Buying things on a whim has its place. But the way to get the best deal possible is by doing your research. It’s no different when it comes to subscribing to a streaming service. You have to know what’s out there and how much it costs.
For years, Netflix led the charge in the domain of streaming, until Disney plus burst onto the scene. They both offer some great content. But who offers the best price? In this article, we’re going to review the prices of Netflix and Disney Plus, to find out which service provides the best value.
How Much Is the Subscription?
Disney Plus costs $5.99 per month and $69.99 per year in the US –noticeably lower than Netflix’s $8.99 per month Basic plan. But this plan only allows you to stream one SD resolution movie at a time.
The most popular Netflix subscription is their Standard plan at $12.99, which lets you stream two movies at a time in HD resolution, which is much better. If, however, you want to go all out on the best possible plan Netflix can offer, you can go for their four-screen Ultra HD Premium plan, at $15.99. This is probably the top choice for large families that have multiple devices and different tastes.
Clearly, Netflix has adapted its pricing and services to every wallet, but Disney Plus came out prepared. One of the things that helped Disney Plus reach a high number of subscribers in the very first month of release was the Disney Plus bundle.
This pretty unique streaming bundle offers Hulu, Disney+, and ESPN+ subscription at the price of $12.99 per month. You can’t buy a yearly subscription, however, but since the total of having each of the subscriptions is $18 per month, you still get to save some money. Although for now, only those currently residing in the US will be able to purchase the bundle option.
What About the Content?
It’s one thing to talk about pricing, but you have to consider what you get for your money. There’s a reason Disney Plus is cheaper. And it’s not only because it’s new and looking to get more members. It’s because it has less original content.
Sure, nothing can really compare to the extensive movie library that comes with Disney Plus membership, but Netflix has made a significant cultural impact with shows like Stranger Things and Black Mirror. And they’re making excellent strides by producing movies with A-list casts.
That said, Netflix has been around for a while and had time to grow. But Disney Plus is coming on strong with classic content that reminds us all of our childhoods. And not only does The Mandalorian, the Star Wars series, dominate the streaming waves, but there’s more new content to be expected in the future. Accordingly, the price of Disney Plus subscription will most likely rise.
Who Has Better Interface?
This is kind of hard to compare since both are staggeringly similar. You can even say that Disney Plus was inspired by Netflix’s interface. I suppose that comes with the territory, when you’re a trailblazer in the industry. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, isn’t that what they say?
Both streaming services have large windows with all featured content highlighted. In addition, there are the horizontal lists that arrange the content by category. You have new releases, customized recommendations, and much more. Disney Plus does have a few extra buttons to manage the interface, but overall, it’s all pretty similar.
When it comes to which device you can use to stream these two competitive services, things also align. Both Disney Plus and Netflix are available across most streaming devices. Anything that supports the Disney Plus app also supports Netflix.
Where Can You Watch Them?
This is where things get significantly different. Netflix is very much an international streaming service. It’s currently available in around 200 countries across the globe. The only four countries Netflix isn’t available are China, Crimea, North Korea, and Syria.
When Disney Plus launched in November this year, it was only available in the US, Canada, and the Netherlands. Since November 19, citizens of Australia, New Zealand, and Puerto Rico have enjoyed the service. And starting 2020 the UK, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain will be among the first to be able to subscribe and view Disney Plus content.
Is It a Competition?
The phrase “competing prices” exists for a reason. Every company does what it can to market their product as inexpensive in relation to its direct competitor. It’s no different with Disney Plus and Netflix. Even though it’s still more expensive, Netflix has proven it can stand its ground and stay competitive in the market.
On the other hand, Disney Plus comes at a lower price but with a lot of expectations. And it has a full arsenal of almost a century-long tradition to fall back on. They’re both doing well, that’s for sure. Offering more TV shows and movies than a person could watch in their entire lifetime!
What is your take on the price and content of Netflix and Disney Plus? Which way do you lean? Let us know in the comments section below.