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Disney has called it the future of the company, and after years of preparation, it's here: Disney Plus. It's the entertainment giant's streaming service for almost everything it creates, taking on Netflix as well as an emerging crop of rivals that includes Apple TV Plus and HBO Max.
Disney Plus officially launched early Tuesday in the US, Canada and the Netherlands. (Next up is the Nov. 19 launch in Australia and New Zealand.) As eager new subscribers tried to sign up for the service and stream Tuesday morning, complaints spread about glitches and service outages, but the disruptions have declined after the first day.
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In the first 24 hours, the Disney Plus app was downloaded 3.2 million times, according to Apptopia, and the service sucked in viewers for 1.3 million hours of viewing.
The demand for #DisneyPlus has exceeded our highest expectations. We are so pleased you’re excited to watch all your favorites and are working quickly to resolve any current issues. We appreciate your patience.
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Much of Disney Plus' original programming leans into the company's big-budget franchises. Its Marvel original shows, for example, are going to be closely knit into the storylines that play out on the big screen in theaters. Even though Disney Plus is the company's answer to Netflix, it won't release episodes of its original series all at once like its giant rival does. New episodes will come out weekly.
Disney Plus costs $7 a month in the US, or $70 (about $5.83 a month) if you prepay for a full year. That monthly rate is half the price of HBO Now and the forthcoming HBO Max. It's also a discount compared with Netflix's cheapest tier at $9 a month. But Disney Plus includes perks that Netflix charges extra for -- like four simultaneous streams, 4K Ultra...
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