It’s not surprising that many people are thinking about adding Disney+ to their list of streaming services they’ll be subscribing to; after all, the new outlet has everything Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars related both new and old. But when making budget considerations, there are certain deals consumers should be aware of before they sign up, and they’ll want to make sure their peripheral devices will actually run the app as well. Let’s take a look at the options.
The regular price for Disney+ will be $6.99 per month, which is quite competitive with existing services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video. However, if users choose the full-year option, they’ll receive the lineup for $69.99, which works out to $5.83 per month — not bad! Although there is no free trial option on its own, there are a few ways you can try the service before you start paying.
One way is to have a Fire TV or Fire Tablet from Amazon. Disney worked out a deal with its own competitor to carry the Disney+ service on Fire devices, including a 7-day free trial. Users of any Amazon device with Alexa built in can also say, “Alexa, open Disney Plus,” to bring up the channel on their connected devices. Verizon on the other hand will offer a year of Disney+ service for free for new customers who purchase Verizon Unlimited in any form or sign up for Fios. However, for those hoping that existing Fios or 5G Home accounts would receive the freebie, the incentive is unfortunately available for new signups only.
Of all of the new streaming services with launches on the horizon, Disney+ appears to have the largest slate of existing content with a purported 7500 television episodes and 500 film titles available at its November 12 debut. Users will be able to create up to 7 profiles with avatars featuring familiar faces from Disney’s many brands, and subscribers can use the service across 10 compatible devices with up to four concurrent screens per account. This will allow the whole family to enjoy Disney+ at a level Netflix charges extra for.
In the end, each television-viewing family will have to decide for themselves whether Disney+ has the content and the price point that justifies adding an additional monthly expense to the entertainment budget. Between the massive fanbases that already enjoy Disney, Marvel, Star Wars, and even Pixar and National Geographic content, Disney+ definitely has a leg up on the competition.
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