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Disney+ vs. Netflix September 2020: 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|
|Free trial||7 days||1 month||1 month||1 month|
|Release date||12 November 19||14 April 98||14 April 98||14 April 98|
|Available Movies and TV shows||600+||4200+||4200+||4200+|
|Can watch offline?||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Devices||PC, iOS, Android, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire, ChromeCast, PS4, XBO, 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, Vodafone TV, Telstra TV, Smart TVs (LG, Hisense, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, Sony)||PC, Mac, iOS, Android, Windows Phone, PS4, Xbox One, Apple TV, Fetch TV, ChromeCast, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Vodafone TV, Telstra TV, Smart TVs (LG, Hisense, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, Sony)||PC, Mac, iOS, Android, Windows Phone, PS4, Xbox One, Apple TV, Fetch TV, ChromeCast, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Vodafone TV, Telstra TV, Smart TVs (LG, Hisense, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, Sony)|
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Compare Disney+ and Netflix prices
Because Disney+ offers 4K content in its price, and Netflix only offers it in its premium tier, we’ll compare the two. Disney+ is much lower at $6.99 a month compared to Netflix’s premium package at $15.99 a month. But Netflix offers far less content, and not all Disney content is available in 4K. Going down to Netflix’s $8.99 a month subscription loses the HD option.
Disney+ has priced itself well, offering the premium features at Netflix’s most basic subscription package. Disney has pooled its resources offering a bundle deal with ESPN+ and an ad-supported Hulu subscription for $12.99. That almost triples the access to content for the same price as Netflix’s Standard tier.
Compare Disney+ and Netflix content
Disney+ is hitting the ground running with over 600 movies and TV shows available at launch, this includes new and old content. And 2020 saw even more titles added.
Disney+ content focuses on family-friendly content that both kids and adults can enjoy together. It also has its hand in niche content, like The Mandalorian, a new live-action Star Wars series, is a huge draw to Disney+. Along with shows like The World According to Jeff Goldblum and High School Musical TV.
Netflix, on the other hand, is pumping out original content, focusing on adult content, pairing with rotating blockbuster movies and hit shows.
Compare the devices that support Disney+ and Netflix
Netflix content is available on just about every device, and because it’s been around so long, it’s still compatible with devices like TiVo and Boxee Box.
And the list of devices that support Disney+ is long. It’s likely you’ll find a way to watch your favorite Disney+ content at home, though some wider TV support and AirPlay compatibility would help.
Let’s see if Disney can manage the upkeep on so many different platforms — and the inevitable OS updates and bugs — this early in the Disney+ life.
Verdict: Disney+ vs. Netflix
Both Disney+ and Netflix offer compelling TV streaming. For adult viewers looking for consistent, original and mature content, Netflix continues to be the best option.
But for families and those who like to revisit childhood movies, Disney+ is the pick. And in a world of choices, you can always opt for both services and you likely will have little overlap in content.
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