It's November 12! That means Disney+ is finally here -- for folks in the United States, Canada, and The Netherlands, to be specific. The newest streaming service on the market will expand to additional markets in 2020, so, for now, availability is pretty limited as far as a global scale is concerned.
Still! The service is here! And that's pretty exciting, right?
There are obviously a lot of streaming services out there, and some of them are better than others depending on what type of content you're looking for. It all comes down to the individual. Some folks will want Showtime more than they want HBO, and vice versa. Or maybe Starz is where you want to throw your monthly allotment for content, or CBS All Access, or Shudder, or whatever else might be out there.
Prices are a bit all over the place, too. Some services cost as little as $5 per month, while others can charge close to $20 per month. Disney+ is $7 per month -- HBO Max, which launches in early 2020, will cost $15 per month. There's a lot to digest when it comes to pricing, especially when you look at available content, but for the most part it all seems okay for the cost.
That's on an individual basis, of course. It really starts to get tedious, and potentially impactful on the wallet, when you start subscribing to a bunch of them at the same time. That's why I try to juggle the services more often than not. I know the shows or the original films I want to watch, and so I'll subscribe, watch them, and then cancel. When another service launches something worth watching I do the same thing.
This is probably crazy for these services' churn ratios and what not, but honestly it's the only way I can say it's at all possible for me to watch the content I want to watch. There's no way I'm going to pay for Showtime, Disney+, Apple TV+, Shudder, HBO Now, Hulu, Netflix, CBS All Access, and whatever else I've probably forgotten I've subscribed to at the same time.
I wanted to cut the cable all those years ago, and now it feels like I'm being tethered by a hundred different services instead.
But Disney+ has always been a day-one subscription for me. When the company announced the service and everything that it would host it was just a no-brainer for me. Plus, I got lucky by being a Verizon customer on a supported unlimited plan which means I get 12 months of Disney+ for free. But I'd be forking over the $7 per month if I had to, because the content available on the service is what I want access to on a regular basis.
Plus, with its huge back catalog and original content, Disney is trying to make a case for actually keeping the service, rather than starting and stopping when it seems appropriate for the viewer.
But Disney+ is new, which means that some folks out there might not be willing to hand over any amount of money just yet. Yeah the back catalog is giant, but the slate of original content is a little thin for now. I can see why some potential subscribers might want to wait to see what else Disney+ brings to the table, and, perhaps most importantly, if any of those original shows or films are any good.
So, I'm curious; is Disney+ a day-one subscription for you, too? Have you already signed up and started using the service? Or are you taking a more wait-and-see approach to Disney's newest endeavor? Let me know!