Disney+ is giving users the first taste of what streaming will look like starting this winter. Well, sort of. The service’s pilot program launched on Thursday for viewers in the Netherlands. Unfortunately, it looks like U.S. fans aren’t going to get a sneak peek.
Nonetheless, the preview has revealed quite a bit about the service. Along with 18 Marvel titles, the pilot includes all of the “Star Wars” movies. Several of these are available for streaming in 4K Ultra HD. Although Disney+ is still months away from actually launching, the pilot is giving fans a taste of what they’re in for on November 12.
As it has done with the box office, Disney is hoping to reshape the way that people think about streaming content. With a powerhouse lineup of past films and TV shows already loaded on the service and some new ones in the making, the House of Mouse should have no trouble attracting subscribers.
By now, fans know that they can expect the likes of Marvel, “Star Wars,” Disney classics, “The Simpsons,” National Geographic, and an array of new TV shows when the service launches. That lineup is only going to grow larger as time goes on.
However, the Disney+ pilot revealed some other intriguing features that the service offers.
Users will have the ability to create up to seven profiles that can stream content on up to four devices simultaneously. Meanwhile, subscribers can download an unlimited number of titles to their devices for offline viewing. This is a huge plus (pun intended) for parents traveling with children. Or, let’s be honest, for those of us that want to watch “Avengers: Endgame” for the 100th time instead of sleeping on that flight.
According to users that have tested the Disney+ pilot in the Netherlands, the service works without glitches and operates smoothly on all platforms. It will be available on Roku, PS4, Xbox One, Chromecast, Apple TV, web browsers, mobile, and more. Notably, users won’t be able to access the service (at least when it launches) on Amazon’s Fire TV platform.
“Empty but Elegant”
The consensus from those that have had the chance to see the Disney+ interface first-hand is that the service is “empty but elegant.”
In other words, Disney+ currently lacks the amount of content that Netflix has. This shouldn’t come as a surprise since the company is just starting to produce original content for the service whereas Netflix has been doing so for years. Meanwhile, Netflix has the luxury (or perhaps the hardship) of sourcing content from whatever studios it can make a deal with—though that number is rapidly shrinking. Disney, on the other hand, is filling its SVOD service solely with its own content.
Even without the mind-bending amount of content, Disney+ is still impressing early viewers. The service’s layout and navigation features are both inviting and informative. An elegant design will help it stand out from the competition as the streaming wars heat up in 2020.
Fans from the U.S., Canada, and the Netherlands waiting to see all of their favorite Disney-owned movies and TV shows in one place can do so for just $6.99 when the service officially launches on November 12.