With the exception of HBO Go, Hulu and Amazon Prime Video, Netflix has not had serious competition to shake its leadership in the streaming of series and movies. However, the arrival of new competitors begins to threaten its supremaca. What is better prepared to challenge it? We face Disney Plus vs. Apple TV Plus, two of the most anticipated services of 2019.
Available since November 2019, Apple TV Plus and Disney Plus feature original programming and exclusive content in an effort to compete with everyone. We will analyze how Disney Plus vs Apple TV Plus compare in all its features and if you should consider any to replace your current service streaming.
Apple's strategy is to reduce the price of all other streaming players. And, in line with the commitment to simplify things, Apple TV Plus only has one subscription plan: $ 5 per month for the entire service. Anyway, you can previously access a free seven-day trial.
Your monthly plan allows you to share your account with up to six family members simultaneously. Interestingly, Apple is harnessing its hardware strength to boost Apple TV Plus subscriptions. If you bought a new iPhone, Mac, iPad or Apple TV after September 10, 2019, you will get a year of free Apple TV Plus.
Disney Plus uses the same all-inclusive strategy, but it is a bit more expensive: $ 7 per month or $ 70 per year. For that fee, you get the complete catalog, four simultaneous transmissions and up to seven user profiles. Disney Plus also offers a free seven-day trial, and you can save $ 5 per month by taking advantage of Disney's combined offer with ESPN Plus and Hulu.
With $ 4 dollars less per month than Netflix's cheapest plan and up to $ 2 dollars less than Disney Plus, Apple TV Plus is the cheapest option for all three services. However, that does not mean that it is the best. If you look at what you can get, Apple TV Plus is far behind.
Apple has got big names for the Apple TV Plus programming grid, with consecrated ones like Oprah, Steven Spielberg and JJ Abrams. Series like See and The morning show They have casts full of stars, which have nothing to envy to the best Hollywood productions, even in terms of budget.
Unfortunately, the number of original Apple TV Plus series is meager and The morning show He has received warm critics. Worse, it does not offer an additional catalog. With Apple TV Plus, you get the original series and nothing else. Even if Apple is able to match the level of production and quality with its upcoming shows, it will need more than that to keep its customers satisfied.
With this background, intuit that Disney Plus has an advantage. It has a large catalog of movies and TV shows from Disney, Pixar, Lucasfilm and Marvel Studios. Among others, are some of the most popular titles of all time, such as Star Wars, Toy Story and Avengers franchises. The original Disney Plus series, which began with The Mandalorian, from the Star Wars universe, they are quite promising.
In total, there are more than 600 movies and TV shows on Disney Plus. Apple TV Plus has nine, although more will arrive in the coming months. Clearly the balance is unbalanced. If you are looking for an alternative to replace Netflix or the service of streaming Nowadays, Disney Plus is the most obvious path.
Disney Plus subscribers can access through iOS, Apple TV (tvOS), Google Chromecast, Android, Android TV, PlayStation 4, Roku, Xbox One, Amazon Fire TV and LG and Samsung smart TVs. If your device is equipped with AirPlay 2 or the Apple TV application, you can also use it to watch Disney Plus.
According to Apple, ?if you have an iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple TV, you already have the Apple TV application,? which is the simplest way to access Apple TV Plus. However, to subscribe to Apple TV Plus you must have the latest versions of its operating systems: iOS 12.3 or later, tvOS 12.3 or later and MacOS Catalina.
Beyond Apple devices, Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Samsung smart TVs are compatible with the Apple TV application, while you can use AirPlay 2 to get Apple TV Plus on other hardware.
Disney Plus also supports a wider variety of devices, including Chromecast, PlayStation and Xbox, all major absences from the Apple line.
User experience, audio and video
The Apple TV application is home to Apple TV Plus or any other service of streaming to which you subscribe. As it is usually with Apple, its interface has a logical design for easy navigation, either on an iPhone or on a 65-inch 4K TV.
All Apple TV Plus content appears in the relevant categories, and you can add titles as favorites, start watching on one device and continue on another, and get recommendations according to your tastes. Some of Apple's original productions are available on compatible devices in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos sound. Apple TV Plus looks and sounds great, especially on a large screen with a dedicated sound bar or home theater speakers.
Disney Plus does not want to be left behind. It also offers content in 4K, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos in titles and selected devices that can support these formats. That includes almost all new TV shows and movies, as well as some older classics, such as the original Star Wars triloga, which is available in 4K for the first time on Disney Plus. However, much of the older Disney Plus content is only available in lower resolutions.
Unlike Apple TV Plus, you can experience Disney Plus in a variety of user contexts. It is possible to download and use a Disney Plus application for platforms such as iOS or Android. If you are subscribed to Hulu, you can see Disney Plus content within the Hulu app, even if you lose 4K features. As if that were not enough, Disney Plus is also compatible with the Apple TV application.
We believe that the greater variety of user experiences gives Disney Plus an advantage, although the different alternatives can be a bit confusing. If you are not sure which interface to use, just stick with the dedicated Disney Plus application, which is available on almost all devices.
He doesn't even step on his heels. Apple is spending a lot of money to bring big names to Apple TV Plus, but it only has a handful of original series and none is a great success. Disney Plus is more expensive (although cheaper than Netflix), but it has a generous and eclectic catalog.
On a technical level, both services impress. And although Apple TV Plus has an advantage since you get it for free for a year if you buy a new Apple device, for now Disney Plus is the service you should opt for.