In November 2019, a new kid on the block appeared with the potential to challenge the titan of streaming, Netflix. This new contender is Walt Disney’s new streaming service, Disney Plus. Even before it debuted, it has managed to gain nearly two million subscribers showing that there is growth potential with its popularity. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney executives have projected that Disney Plus will have 60 million to 90 million global subscribers by 2024. On the other hand, Netflix currently boasts 158 million subscriptions, and Amazon Prime Video has 100 million subscribers.
The new streaming service by Walt Disney boasts a massive repertoire of shows from various franchises such as Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic. Disney has also been capitalizing on its fame by aggressively promoting its new service and headlining it with brand new series, as well as a chance to watch old nostalgic favorites again. The service also offers unlimited downloads to enhance the viewing experience. Disney fans and the streaming community have been waiting a very long time for this, as the company has been taking years to prepare this platform, so expectations are understandably high.
Unfortunately, when it launched, the high demand caused many users to experience connection difficulties on launch day. Disney was quick to recognize this issue and promised to sort it out as quickly as possible. There is still hope among the fan base that these are just teething issues and that the platform will mature as time goes on. However, as this is such a new content provider, only time will tell if this show of fan support is justified, or if it ends dead in the water.