Disney+: the newest subscription craze

Morgan Pierce, Editor


Just over 90 years ago, Philo Taylor Farnsworth invented a life-altering image transmitting and broadcasting machine: the television. The television began as a huge, box-like machine that portrayed black and white images. Now, almost a century later, it has developed into a sleeker, thinner and wider machine that portrays high-definition, realistic and colorful images. Along with this development, there have been increasing amounts of movies, shows, channels and streaming programs made available to society.

According to a Nielsen Holdings report, adults watch an average of about five hours of television per day in the United States alone, averaging around 35 hours per week. While younger people watch about 15 hours less than adults, the television intake in the United States is exorbitant.

This level of excessive viewing has led to an increased demand for a variety of motion pictures, which would explain the release of new streaming programs; from Hulu to Netflix to Amazon Prime Video, the choices are endless. On Nov. 12, 2019 the multinational mass media and entertainment company, The Walt Disney Company, jumped on the bandwagon and released a streaming program called Disney+. Within the first day Disney+ was released, Disney announced they had signed up 10 million subscribers to their streaming services and according to CNBC, Disney had “signed up more customers in one day than HBO Now, CBS All Access + Showtime, ESPN+, DAZN and Crunchyroll have signed up in the entirety of their existences.”

Disney+ is a paid subscription ($6.99 per month or $69.99 per year) that allows subscribers to view select movies, documentaries and television shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic. Disney+ also offers a bundle package that costs $12.99 that includes subscriptions to Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+. The subscription to Disney+ also allows for up to four people to watch on the same account at the same time.

While simply keeping the subscription to “Disney media” may seem limiting, the Disney+ subscription offers contains over 500 movies and 12 TV shows (75,000 episodes). The entertainment offered by Disney+ not only ranges over the commonly associated princesses and Mickey Mouse, but also extends to the beloved Marvel and Star Wars media, while also offering original films such as a novel twist on Santa Claus in the movie, “Noelle,” and a new show, “The Mandalorian,” which is set in the Star Wars universe.

Disney+ offers a vast array of media that appeals to both children and adults. With the bundle, it also allows for people with previous subscriptions to have the opportunity to join onto another program without too much of an additional cost. Disney+ also allows for a seven-day free trial, allowing viewers to have seven days to decide whether the subscription is worth it to them- making this program easily top notch.

Disney+ allows viewers to view beloved Disney originals as well as a vast assortment of newly cherished films and shows. Their free trial allows viewers to have their own say in whether the subscription is worth it, and with the cheap prices and over 10 million subscribers, it seems like people are easing on the side of support for the program—potentially leading to even more growth in the future.