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Disney recently announced that it is launching a new streaming service called Disney+ this fall. The multibillion dollar company is also forming a bundle with Hulu to compete with Netflix.
Some people are excited for this change. Senior Emma Kiser said she could see herself getting Disney+ if it is not too expensive.
“I could see myself getting it because of all the throwback shows and it would be nice for my little siblings,” Kiser said.
Disney+ will only be $6.99 a month and a bundle of Disney+ and Hulu will be available for $12.99 per month. Netflix alone is $12.99 a month.
In the last several years, Disney has purchased large brand names such as Marvel and Star Wars. Once Disney+ is available to the public, Disney owned movies and shows will be taken off Netflix.
According to digitaltrends.com, Disney is releasing brand new shows for their streaming service such as The Mandalorian- a Star Wars spinoff series, Loki- a Marvel series, and a new High School Musical series. Disney+ will also have fan favorite movies and shows available at launch including all 30 seasons of The Simpsons, The Lion King, and several Disney Pixar movies.
Some fans don’t seem to be too worried over Disney’s massive gain of power in the entertainment industry.
“It’s fair because it’s capitalism. But I can see why people would be angry. Disney is basically controlling what today’s kids are watching,” Kiser said.
Others have concerns about Disney owning just about all the shows and movies generations of kids have grown up with.
English and film teacher Laurie Repko initially said that she was fine with Disney capitalizing on a new streaming service because “it’s a free market.”
After more consideration, Repko had a completely different opinion. She came to the conclusion that Disney is unfairly controlling the market at the expense of everyday people having to pay for yet another streaming platform.
“I might have to go back to paying for cable,” she half joked about the numerous streaming services consumers must purchase in order to watch different shows and movies.
“Common people need access to the stories that make us American,” she said.
Repko fears that Disney taking their property off other streaming services creates less accessibility for people who might not be able to afford the monthly fee of yet another subscription service. “Disney is cornering the market and inching toward monopoly at the expense of our pocketbooks,” she said.
This affects her job as a teacher because classic Disney movies have been used as examples in class because of their universal relatability. “Ten years from now,” Repko said, “I might say to a kid, ‘What do you mean you haven’t seen The Lion King?’”
Repko concludes that she is “for the maintenance and expansion of culture” and believes that Disney+ is an “elitist” and unfair service which will deny certain people access to the stories that have shaped so much of American culture.
This massive influence over the industry has allowed Disney to provide a cheaper streaming service for their fans, but there are opposing opinions as to whether Disney has the right to control so much of the market. Disney fans will have to wait and see how well the new subscription service is received on Nov. 12 of this year when Disney+ is released.