Not enough variety for the price

Abby Araujo, Staff Writer

Since the 1950s, watching TV has been a major American pastime. Over time, channels expanded to offer seemingly endless shows to get lost in. Today, streaming services dominate the TV world with something for everyone at the click of a button. Disney Plus is the newest service to compete in the industry for $6.99 per month, a much lower price than its major competitors such as Netflix starting at $8.99 a month. But even then, it can’t compete with the selections of the big players like Netflix.

As soon as Disney Plus hit the public in mid-November, it was all anyone talked about. I immediately signed up for a free trial to see what everybody was praising. However, when I logged on, I was completely underwhelmed. The selections were limited, and the free trial wasn’t the reason why, but what could really be expected from an exclusively Disney service?

The home page options are National Geographic, Pixar, Star Wars, Disney and Marvel, and they can then be refined further within these categories. These categories, however, seem to be too niche for a monthly TV service. 

If I’m in the mood for a comedy show, there’s not much I can do to find one on Disney Plus. While the service is packed with content, it’s filled with family movies and TV shows with little else.

The point of Disney Plus is to have every Disney-owned programs in one spot. This sounds great in theory, but it makes it hard to keep a teenage or adult audience interested.

The service is perfect for young kids since so much of the content is for families. It’s filled with Disney Channel shows dating back to the 1990s, it’s also ideal for nostalgic young adults. 

This plethora of throwback shows and movies seemed perfect at first, and I was excited to watch my favorite Disney Channel Original Movies. But after watching two or three, I got bored. I wanted something I hadn’t seen before, and, more importantly, something that wasn’t targeted for children. 

Out of the seven days I had my Disney Plus free trial, I logged on twice. For days that I wanted to snuggle with a blanket and watch a cute movie, it was perfect. But over the course of the week, that only happened to me once. The other time I logged on was because I felt guilty for not using my free trial. Now, two weeks later, I haven’t missed Disney Plus even once.

Disney Plus is great in short bursts but quickly becomes too repetitive to be deserving of a monthly subscription. Disney Plus needs to acquire more programs that are entertaining for someone in any mood — not just someone who is feeling nostalgic. Until Disney Plus can do this, Netflix and Hulu will have my money.