There are dozens of new streaming services. So far, their debuts have been greeted with rolling eyes. Viewers might wonder what favorite shows or movies are now leaving Netflix to shut it down in some fenced-in service garden. But the hype around Disney + was a little different when it launched two years ago today, mostly because it started with a large library of well-loved content, most of which had never been available on streaming before. Add some exciting new shows from famous franchises and 116 million subscribers and it is safe to say that Disney + has become a must-have channel for your streaming lineup.
Disney has always been ahead of the curve when it comes to finding new ways to distribute its content. In 1983, he launched The Disney Channel, a premium network featuring Disney-owned content and other family content. (The channel will later switch to core cable starting in 1990.) Other corporate-specific cable networks, such as Turner Classic Movies and Cartoon Network, will debut only a decade later. Disney was also known for releasing classic animated films in theaters every seven years or so and, when home video became a thing, it would send those same films to “Disney Vault” until that period passed. With the advent of DVD, and later Blu-ray, Disney loosened control over content, making movies available through subscription services such as the Disney Movie Club, and adding free digital copies with every purchase of physical media.
The launch of Disney + promised the end of the Disney vault, with every Disney animated film available for streaming. Well, almost – The song of the south it is not yet available on Disney + due to its racist content, and other shows and movies have been maintained due to licensing restrictions. But it’s still an impressive lineup. If you wanted to take an accelerated course in animation history, Disney + is a good service, home to some of Walt Disney Animation Studio’s earliest films, such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,, Pinocchio i Fantasy, until recent releases like Ralph broke the internet i Frozen II. A variety of shorts are also available at the service, allowing children and adults to view all-time classics such as Steamboat Willie i A brave little tailor.
But while parents were happy to have a streaming service they didn’t have to put on parental lock with their kids, Disney was making a show for seniors with two franchises it had acquired in the previous decade: Marvel and Star Wars. Right behind the gate the company promised fresh content from both, with Mandalorac debuts just weeks after launching the service. With later Marvel Cinematic Universe shows like WandaVision,, Falcon and winter soldier i Loki, Disney could lay claim to having “water cooler” shows, ones that would illuminate social media and hopefully win several awards in the process. Although the company has not been fully successful in the latter category and the number of subscribers has stopped, at least it has programs that cause as much excitement as Netflix Stranger Things or Hulu The maid’s story.
So what’s next for Disney +? The service continues to add more programs from its big franchises, with shows like Bob Fett’s book i Hawkeye not far from the horizon. I’ve already talked about how Disney + can make it easier to build a franchise world thanks to the ability to have all of its content in one place, although both Star Wars and Marvel risk growing to the point where audiences may not be able to follow it all. . The new shows and services have definitely benefited from people having a lot of free time in 2020 and 2021 – it will be interesting to see if Disney + can keep its cache as more and more businesses open. After getting mixed results with offering new movies on the “Premier Access” stream for $ 30 per piece, Disney has once again switched to offering movies “only in theaters,” even with a film that provokes divisions like Eternals raising over $ 70 million the first weekend.
The biggest strength of Disney + today is its latest catalog of content, ie shows and movies that are still missing from the service. Some programs have been retained to promote future releases. One simple example I can think of is the Marvel One-Shot Greetings to the king appeared a week or two after publication Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. The short film was the last appearance of the character Trevor Slattery, who will continue to play the role Shang-Chi. Hopefully, this means that other One-Photos will reach Disney + as their characters reappear in Marvel movies.
The same cannot be said, however, for the Hulk, whose film rights are still complicated with Universal, which is making the 2008 film. The amazing Hulk the only MCU movie still missing in Disney + – even with a She-Hulk a series on deck for 2022. But if Marvel could fix things with Sony over the rights to Spider-Man to the point that the new film brings back previous actors and presents older films as part of the multiverse, there’s certainly room to be surprised at Planet Hulk.
Other weird flaws: Disney + has the original animation Aladdin the film and its two directly on the VHS sequel, but not the TV show these two later films booked. At the moment, we don’t know if it’s a question of rights, an indication of future plans, or if someone simply forgot that the show exists. And you can only watch five episodes Mickey Mouse Club right now, from the classic black-and-white period of the 50s and nothing from the relaunch of the 90s that launched the careers of Britney Spears, Christine Aguilera and Justin Timberlake. The service may just keep those in reserve for a potential restart or just something to promote if and when content dries up.
But right now things are strong for Disney +. He has five new MCU shows on the horizon, and is planning a second season Loki. Star Wars has an amazing seven live shows on deck, along with more animated ones The Bad Batch for children. It’s enough to keep subscribers on the hook from week to week and, with its massive latest catalog, those things catapulted Disney + to the highest level of streaming service just two years after launch.
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