The different worlds of Disney+ and Netflix

Barbara Lunsford, Copy Editor

Netflix has become an important addition to the lives of people all across the world, gaining a notable following of over 140 million subscribers. They have had little competition from other services, like Amazon Prime and Hulu, at least up until recently. Disney Plus is the newest streaming service available everywhere, offering exclusive content that is otherwise expensive to purchase, as well as a new level of competition. Disney Plus launched on November 12 of this year.
In this last month, people were quick to scramble to the new service, desperate to be reunited with their favorite childhood classics as well as exclusive content only available on Disney Plus. The price of $5.99 per month compared to Netflix’s $8.99 per month drew instant attention. However, there are some reasons behind the price difference, one being Netflix outnumbering Disney Plus with the amount of content available to subscribers.
In this short amount of time, Disney Plus has already grasped a following of 10 million. It is an app to instantly bring back memories from one’s childhood, as it is loaded with major titles like The Little Mermaid and The Lion King, as well as everything in between. This is one of the main motivations of those who ran for their credit cards as soon as the app released.
There are mixed opinions as to whether or not Disney Plus really tops the original streaming service that Netflix is. “Star Wars is the only reason to [buy] it,” Diego Lazaro, a senior at Joliet West, remarks, “Netflix is better.” Such has been a theme with fans of classic Disney movies.
Movies like Star Wars and Cinderella are hard to find online and expensive to actually purchase and rent on their own. This is where Disney Plus comes in, offering, yes, less content than Netflix, but classic films that have had a major impact on the cinematic industry. Netflix offers enjoyable shows like Friends, but this is scheduled to be removed on January 1 of 2020. They used to also offer iconic movies like Mean Girls and 10 Things I Hate About You, but both have been removed.
At the end of the day, the best service will differ from person to person. What matters is what one enjoys watching and what kind of content they would like to have available to them. The future of Disney Plus and what additions may come will be highly anticipated.