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Disney+ vs. Netflix April 2021: Which is better?
It's the battle of the streaming giants as old takes on new to see which is the best online video-on-demand service.
Despite the hold Netflix has had on the streaming market, the release of a host of big-named services are giving it a run for its money. Will a giant like Disney+ be able to compete with Netflix? Is it good enough to make loyal Netflix customers give up their subscriptions, or would adding Disney+ simply bring more to the table?
Disney+ vs. Netflix compared
|Features||Disney+||Netflix Basic||Netflix Standard||Netflix Premium|
|Release date||12 November 19||14 April 98||14 April 98||14 April 98|
|Available Movies and TV shows||800+||3700+||3700+||3700+|
|Can watch offline?||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Devices||PC, iOS, Android, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire, ChromeCast, PS4, XBOX One, Windows 10, Smart TVs (LG, Samsung)||PC, Mac, iOS, Android, Windows Phone, PS4, Xbox One, Apple TV, Fetch TV, ChromeCast, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Smart TVs (LG, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, Sony)||PC, Mac, iOS, Android, Windows Phone, PS4, Xbox One, Apple TV, Fetch TV, ChromeCast, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Smart TVs (LG, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, Sony)||PC, Mac, iOS, Android, Windows Phone, PS4, Xbox One, Apple TV, Fetch TV, ChromeCast, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Smart TVs (LG, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, Sony)|
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While both services use to offer a free trial Disney+ removed its offer in June 2020, while Netflix canned its own in October 2020.
Compare Disney+ and Netflix prices
Disney+ offers 4K content in its single price and Netflix only offers it in its premium tier to make the two comparable. Disney+ is priced much lower at $7.99 a month compared to Netflix’s premium package at $17.99 monthly. But Netflix offers far more content, and not all Disney content is available in 4K.
Netflix’s $8.99 monthly subscription loses the HD option, and to get HD on Netflix’s Standard package means you’ll pay the price of almost two Disney+ subscriptions. Disney+ has priced itself well, offering the premium features at less than Netflix’s most basic subscription package.
On the flipside, Disney offers a bundle deal with ESPN+ and an ad-supported Hulu subscription for $13.99 that almost triples the access to content for the same price as Netflix’s Standard tier. An October 2020 price rise does Netflix no favors when comparing its price to Disney+.
Compare Disney+ and Netflix content
Disney+ hit the ground running with over 1100 movies and TV shows available almost one year after launch, but it still lags behind Netflix. In all fairness, the coronavirus pandemic hasn’t helped Disney+ at all with delays to several of its big planned releases like Falcon and The Winter Soldier.
The Mandalorian, a new live-action Star Wars series, is easily the biggest draw for Disney+ to date. Outside of The Mandalorian, broadway musical Hamilton has been its next biggest drawcard and 31 seasons of The Simpsons has also helped.
Another point for Disney+ is its focus on family-friendly content. So, while multiple generations can enjoy titles like Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Wars and Marvel’s Avengers, Hulu can present more adult-focused selections.
On the other hand, Netflix is pumping out original content like there’s no tomorrow, combined with its thousands of licensed TV shows and movies. Much of that original content is mature or even adult, ensuring Netflix will continue to have the more diverse program lineup.
With that being said, Netflix wasn’t immune to the pandemic either. The streamer has cancelled multiple popular originals like Ozark, The Society, Glow, Altered Carbon and I am Not Okay With This citing cost as a factor which led to a price rise in October.
And that’s one more advantage that Disney+ has over Netflix. Because Disney owns all of its content and is built on established brands, even if a series is cancelled it won’t disappear from the face of the earth. So while Netflix has created some brilliant shows, once they’re canceled, storylines rarely reappear.
Which has better streaming features?
Netflix has been slowly tweaking its UI and standardizing what TV streaming fans expect from the service — but evolution has been slow. The content library is large enough that it’s easy to feel lost when navigating it. While finding content remains a nightmare in Netflix, Disney+ has the benefit of a more condensed selection.
The Disney+ interface is more stripped back. It groups its content into five groups: Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic. It also has a Kids Mode to help further define programming.
Otherwise, the horizontal scrolling design allows you to dive deeper into movies, documentaries, TV or genres. Films that you have downloaded to watch while on the move are saved in their own little spot as well. It’s nothing massively better than Netflix, but Disney+ is certainly on par.
Compare the devices that support Disney+ and Netflix
Both Netflix and Disney+ content is available on almost every device. But since Netflix has been around so long, it’s still compatible with devices like TiVo and Boxee Box, unlike Disney+.
Verdict: Disney+ vs. Netflix
Both Disney+ and Netflix offer compelling TV streaming options. For adult viewers looking for consistent, original and mature content plus a broad selection, Netflix continues to hold the top spot. But for families and those who like to revisit the childhood classics, Disney+ takes the honor.
But where Disney+ comes in at a close second is its low price. Add in the bundle with Hulu and ESPN+ for cheaper than you can watch Netflix in HD and we give it a slight edge.
Still can’t decide? Opt for both services to test-drive them and you’ll likely have little overlap in content. But when deciding on any streaming service, compare other providers to find the right fit.
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