Disney+ Review

A review over Disney's new streaming service, Disney+

Jayden Genswieder, Digital Sports Editor

On November 12th of 2019 the world was introduced to Disney+. For $6.99 a month or $69.99 a year, you are granted access to a ridiculously large amount of content.

For the purposes of this review I took into consideration the overall video and audio quality, the accessibility and layout, how cost effective it is, the overall availability, and the overall quality of Disney+ on my phone, Amazon Fire Stick, and PS4.

The first thing I did on Disney+ was watch Marvel’s Spiderman (1995) on my phone and then casted from my phone to my Google Chromecast. The video and audio quality on both was good and I experienced little lag. The only problem I encountered on the phone side were that the phone layout is not as easily navigable as other streaming services. Disney+ on the phone overall is 4 stars. 

The second platform I used was the PS4. Since launch, I have watched every released episode of The Mandalorian (2019) on the PS4. This is where I experienced much of the lag that I had heard about. At least once an episode the audio would continue rolling while I watched a still image. I would give the PS4 side a 3.5 star review.

On the Fire Stick I watched Iron Man (2008) and the glorious idea that is The World According to Jeff Goldblum (2019). This is easily the best video and audio quality of the three platforms I’ve reviewed. The accessibility isn’t Netflix-level but is better than Amazon Prime Video. Disney+ on the Firestick gets 4.5 stars.

Now for the question of worth. Just the price of the original six Star Wars movies on the Google Play Store costs more than a year of Disney+ and then add the other Star Wars films, 30 seasons of The Simpsons, and all of the other billion things (figuratively). That doesn’t even account for the fact that Disney will eventually be able to add everything ever made by Disney, Marvel Studios, ABC, 20th Century Fox, and Lucasfilm. Yes, Disney+ is worth it.

Then there is the question of availability. When you take into account that Disney+ is available on iOS, Apple TV (tvOS), Google Chromecast, Android, Android TV, PlayStation 4, Roku, Xbox One, and Amazon Fire TV, I would say it has a pretty high availability rating.

I tallied up all of these ratings, and Disney+ is 4.5 stars. Then, I also counted off a little because as someone who considers myself a Star Wars traditionalist, I didn’t like the changing of the Han/Greedo scene in A New Hope. So overall 4 stars.