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Disney +

Logo of the service (© Disney)

Disney + (spoken Disney Plus) is an American video-on-demand and over-the-top online video library service from the Walt Disney Company. The service is one of the largest and most popular streaming platforms worldwide and has over 100 million users.[1] Mainly series and films from Walt Disney Studios and Walt Disney Television with the subject areas are offered Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Starwars, National Geographic and star.[2] Original films and TV series are also distributed through Disney +. Disney + was launched in the USA on November 12, 2019, and was also available in Germany from March 24, 2021.

List of streaming offers on Disney +

History [edit]

Disney already had a streaming service called it in the UK at the end of 2015 Disneylife started to test the market. The group already had shares in Hulu, another service, and now wanted to get into the growing business. Over the next few years, Disney laid the foundations for a new service by acquiring a majority stake in BamTech. On November 8, 2018, the then CEO Bob Iger finally announced that the new service would be called "Disney +" and start at the end of 2019; the date was later changed to November 12, 2019. Two months before the actual launch, i.e. on September 12, 2019, a first beta version was then available free of charge in the Netherlands, which could be downloaded as an app. It turned out, among other things, that the service will also offer a lot of bonus materials or other offers such as classic cartoons and that it will be possible to download films in three quality levels.[3]. The beta was taken offline again with the start of the correct service.

So on November 12, 2019, Disney + launched in the USA, Canada and the Netherlands. Just one day after its launch, on November 13th, Disney announced that the service already had more than 10 million users.[4] After the launch, there were a few problems logging in and accessing content, but most of them were quickly resolved.[5] In addition, several thousand accounts were hacked and data put up for sale on the Dark Net.[6] Still, the ministry continued to grow rapidly. The service was available in more and more countries, in early February 2020, in connection with the publication of the quarterly figures, Disney announced that it had more than 28 million Disney + subscribers.[7]

However, the really big leap did not take place until the following months. Because on March 24, 2020 Disney + was also put online in many European countries, including Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Despite initial difficulties, some of which were related to the heavy Internet load due to the Covid-19 pandemic (the bit rate was lower and in France the service only went online on April 7th to protect the network[8]) the service quickly became very successful. In March 2021, just 16 months after its launch in the US and a year after its launch in most European countries, Disney + announced that it had broken the 100 million subscriber mark.[1] In the previous months, Disney had announced that it would generally concentrate more on streaming offers, so Disney + will also, or above all, have an important position in the Walt Disney Company in the future.

Offer [edit]

→ See also the main article List of streaming offers on Disney +

Disney + offers thousands of series, films and TV episodes. It is based on the numerous productions in the history of Disney; in fact, the service is intended to make the entirety of the Disney films available. However, some films and other material such as songs have been left out for various reasons, so this is the masterpieceMake Mine Music not available due to adult scenes. In addition to Disney's “own” films, the group also secured the distribution rights to numerous other productions. This is the case, among other things, with series that now belong to Disney, but were originally independent and were added for the sake of completeness. For example, the first six films by Starwars available on Disney +, although unrelated to Disney. Initially, Disney + had focused more on family-oriented entertainment, with the channel going into operation star However, the distribution of productions aimed at older audiences has also been simplified. Disney + also has some original series that are only available on the service. So were the hit streaks The Mandalorian from the Star Wars universe or WandaVision produced by Marvel especially for the service.

Censorship / cutting report [edit]

Since some of the old Disney films no longer correspond to today's zeitgeist and, for example, contain strong racist stereotypes, the following warning is always displayed at the beginning of the films in question to draw the audience's attention to this:

“This program contains negative depictions and / or incorrect treatment of people or cultures. These stereotypes were wrong then and still are today. "

However, the group did not stop at the warning. In early 2021, films like Dumbo or Peter Pan Removed from child profiles due to racist stereotypes[9]. In addition, some films have been censored. So in Splash Nudity covered in Bullwhip Griffin racial slurs removed or in Santa's workshop a “stereotypical black” doll retouched.[10] The film Uncle Remus' Wonderland should never be seen on the service because of the glorifying and outdated depiction of slavery.

Costs [edit]

As of February 23, 2021, the cost of the streaming service has been € 8.99 per month and € 89.99 per year.[2] In addition, Disney + will be expanded to include the Star area, which will offer a lot of additional content aimed exclusively at a more adult audience.

In addition, you can get VIP access to certain content with a one-time payment of € 21.99. So far, the real-life version of Mulan which, however, has been made available free of charge since December 4th, 2020. From March 5th, 2021 the new Disney animated film Raya and the last dragon can be purchased via VIP access.[11]

Reception [edit]

The start of Disney + and the offerings were judged rather poorly by critics. In the FAZ, for example, the group wanted to further increase its global market power with Disney + and "advance its integration of production, sales and exploitation into the unprecedented."[12], while Moviepilot criticizes Disney + heralding the end of paradisiacal conditions on the streaming market, as the service, with its quasi-pure Disney offer, is based on exclusivity and exclusion - customers would now have to subscribe to several services in order to get the whole offer.[13] But the service is also sometimes strongly criticized by fans. The reasons for this are, for example, the censorship and editing of the films. Nevertheless, the service is extremely successful and has seen a strong increase in users. In March 2021, Disney + announced that it had broken the 100 million user mark[1] and after just a few months it is already one of the largest streaming services in the world.

Device support [edit]

Disney + is available for most common devices and operating systems, both on the television (Amazon Fire TV, Android TV devices, Apple TV, Chromecast, LG TVs, Samsung, MagentaTV Stick) and on the computer (Chrome operating system, MacOS , Windows PC), as well as on mobile devices (Amazon Fire tablet, Android phones and tablets, iPhone and iPad) and even on game consoles (PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S).[2]

Disney + Originals [edit]

The streaming service also attracts with some exclusive films and series:


Short films:


Documentaries and shows:

Star offers:

Disney films [edit]

The following films are available at Disney +: see the list of streaming offers at Disney +

Disney series

The following series are available at Disney +: see the list of streaming offers at Disney +

Upcoming title of the month

The following titles are to appear on Disney + in Germany for May 2021:[1]

Star Originals

More series for Star

Films at Star

Disney + Originals

More series at Disney +

National Geographic

The following titles are to appear on Disney + in Germany for June 2021:[2]

Star Originals

More series for Star

Films at Star

Disney + Originals


More movies at Disney +

National Geographic

Future titles [edit]

The following titles are planned for Disney + in the future:

More [edit]

The continuation of the series "Lizzy McGurie" did not materialize due to creative differences. Test episodes could not convince the Disney group of a complete implementation.

Web links [edit]