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Disney+ is the new streaming hub for Marvel, Star Wars, NatGeo, Pixar, the Simpsons, and Disney vault movies. It is commercial-free, ultra-high-definition, and has something for every member of the family. That being said, has it met the expectations that so many people had set for it?
Has it taken the streaming TV industry by storm? Projections suggested that Disney+ would be the catalyst for a streaming TV war.
Despite these projections, it appears the overall effect of Disney+ on other streaming services has been less dramatic than anticipated. That in no way takes away from the success that Disney has seen with its new launch.
Back in June 2019, Benjamin Swinburne, a Morgan Stanley analyst, projected that Disney could have over 130 million subscribers between all of its online video streaming services by 2024. Though this seemed like an accurate goal, many were surprised to see Disney streaming services pick up more than 53 million subscribers by the end of its second month out at the end of 2019. To say that Disney has been successful in its endeavor to insert itself into the video streaming industry would be an understatement.
How Do Streaming Services Make Your Home Safer?
For those that use Satellite TV or Cable TV services, how many electrical cords are being used near your TV? If you plan to have Satellite and/or Cable TV set up with more than one TV in your home, you will need a separate box for each TV. So have you finished counting how many cords you are using yet? That is right, it is too many. More cords means more risk. One of the best ways to make your home safer is to increase your home’s security.
The reality is, streaming services, like Disney+, are helping people to get rid of cords in their homes and therefore making them safer.
The better protected your home is from burglars, fires, and other unfortunate claims can save you anywhere from 5–20% on your home insurance.
In addition to these savings, if you are willing to install a home security system to protect your home further, you will be given even better discounts.
Home security systems can help ensure that you, or others that need to know, if your home is in danger. New systems have automatic shut offs to turn off appliances or outlets in the home that appear to be malfunctioning. Safety comes first.
Devices that Support Disney+
One factor that has contributed to the quick success of Disney+ is the number of devices that support its streaming services. Digital Trends offers this list of current supporting devices:
- Apple TV (tvOS)
- Google Chromecast
- Android TV
- PlayStation 4
- Xbox One
- Select Amazon Fire TV devices
- LG Smart TVs
- Samsung Smart TVs
These devices not only make streaming easier, but they also make streaming mobile. One of the most important factors in decisions made by consumers today is whether they are mobile or not.
If there is an option for mobility, it is likely that the majority of people will choose it. Whether commuting on a bus or train, traveling, or working around the yard, you will be able to access Disney+ as long as you have cellular data or a WiFi connection.
How Disney Streaming Services Effect Other Providers
Though Disney+ has already seen great success, it is hard to know how notable its impact will be on other streaming services provided through Satellite and Cable TV providers. Cord-cutting has become very common during recent years as more and more consumers are turning to cheaper streaming options. Sam Cook, Editor and Writer for Flixed.io, has said,
“Disney+ may further the cord-cutting bleed, or cause some families to downgrade service.”
One of the greatest impacts that Disney+ is likely to have on Satellite TV and Cable TV providers is numerous adjustments to overall services. For example, many families around the United States pay for Comcast services through Xfinity that provide them with Disney Junior and Disney XD.
These Disney channels are available through the 220-channel “Preferred” package which costs close to three times as much as the 140-channel basic plan.
It is significantly cheaper for families to invest in the basic plan with Disney+ on the side. Cook suggests that many families, if they haven’t already done so, will soon make similar adjustments to their streaming subscriptions.
Pricing for Streaming TV Providers
During the time leading up to the Disney+ launch, a variety of reports brought up pricing for Disney+. It is priced two dollars lower per month than any other streaming service (not already owned by Disney). The following graphic shows pricing for streaming services as of January 2020.
If you are spending more than you would like to on your current TV providers, it would be worth looking into cutting the final cords and jumping on the streaming bandwagon.
If you decide to do this, you can look into the Disney bundle which includes Disney+, ESPN+, and Hulu Plus for just $12.99 per month.
This route is not only easier on your electrical outlets at home, but also more convenient for you.
You may need to sacrifice a couple of shows or one or two sports teams, but you will certainly save money. Where do your priorities stack up? What will you do?
Bio: Benjamin Smith is a Content Marketing Strategist for BestCompany.com with emphasis in home services and health and wellness.