Disney+ a fine investment for hardcore fans

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Despite technical hiccups and security concerns, Disney’s new streaming service has amassed over 10 million subscribers.

Hannah Boucher | Staff Writer

11/20/19

With finals week approaching quickly, students must resist a new temptation— Disney+. It has been a little over a week since the media behemoth, Disney, launched its brand new streaming service.

Nostalgic fans of old Disney Channel originals or classic films that have quite some time in the infamous vault have been streaming non-stop since Nov. 12 — myself included.

While the company failed to anticipate the insane demand for its new service upon its launch in the United States, after resolving a few hiccups, Disney+ has not disappointed. As promised, the content available to customers spans over many decades, going back to the animated short that started it all, Steamboat Willie. There are still some missing shows and films, but Disney has informed customers that within the year, more content will be added.

Among this extensive catalogue of entertainment are new original shows. Personally, I have not had the opportunity to sample all of these originals. I did, however, skip around the first episode of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series — definitely not my favorite.

While I see the appeal of this show with younger audiences, the series has failed to captivate audiences of an older generation— the one that grew up with High School Musical. The only benefit of this show is that younger children today may decide to look back and enjoy the original film, creating a new fanbase for the Disney Channel classic.

This just proves that so much of what Disney puts out is timeless. The quality of what they produce is impressive, no matter what era it’s from— another great reason to invest in this brand new streaming service.

As many know, an additional bonus of the service is the inclusion of some 20th Century Fox content, including The Simpsons, Never Been Kissed and 10 Things I Hate About You. This provides adults with more mature content and adds more variety for the viewers overall.

The wide range of shows and movies available to stream means that audiences of all ages will be able to find something that they enjoy.

Although Disney+ has successfully provided the general public — well, anyone willing to pay the $6.99 a month— with everything they could have ever wanted, it definitely has proven itself to be quite distracting. This is probably due to my horrible lack of self-control when it comes to Disney. A fair warning to anyone considering paying for this service— prepare to become addicted.

In all seriousness though, Disney+ is a great investment for someone who wants access to all sorts of Disney content. While not everything available is shown on the home page, the search feature may introduce you to shows or movies you may have never even heard of.

Disney also offers a deal that includes Hulu and ESPN+ for $12.99 a month. Each account is allowed up to four devices at a time, meaning that students can even split the cost amongst each other to save money.

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