Disney+ or Disney-

Disney’s new streaming service is exciting. But should it be?


Am I the only one worrying about Disney+? Sure, I’m excited, too. Who wouldn’t be? While I am most excited for the adult-oriented Star Wars series, “The Mandalorian,” fans can also look forward to the mockumentary series, “High School Musical: The Musical: The series.” The service will also have multiple nonfiction series, all being published at launch on November 12. There are also dozens more series projected for the coming years. 

Along with the slew of new content coming to Disney+, the service will also be a platform for Disney’s existing catalog of shows and films. The service offers a full library of Disney films from “Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups” to “Snow White” to “Zootopia.” Every parent of a toddler’s dream.

There is more than enough room to worry, though. When Disney announced the service, they began to withdraw their content from other platforms. In Spring, much to my dismay, “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” was removed from Netflix. Disney has also notoriously limited the Marvel content available on Netflix. More recently, NBC announced that “The Office” will be leaving in 2021. Netflix is looking less and less appealing every day.

While we can all be excited about the new content that will come with Disney+, what does this mean for other streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video? The trend Disney has been setting seems bleak for both services, which have always primarily relied on content from outside sources (remember “Bright?” I wish I didn’t). After Disney’s announcement, similar services were announced by HBO, Apple, and NBC, as well as a collaborative service between Discovery and BBC. That’s a lot, and paying seven to twelve dollars a month for each of them adds up fast.

So what does this mean for us viewers? I think it’s time for us to make a hard decision, one we’ve been struggling to make for a long time: what do we want to watch? It just isn’t reasonable to watch everything, but the shows we love need our views to stay afloat. New services are not only dispersing the content that was once monopolized by Netflix, but also the viewers. For the moment, there is a wealth of quality content on the horizon, but what will happen when it can’t top the number of views the first season of “House of Cards” got?

The sad reality is that good series are going to disappear as the companies vying for our attention spread us too thin. To stop our favorite shows from being cancelled in this streaming service battle royale, it’s time to put our money where our mouths are. I, for one, have been putting off watching “Stranger Things 3,” but with the release of competing services, our views make the difference between a show continuing and ending. You can be sure that I’ll be eating through my watch list in the next few weeks. Otherwise, I might not even get the chance to.