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.”
Hotel Del Luna, Frozen 2: Now Playing
Get ready to have a magical adventure this November!
November started pretty magical. Right after Halloween, a lot has happened in the tech scene including the birth of the 108-megapixel monster, the Mi Note 10, and the resurrection of Motorola razr. In the midst of all these momentous launches, our team still found the time to catch up on the latest in pop culture. Here’s what’s Now Playing in GadgetMatch!
Movies to see
MJ: After six years, the most-awaited sequel is here to give us one last magical adventure. Set during the fall season, the film is about the adventures of Queen Elsa and her cohorts, seeking the truth about the past in order to protect the kingdom of Arendelle from a new threat. In between their adventures, we were rewarded with bursts of laughter, heartwarming lines, scenes that made us hold onto our seats, and lessons about change.
Frozen 2 — despite being a film made for kids and kids at heart — is a bit heavy for a Disney movie, with Elsa, Anna, and the rest of the crew enduring an emotional journey. However, the film is a call for us to go out of our comfort zones, head into the unknown, let our guard down, take chances, and risk in the name of love.
Ford v Ferrari
Kevin: The movie revolves around two special individuals — visionary car designer Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and the fearless racer Ken Miles (Christian Bale). It was based on the historic Le Mans race in 1966 and tells the story of how car manufacturer Ford, wanted to beat the dominating cars of Ferrari and succeeded. Of course, with the help of Shelby and Miles.
Damon performed really well portraying his character but Bale completely transformed himself into another person yet again so you really feel the life of his character. Apart from that, another thing that stood out was the film’s sound design and how the cars’ engines roared and zoomed past you as if you were actually there. It’s simply an entertaining piece for all ages and a very refreshing movie about cars and racing without the overload in testosterone.
Luigi: Nothing beats a traditional whodunnit story. This oddjob of a story comes from The Last Jedi’s director, Rian Johnson. Like most mystery stories, everyone is a suspect and everyone is trapped. However, the story’s uniqueness comes from its wit and its stellar cast including a Chris Evans doing very non-Captain America things.
Shows to binge-watch
Hotel Del Luna
MJ: If you’re struggling with moving on, Hotel Del Luna is worth the watch. With themes about letting go, resentment, forgiveness, and love, it’s difficult not to fall in love with the show and its characters. It also has stunning cinematography and captivating soundtrack that would give you a different high even after you watched it. While people are iffy since it’s the talk of the town, this K-drama is definitely worth the hype. It’s one of the best shows I’ve watched this year, hands down.
La Casa De Papel (Money Heist)
Chay: Whether or not you’re a fan of foreign language material or stories about heists, there’s more to love about La Casa de Papel also known as Money Heist on Netflix. It tells many stories — stories of love, hope, inequality, injustice, and friendship. You will fall in love with one or two or three characters from the series. While a robbery sounds so wrong (it is, in fact, very wrong), you will find yourself rooting for the Money Heist squad to succeed.
The End of the F***ing World Season 2
Vincenz: The last season was a cliffhanger, and just like it, there were a lot of unexpected events that happened in the second installment of The End of the F***ing World — including several new characters. The portrayals of Alyssa and James may look apathetic but it’s for us to realize that actions speak louder than words, and there is always a bigger picture behind. I’m not trying to spoil but one thing I learned (that serves as a reminder for everyone): Say what you feel before it’s too late.
Queer Eye: We’re in Japan!
Chay: I grew up watching shows about makeovers — from Clean House to How Do I Look? to Shabby Chic. Queer Eye is basically all those makeover TV series from the 90s combined, and more. Set in Tokyo, the latest season feels like Terrace House meets the Fab 5. Despite the language barrier, the stories of the heroes this season are just as heartwarming and inspiring as their American counterparts.
Chay: Fleabag is a comedy that often breaks the fourth wall to involve the audience in her mishaps. Her character is often perceived by everyone in her life to be up to no good — who fucks up everything — making her very relatable. The entire series is only two seasons long with six episodes each, making it an easy binge when you’re stuck in traffic.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Season 4
MJ: One of my favorites, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow took a magical turn as the heroes — well, they call themselves Legends — save the world from demons and magical creatures. The troop travels through time to fix and destroy these fugitives in order to protect history. It’s time to refresh your memories and binge-watch it before Season 5 begins in January 2020!
Luigi: HBO’s Watchmen was a huge surprise for me. As a fan of the original comic, I initially thought that this sequel series was either a weak adaptation of the original or an unnecessary sequel. Fortunately, Watchmen is a hugely entertaining balance between its own story and fan service. Old fans will delight in the numerous references to comic events. New fans, however, will appreciate the timely story deeply embedded in racial politics and technological progress.
Albums/Songs/Podcasts to listen to
Frozen 2 Original Soundtrack
Chay: Only time will tell if any of the new songs in the Frozen sequel will be a hit like ‘Let it Go’. My favorite in the soundtrack is ‘Lost in the Woods’, mostly because of the cheesy, albeit poignant, sequence in the movie featuring straight white male Kristoff. After belting it all out, Sven, his reindeer best friend, tells him, “Your feelings are real. Feel what you feel. Let your guard down and let your feelings out.” Toxic masculinity, whomstve?
