and series previously locked in Mickey’s vault, has been made available to millions of Disney fans. Many enjoy the 500 plus films and 7,500 episodes of family-friendly content offered on the platform, and its addition to Disney has procured a large profit for the company. Disney Plus is now successfully competing with streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. However, if you are over the age of 13, you should spend your valuable money on a more diverse streaming service, like the top dog, Netflix.
Look, I’m not preaching that Disney Plus isn’t for anyone. It is among the most cost efficient at $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year ($5.83/month). It is also great to own if you’re… a child. Or if you have children, being that the service has hundreds of Disney classics that shaped so many of our childhoods. The service also includes content from Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars and National Geographic, which is why many adults and teenagers are tempted to subscribe. However, if you’re an individual looking for a larger pool of content, Disney should not be where you spend an extra $6.99 each month.
Netflix offers hundreds of films and thousands of shows from diverse genres: everything from action and comedy to horror and documentaries. One of the factors that sets Netflix apart from its streaming competition is that they have one of the largest varieties of original, quality content. Additionally, Netflix offers content ranging from The Office to wildly popular original series such as Stranger Things.
When Disney Plus first launched, it only offered a handful of new material, but Netflix consistently surprises its subscribers with new films and series that keep audiences binging all weekend long.
Netflix also offers a myriad of content for children too. Parents even have the ability to set age restrictrictions and block content from their children.. While Disney Plus subscribers argue that their platform has more “kid-friendly” content, Disney Plus actually offers only basic parental controls. It’s hard to argue that a streaming service is more “kid-friendly”
when there is less control over restricting content.
Disney Plus fans also argue that Netflix is not worth the expense and the platform may grow to be expensive. Netflix’s plans range from $9 per month to $16 per month. While some see it as costly, keep in mind that Netflix also offers much more content compared to Disney Plus. The argument that Netflix is king, (or hey, queen), is as strong as the ratings on its original series like The Crown. While Disney Plus is a fair competitor, Netflix, at least in 2020, seems to be the more preferable streaming service.