Disney Review
December 11, 2018 / Hollie Shuttlewood
Disney Review
December 11, 2018 / Hollie Shuttlewood
Disney Review
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Intro
Disney+ is the official streaming service of the Walt Disney Company. It debuted in the U.S, Canada and the Netherlands in November 2019, and is expected to compete with Netflix and Amazon Prime to become one of the leading streaming services. The Disney+ library contains new releases, classics, and exclusive Disney+ originals from a range of Walt Disney Company divisions, including: Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic.
Best For
Accessing all the best content the Walt Disney Company has to offer.
Pros
The only official place for Disney content
Complete Star Wars and Marvel libraries
Bundle with Hulu and ESPN+ for a few extra dollars
Cons
No live channels
No non-Disney content (if that wasn’t already obvious)
Networks You Can Watch with Disney+
The Walt Disney Company is obviously best known for the Disney brand name, which is responsible for classic films and theme parks loved the world over. But the company is actually much more than that, and over the years it has acquired dozens of popular networks covering everything from action films to nature documentaries to sports to the Star Wars franchise.
Disney+ gives users access to content from the following Walt Disney Company networks:
  • Disney
  • Pixar
  • Marvel
  • Star Wars
  • National Geographic
  • Hulu (with bundle subscription)
  • ESPN+ (with bundle subscription)
Top Programs on Disney+
In its first year, Disney+ says it will premiere 30 original series and 15 movies and specials, while also providing on-demand access to a treasure trove of 7,500 TV episodes and 500+ films. Honestly, there’s no easy way of listing the top Disney films and programs without missing out on thousands more that are known and loved around the world.
Just in case you’re expecting it, here is a very brief list of selected Disney+ content:
Massive library of Disney films, from old classics like Cinderella and Pinocchio to more-recent classics like The Little Mermaid and Lion King through to recent hits like Frozen.
Complete set of Star Wars films, from the original 1977 film through to the films released since 2015 when Walt Disney Studios acquired the franchise.
Complete set of Marvel films, including the entire set of The Avengers films, entire set of Thor, entire set of Spider-Man, Black Panther, Deadpool & Deadpool 2, and more
Complete set of Pixar films, including the entire sets of Toy Story and The Incredibles Vast library of National Geographic specials and documentaries.
Package Monthly Price Includes
Disney+ $6.99 Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, Nat Geo
Disney Bundle $12.99 Disney+ with Hulu and ESPN+
Disney+ comes in two convenient packages: Disney+ and a bundle which also includes Hulu and ESPN+ for about the equivalent of a Netflix subscription. Users can earn themselves a 10% discount by paying the full year upfront. Subscriptions may be cancelled at any time. Each subscription can be used on up to 4 simultaneous devices at once. Shows can be streamed or downloaded for later viewing.
How it Works: Hardware and Devices
In the leadup to the November 2019 launch, Disney signed global distribution agreements with the likes of Apple, Google, Microsoft, Roku, Sony, Amazon, Samsung, and LG. This means its service can be streamed on the following devices:
  • Roku boxes, sticks, and TVs
  • Apple TV
  • iOS (iPhone and iPad)
  • Android phones, tablets, and TVs
  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Samsung smart TVs
  • LG smart TVs
  • Xbox One
  • PlayStation 4
Customer service
For customer queries, the best way to contact HBO is by calling toll-free number 1-855-942-6660 (1-855-9-HBO-NOW). Alternatives are to use the direct contact form on the HBO Now website or to Tweet out to @HBONowHelp. Like any big cable TV network, customer feedback for HBO is mixed,m with billing issues being among the most common complaints. Fortunately, HBO Now customers get a separate, dedicated phone line they can call for issues related purely to TV streaming and not connected to HBO’s cable service.
Summary
It was a long time coming, but finally HBO fans have a streaming service where they can access all of HBO’s hit TV series, films, and specials through the one app and without having to subscribe to cable TV. With HBO Now, subscribers get an over-the-top streaming service that brings you all HBO programming on demand: from TV shows such as Game of Thrones, The Wire, and The Sopranos, to hundreds of award-winning films. The service doesn’t require any hardware installations. All it needs is a phone, tablet, or computer or, if you’d like to stream to your TV, a connection to a casting service such as Chromecast or AppleTV.
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