Disney+ plus may have had a rocky day-one launch, with server congestion causing issues with subscribers not being able to stream titles, but the new platform is already putting up great numbers for the Walt Disney Company. According to the platform’s announcement in November, Disney+ gained over 10M sign-ups in just the first few days, and that number will probably only get bigger over the next few months.
As the new home to all things Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and more, the service launched with one of the largest digital libraries in streaming history. Not only do viewers get thousands of classic Disney live-action and animated movies, but new shows like “The Mandalorian” were instant hits on social media the moment Disney+ launched across the country. Disney+ also launched with commercial-free programming at no extra charge, a feature that puts it on-par with Netflix, and above standard Hulu and YouTube viewing. You can also bundle Disney’s services, like Hulu and ESPN+ with Disney+ for one low rate. If you have a Hulu account already, even one with an ad-free option, you can learn how to bundle them right here on Disney’s help-page. You just have to have Hulu first, and use the same email address when you sign up for Disney+. You will then get a credit for the service.
The new series and movies that helped launch the Disney+ service include “The Mandalorian,” which you can ready my first impressions on, “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,” “The World According to Jeff Goldblum,” “Encore!” and the Disney movies “Lady and the Tramp” and the holiday movie “Noelle” with Anna Kendrick. Fans also get 30 seasons of “The Simpsons,” and while Disney+ converted the old SD episodes to 16:9 formatting (cutting off some of the visual gags) Disney+ is fixing that in the new year. In the future, Disney is bringing “Captain Marvel,” “Avengers: Endgame,” “Aladdin,” “Toy Story 4,” “The Lion King,” “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil,” “Frozen 2,” and “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” to subscribers, so there’s plenty to stream in the first 12 months.
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