Yes, Disney+ is a very interesting platform in many ways. Not only can you enjoy the entire catalog of Disney movies (obviously), the entire Star Wars saga, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), but you can also watch very popular series and movies, including the iconic The Simpsons.
However, Disney Plus remains a streaming platform after all, and they are all going through a transformation process with similar patterns. Since November 1st, there have been two major changes on the platform: the introduction of a subscription plan with ads and the implementation of the infamous restriction on shared accounts (something we’re all too familiar with “thanks” to Netflix).
The introduction of a subscription plan with ads was already known since August when Disney itself announced it in a statement. The ad-supported subscription plan costs 5.99 euros per month, and unlike Netflix’s counterpart plan, users can enjoy the complete catalog and the same benefits as the standard plan, only with ads in between.
This subscription plan will coexist with the other two Disney+ plans: the standard and the Premium. The Premium plan costs 11.99 euros per month or 119.90 euros per year, differing from the standard plan in higher video quality (up to 4K UHD/HDR vs. up to Full HD 1080p), a greater number of profiles that can stream content simultaneously (4 vs. 2), and better audio quality (Dolby Atmos vs. 5.1 and Stereo).
But that’s not all, as Disney Plus has also implemented the restriction on shared accounts for individuals who do not reside in the same household. The worst part of this news, which was disclosed last October, is that individuals who violate this restriction could have their Disney+ account canceled, as stated in the platform’s terms and conditions.
Will they backtrack on this measure or will they continue despite the criticism they may face? Will the ad-supported plan be successful, similar to Netflix?