In case you missed it, Disney is launching its own streaming service, Disney+, to rival Hulu, Netflix and the countless other streaming services that are out there. And since Disney+ is launching on Nov. 12, it’s really time we take a critical look at what we, as college students, stand to gain from subscribing.
At this point, we all know that no one actually pays for a Netflix subscription (if you’re reading this and you are the one that pays for the subscription I am sorry, but you are the most important person in American society today), opting instead to login to our friends’ and family members’ accounts to avoid paying a monthly fee. Disney+ has a low cost that could change the game, though.
Disney+ initial cost will be a meager $6.99 per month, compared to Netflix’s $8.99 basic plan and Prime Video’s $12.99. Hulu’s basic plan does come in at only $5.99 per month, which is impressive and a surprise to me, since I also don’t pay for the Hulu plan I use.
However, despite Disney+’s low monthly cost, it’s actually quite expensive on a per-title basis. While Netflix, Hulu and Prime Video each boast upwards of 1,000 movies and 1,000 TV shows, Disney+ will feature just 426 movies and 184 TV shows at launch, according to Comparitech.
So, this brings up the age-old question: Is it worth asking the person who pays for all my streaming subscriptions to add another charge to their card?
And the true answer is, of course, that’s something you have to decide for yourself. If you can picture yourself crying into a bowl of ice cream while you watch Disney movies for 40 hours straight after you fail all your midterms, then yes, absolutely, of course, Disney+ is going to be your best friend.
But if you just want to watch Frozen one time while winter envelops campus, I think I’d suggest just hitting up your nearest Redbox.
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