Chay: New York Times’ popular column was recently adapted into an Amazon series and while everyone has been raving about it on my feed, I haven’t had the time to watch a single episode yet. Its podcast counterpart, however, is much easier to access and digest as the episodes are all available on Spotify. Each essay is performed by actors, and the authors also get a few minutes at the end to talk about their stories. Reading Modern Love articles has been my go-to commute companion for a while now, and having a podcast to listen won’t change that anytime soon.
Bomb by AleXa
Vincenz: AleXa is a Korean-American who recently made her debut as a K-Pop soloist. Unlike any other K-Pop song, it heavily relies on electronic sounds and heavy bass. Her powerful dancing performance and vocals add up to the invigorating song. The music video gives me a Cyberpunk 2077 vibe (and even the same feels as 2NE1’s ‘Come Back Home’).
Dumb by BVNDIT
Vincenz: BVNDIT (pronounced as bandit) continues to prove their female dominance with their latest upbeat, Latin pop song. Digging into the lyrics, it talks about a guy being “dumb” for not having the courage to pursue her — and it actually made her numb. Dark red visuals are dominant, which may signify that their love desire is dying. It gets better as their vocals and synchronized choreography continue to scream “power.”
Games to play
Luigi’s Mansion 3
Luigi: I can hear the groans already. “Of course, Luigi is suggesting Luigi’s Mansion 3.” Well, Luigi’s third outing as a ghostbuster is really one of the smoothest Nintendo Switch experiences I’ve had this year. This massive action-puzzle game is right up every Switch user’s alley. If (a) you have a Switch, (b) you need an appetizer before Pokemon Sword and Shield, or (c) you want a polished platformer, grab Luigi’s Mansion 3.
Now Playing is the GadgetMatch team’s favorite games, movies, TV shows, and more each month. If you’re curious to know what we’re into at the moment, this is what you should check out. So grab your popcorn, get some drinks, and enjoy what’s now playing!
Sony WH-XB700 hands-on: Extra bass, extra flex
Great for travels and even OOTDs
Today’s gadgets are no longer just mere products. A lot have found their way to our daily lifestyle so it’s also important that they look good while we use them. And for others who are more trend-sensitive, these devices should blend well with their outfit and even character — all while doing what it’s supposed to do.
When it comes to headphones, Sony wants to offer something that you can bring anywhere during your travels while looking discreet yet fashionable. This is where the WH-XB700 comes into the picture. On paper, it ticks the boxes of what a casual listener is commonly looking for in headphones plus it’s geared towards those who prefer a bit of extra oomph in their bass.
It has a simple and straightforward design
Available in solid blue or black color options
Soft padding on the earcup makes it comfortable
Body is made of plastic so it’s light on the head
Connects wirelessly via Bluetooth or NFC
Built-in microphone for hands-free calls
Comes with 360 Reality Audio
The WH-XB700, among other models in Sony’s audio line, can be paired to your smartphone. And, using the company’s Connect app, you can tweak and customize your sound the way you like it. But as Rodneil mentioned in his WF-1000XM3 review (we know, confusing names), you wouldn’t really end up adjusting your settings that much.
In terms of sound quality, this pair of on-ear headphones deliver clear highs and decent mids. Vocals could be more pronounced but it’s still not bad. The lows, however, are indeed extra punchy. So if you like playing bass-heavy music like house, hip-hop, and the likes, you’d probably enjoy the extra kick in these cans.
Since it’s wireless, it has to connect via Bluetooth which means it has a battery. We’re glad to report that it has a decent battery life that doesn’t require you to keep on looking for sockets just so you could continue to use its wireless capabilities.
I brought it on one of my overseas trips and was able to use it at the airport while waiting to board, during the 4-hour flight, and while walking around for the rest of the entire day with a good amount of juice left when I got back to my hotel.
Charging time is also not bad with up to 90 minutes of music time just from a 10-minute quick charge.
Having the WH-XB700 for a while is basically being able to conveniently listen to your tunes anywhere you go. It doesn’t have the best audio quality in Sony’s lineup but having its flexibility for usage on-the-go sort of outweighs this shortcoming.
They are also light on the head and easy on the ears so fatigue has been kept down to a minimum. You also wouldn’t have to keep on charging it since it could last a few days of moderate usage.
The Sony WH-XB700 currently retails in the Philippines for PhP 7,999 (around US$ 150). It’s not the best wireless headphones we’ve tried on but it’s actually competitively priced for what it offers. Plus, it looks nice and goes well with almost anything you put on.
How to find porn on Facebook
We’re letting you in on a secret
The following is intended for readers 18+
Internet service providers may have blocked porn sites, but social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter haven’t. It’s just a matter of searching the right keywords. Unlike porn sites, they don’t involve the words “sex” and specific genitals. That’s probably why these videos aren’t flagged as porn.
If you’re curious, here’s how to find and report them:
1. Make sure you’re not underage
Since Facebook is not doing its part in censoring such sensitive material, be careful in searching these videos. Wait till you’re in the appropriate age or get parental consent.
2. Log on to Facebook
Whether you’re on the app, on a mobile browser, or when using desktop, just sign in to your Facebook account.
3. Go to Facebook Watch
This is where you can find what we’re talking about. Facebook Watch is the company’s video-on-demand service, tailoring personalized short- and long-form content depending on popularity and engagement. It’s the icon with the play button.
4. Search “Relaxing Music Japan” and “Japan Bus Project”
After searching, you’ll see tons of videos that need to be reported. So far Facebook hasn’t implemented any censorship when it comes to videos like this.
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Starbucks will start banning porn access on its Wi-Fi
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