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5 reasons why Disney+ is better than Netflix (and 1 big reason why it’s not)

Is it really the better option?

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The streaming landscape just got a lot more crowded. At Disney’s D23 Expo earlier today, the entertainment giant shared more official details surrounding its upcoming streaming platform, Disney+. Set for a November launch, the exclusive platform will include the entire Disney movie library, Disney’s latest acquisitions from Fox, and a slate of original movies and series. It’s a great day to be a Disney fan.

As details surface, Disney+ is already positioning itself as a worthy contender against Netflix’s streaming empire. With an exciting archive of content, is it any wonder? Let’s run through the reasons. Here are five ways that Disney+ is better than Netflix (and one big reason why it’s not).

1. An insanely tempting price

Right off the bat, Disney+ has already claimed the most competitive price tag for a streaming service. The platform’s basic plan will cost only US$ 6.99 (approximately PHP 366). Further, Disney is offering a premium ESPN+ and Hulu bundle deal for only US$ 12.99 (approximately PHP 680).

In comparison, Netflix is charging a steeper US$ 8.99 (approximately PHP 469) for the basic bundle. Netflix’s midrange plan costs US$ 12.99 (approximately PHP 680). Finally, the premium plan costs US$ 15.99 (approximately PHP 837).

Objectively, Disney+ is cheaper than most streaming alternatives today. Of course, prices are more than just static numbers. What makes Disney+’s cheaper price worth it (or even better than Netflix’s)?

2. Better device flexibility

Streaming has always worried about rampant account sharing. Most notoriously, Netflix enforces its simultaneous screen limit through its package deals. Its basic plan is compatible with only one screen. From there, the limit increases to two and four screens streaming concurrrently, depending on package.

Disney+ offers a cheaper alternative. Disney+’s basic plan already supports four simultaneous screens — a big win for the family-oriented streaming platform.

3. Sharper resolution

Another common pricing scheme involves the segregation of video quality. Netflix limits its basic plan to standard definition. The premium package, however, ramps it up to UHD resolution.

Again, Disney+ already offers the best available option with its basic plan. At its cheapest, the platform streams in 4K resolution. Similarly, it offers HDR video and Dolby Atmos audio support.

4. 3-in-1 streaming bundles

Disney+’s premium package offers a simultaneous subscription with ESPN+, Disney’s livestreaming platform for sports including basketball, football, and tennis. Similarly, the bundle offers a subscription to Hulu’s ad-supported streaming service. Currently, the separate platform has created timeless originals like The Handmaid’s Tale and Veronica Mars.

On its own, ESPN+ costs US$ 4.99 (approximately PHP 261) per month. Hulu starts at US$ 5.99 (approximately PHP 313) per month.

5. Exciting originals

Naturally, Disney+ is hyping its launch with a slate of much-awaited originals. Since its initial announcement, the platform already has a lot of great titles lined up. For one, Marvel’s upcoming series will stream exclusively on the platform. In fact, D23 announced previously unannounced series: Ms. Marvel, Moon Knight, and She-Hulk.

Further, several Star Wars shows are making their way to Disney+: The Mandalorian, an Obi-Wan Kenobi series, and a Rian Johnson-led trilogy.

Finally, Disney also announced its own properties coming to the platform: a live action The Lady and the Tramp, a High School Musical series, a Lizzie McGuire revival, and a Phineas and Ferb movie.

Disney+ is too good to be true. Unfortunately, it is. With a lot of amazing features, the platform is bound to stumble somewhere. Despite the hype, Disney’s content plan is a big reason why Netflix still beats Disney+.

1. The same old Disney flavor

Before Disney+’s official announcement, Disney already started pulling out its properties from other streaming services. Starting this year, Disney’s blockbusters will stream exclusively on Disney+. For example, the company has claimed streaming ownership over the recently released Toy Story 4 and The Lion King. Upcoming titles like Frozen 2 will also stream exclusively on Disney+.

Coupled with the recently acquired Fox titles, Disney+’s roster is exciting. However, how exciting will it get? Disney is maintaining an iron grip over its content. In comparison, Netflix offers a wider range of titles spanning through romance, horror, action, indie, and comedy. Of course, because of the library’s size, Netflix’s gems are too few and far between. However, Netflix’s wide variety of choice is much more refreshing compared to Disney’s limited options.

Further, Disney’s current hype hinges mostly on nostalgia. Except for Marvel’s entries, Disney’s upcoming slate are either reboots or long-awaited sequels to past properties. Disney’s only “new” exclusives are Noelle and The World According to Jeff Goldblum. Compared to Netflix, Disney+ doesn’t have a powerful headliner yet, one that it can proudly call its own.

