Disney+ vs Netflix

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Netflix is the leading video streaming service in the United States. The service operates internationally and it also the largest video-on-demand service in the world.  Netflix currently has 182 million members, 69 million of whom are in the USA. Disney+ is a new service that was started up in 2020, so its membership figures just don’t compare to those of Netflix but bit already has 50 million users worldwide.

Disney+ is aimed at a family audience, whereas Netflix covers all demographics with programming for adults and children. Despite aiming for a smaller market, Disney+ has a larger video library than Netflix. The Disney+ system doesn’t just show Disney productions. The service is a joint project between Disney, Marvel, Pixar, National Geographic, and the Star Wars franchise.

As Disney+ is only interested in a family audience, many of the productions of its contributors are not suitable for the service. This includes Marvel’s Deadpool.

Netflix started up as a DVD-by-mail service in 1007. It added on video streaming in 2007. It eventually moved out bits rental service to a separate company, called DVD.com. Now the service offers unlimited video access for a monthly subscription fee. That is the same charging model that Disney+ uses. Both operations provide an ad-free service.

Compare Disney+ vs Netflix plans

Both Disney+ and Netflix offer access to a library of videos and all members get access to the same library for each service. Disney+ has only one plan. Netflix offers three plans.

  Disney+ Netflix Basic Netflix Standard Netflix Premium
Monthly price $6.99 $8.99 $12.99 $15.99
Free trial 7 days 30 days 30 days 30 days
Number of videos 7,500 + 5,000 + 5,000 + 5,000 +
Streaming quality HD and 4K SD HD 4K
Original content Yes Yes Yes Yes
Addons available No No No No
Simultaneous streams 4 1 2 4

 Disney+ is also offered as part of a bundle along with the ad-supported version of Hulu and ESPN+. This plan costs $12.99 per month

Compare Disney+ vs Netflix content

Video library

The Disney+ library is larger than that of Netflix. However, this is because it has more series and each series has a lot of episodes. The split between movies and series on Disney+ shows that it has 500 movies.  

Original programming

Both video streaming services produce their original content. Disney launched with headline original content that was spun off from successful movies. These include Forky Asks A Question, based on a character from Toy Story 4. The biggest draw, however, was The Mandalorian from the Star Wars series.  Disney’s launch budget for original content was $500 million.

Netflix has its own production company and also invests in the productions of other studios. The company intends to provide half of its library with original content. In 2018, the company announces an $8 billion multi-year investment plan in original content. The company released 371 original titles in 2019. The production of original content is sourced from around the world. Foreign language content is dubbed or subtitled for American audiences.

Netflix Originals include The Tiger King, Daredevil, BoJack Horseman, Russian Doll, Stranger Things, Bloodline, Narcos, Grace and Frankie, and Ozark. Netflix’s award-winning original content includes Making a Murderer, The Crown, and the movies Roma, The Irishman, and Marriage Story.

Sports programming

Neither Netflix nor Disney+ have sports programming. Sports fans would benefit from the Disney+, ESPN+, and Hulu package.

Compare Disney+ vs Netflix streaming devices

  Disney+ Netflix
Web browser Yes Yes
Google Chromecast Yes Yes
iOS mobile app Yes Yes
Android mobile app Yes Yes
Roku Yes Yes
Apple TV Yes Yes
Android TV box Yes Yes
Amazon Fire TV Yes Yes
Samsung smart TV Yes Yes
LG Smart TV Yes Yes
Vizio smart TV Yes Yes
Xbox Yes Yes
PlayStation Yes Yes
Nintendo No Yes

Compare Disney+ vs Netflix user experience

Home screen

Disney+ and Netflix have a very similar layout format for their video library. The home screen of each user is adapted by an algorithm that prioritizes available videos based on previous viewing habits. For both, videos are shown as frames with the name beneath. The home screen is divided into categories that each contain a scrollable strap of video images. The Netflix screen is headed by a large panel that plays a promoted video. This reduces the “above the fold” video lists, requiring users to scroll down before seeing available content. Clicking on a video opens up a details panel, which plays a segment of the chosen video

Although the Disney+ home screen has fewer [presentational features, it presents more videos on each screen.

The home screen Disney+ presents more information per screen.

International Access

Netflix is available in every country in the world except for China, North Korea, Syria, and the Crimea. Disney+ is available in the USA, Canada, Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Australia, New Zealand, and India.

I each case, users can access the service outside of their home country ads long as they are still within the services area of operation. Both Netflix and Disney+ show the library for the country that the user is in rather than for the home country of the account. The screens of both systems are shown in the language selected for the account and all videos are adopted for that language either with subbing or subtitles. Videos that aren’t available in the user’s preferred language are not included in the library.

Netflix offers more international access opportunities than Disney+.

Addons

Neither system offers add-on channels. However, the combination of ESPN and Hulu in with Disney+ in one special package is similar to an add-on plan.

Disney+ beats Netflix in terms of add-on channels.

Downloads

Both systems allow users to download videos to watch offline. With Netflix, a downloaded video is available for 30 days after the download time and date and will be accessible for 48 hours after the moment it is first played. Netflix allows 100 videos to be downloaded and live per device. Disney places no restrictions on the number of downloads that can be made or the length of time that it is available for viewing on the offline device.

The unlimited download allowance of Disney+ is better than the download policy of Netflix.


Disney+ pros

  • Good for families
  • Wide range of compatible streaming devices
  • No limit on downloads
  • Four simultaneous streaming allowance
  • Good value

Disney+ cons

  • No sports content
  • Not available all over the world

See full Disney+ review here.


Netflix pros

  • Low price entry-level plan
  • SD quality is good for customers with poor internet service
  • Excellent content suggestion algorithm

Netflix cons

  • Restrictions on download volume
  • No sports programming
  • The price for four simultaneous streams is much higher than that for Disney+

See full Netflix review here.