TechInAfrica – Welcome, Disney+, the new subscription-based streaming service from Disney, which will become homes of more than thousands of movies and animated series produced by the beloved gigantic company, launches today (12/11). Whether it would put Netflix to the backburner or invites for healthy competition with other streaming services is for us to find out, but the loaded traffic has at least prove that people are more than willing to try it out, given the difficulty to register for the service, such as errors spotted by PCmag.com on Xbox, iPhone, and Android.
People living in the US, Canada, and the Netherlands will be granted access to the older collection and the new original content. A collection like the Marvel Cinematic Universe, The Mandalorian and more are examples of the content to enjoy after registration, while the original content will update its episodes regularly on Friday.
Disney also catches up to its competitors by adding Dolby Atmos audio, support for downloading contents up to 10 mobile devices, up to 4 concurrent streams on each account, plus individual profiles so everyone can have their queue.
Sadly, the service won’t launch soon to Africa, at least two years from now. The company is concerned with the potential pirating act, as told by Multichoice to South Africa’s broadcasting regulator, Icasa, which estimates several 2 million people and more viewing the pirated version of its contents in DStv in South Africa. Let’s hope that Disney will reconsider its decision, taking other possibilities into account, and perhaps, they will find a middle ground that allows both the company and the potential subscribers in Africa to feel content.
Entrepreneur.com has concluded a partial list from Disney of what seemed to be approximately 500 films and 7,500 episodes available for binge-watching from now:
- Timeless animated films from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Walt Disney Signature Collection, created or inspired by the imagination and legacy of Walt Disney — including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Beauty and the Beast, Pinocchio, Bambi, The Lion King, Lady and The Tramp, Peter Pan, The Little Mermaid, Cinderella and more.
- Three of the 4 highest-grossing films of all time: Avengers: Endgame, Avatar and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
- Thirty seasons of the 11-time Emmy Award-winning series The Simpsons.
- Hit films from Marvel Studios, including Avengers: Endgame, and Captain America: Civil War, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Captain Marvel, Iron Man, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Iron Man 2, Thor, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: The First Avenger and Ant-Man.
- Thousands of episodes from the hit Disney Channel and Disney Junior series such as The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, Kim Possible, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, PJ Masks, and Jake and the Never Land Pirates along with over 100 Disney Channel Original Movies including Descendants, High School Musical and Camp Rock.
- Eighteen of Pixar Animation Studios’ groundbreaking fan-favorite movies including Wall-E, Up, Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Toy Story, Inside Out and Brave, and all of Pixar’s beloved theatrical shorts such as the Academy Award-winning Bao and Sanjay’s Super Team.
- Over 400 hours of content from National Geographic, including the critically acclaimed and award-winning documentary Free Solo and the streaming debut of the Science Fair.
- All 6 of the original classic Star Wars films released between 1977-1999, besides recent blockbusters Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. By the end of 2020, the entire Skywalker saga will be available on the service.
- Marvel television series from the 1970s to the present day including X-Men, Spider-Man and Marvel’s Runaways.
Source: Entrepreneur.com, Channel24.co.za