Finally, Disney+’s lack of originals points to another underlying problem. What exactly is its mission? Disney already has a robust blockbuster market. Through wide theatrical release, Disney puts out its best content. Naturally, the allure of ticket sales prevents Disney from switching entirely to streaming. As such, Disney+ operates as a streaming repository for past movies. It might also serve as a launch platform for “lesser” films, movies that won’t do well in the box office. For example, The Lady and the Tramp — both the original and its remake — arguably belong to Disney’s bench players, a roster that pales in comparison to The Lion King or Aladdin. Likewise, Lizzy McGuire and Phineas and Ferb belong to the same club. High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, though stemming from a popular title, doesn’t feature the same cast of characters.

On paper, Disney+ is a mammoth contender in the crowded battlefield of streaming. However, Disney’s current content plan fails to show the same amount of gusto as its competitors. Undoubtedly, its launch slate will cause a tsunami of hype. However, the new streaming platform still must prove its chops as its own capable beast. For now, Netflix is still the streaming queen.

Besides, “Netflix and chill” sounds a lot catchier than “Disney+ and chill.”

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The Witcher is getting an anime film on Netflix!

To be created by the animators of Legend of Korra

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Netflix is on a roll lately! For the past week, the streaming service has consistently announced new titles that everyone has been clamoring for. Soon, we’re getting the Studio Ghibli collection and the very first Pokémon film remastered in CGI.

Today, Netflix has announced a quick follow-up to last year’s most iconic debuting show, The Witcher. In partnership with the renowned animators at Studio Mir, The Witcher showrunner Lauren Hissrich will return to the world of the series in a new anime film.

According to an official statement from Netflix, The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf will deal with “a new threat facing the Continent.” However, Hissrich has not confirmed who will star in the new film yet. From a tweet, the showrunner has kept the anime film a secret for over a year now. Presumably, the film will follow the events of the original series. At the very least, it should belong in the same universe.

Likewise, neither Netflix or Hissrich has confirmed the film’s premiere date.

On the production side, partnering animators Studio Mir created the acclaimed Legend of Korra in the past. The studio has also helmed the Netflix original, Voltron: Legendary Defender.

The Witcher follows the adventures of Geralt (Henry Cavill), a superhuman hunter, in a world fraught with monsters and sorcerers. Following its premier late last year, The Witcher quickly ascended the ranks as one of the most watched series on Netflix.

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Spotify’s Disney Hub lets you listen to everything Disney

Make music a part of your world

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You’ve got a friend in me — I mean, in Spotify and Disney. Together, they created a dedicated Disney Hub which includes playlists, soundtracks, and podcasts for Disney fans of all ages.

To find Disney Hub, open your Spotify app and search “Disney.” You might encounter a barrage of suggested playlists, but make sure you click Disney as a genre.

Among the curated playlists, you can find Disney Hits which are comprised of top songs from popular Disney and Pixar films across the world. You can also play Disney Favorites, Disney Classics, and Disney Sing-Alongs featuring nostalgic songs we love.

Speaking of love, Disney has a Disney Princess playlist for those currently in love and obsessed with their crushes. It’s complete with love ballads. Action-oriented fans can also treat themselves with Marvel Music and Best of Star Wars.

As we all know, music is one of the key ingredients why we all love Disney. Music makes every film memorable and magical, and now we can bring the experience to a whole new world. Now, let’s see how far we’ll go into the unknown. Let’s make music a part of our world!

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Netflix will premiere the very first Pokémon movie

But remastered in CGI

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Recently, Studio Ghibli has announced its arrival on Netflix. For the first time, Netflix viewers can finally watch their childhood favorites on the streaming service. In a strange bout of luck, Studio Ghibli isn’t the only childhood hero coming to Netflix.

Announced recently, Netflix will bring the very first Pokémon movie to its platform. Originally titled as Pokémon the Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back, the 1998 film features Ash Ketchum and his beloved Pikachu going against a furious Mewtwo, the strongest Pokémon at the time.

Last year, the original filmmakers announced a remastered version of the original movie. Now dubbed as Mewtwo Strikes Back: EVOLUTION, the film reimagines the same story completely in CGI. The new graphics bring out the world of Pokémon not unlike the efforts of last year’s Detective Pikachu. However, instead of realistic fur and skin, the remastered edition will return to its smoothly rendered roots.

It is this version that Netflix is launching worldwide on February 27, 2020. The date is, of course, no coincidence, especially to the Pokémon fan. February 27 is globally known as Pokémon Day. This is also the first Pokémon movie to premiere on a streaming service immediately.

Currently, Netflix already has a handful of Pokémon content on its service including the current Pokémon Sun and Moon series of shows and films. The platform also has the original first season of the main series, Pokémon: Indigo League.

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