Disney+ Hits 22 Million Downloads! 6 Reasons Everyone Is Raving About It

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Disney+, the wildly popular streaming service offered by Disney, has been out for about two months now, and the numbers are looking fantastic. Specifically, Disney+’s mobile app has seen at least 22+ million downloads since its launch, and users watched around 200 million hours in the first four weeks alone. There’s an average of about 9.5 million daily active users, and a total of 41.5 million users in just the United States.

They aren’t quite Netflix numbers, but they aren’t far away either. (Netflix has over 60 million viewers for context.) It’s been an excellent start for Disney+ so far, and there are probably a lot of people out there who are still wondering if it’s a service worth paying for.

Now that we have had a few weeks of experience with the app, we have a few good ideas about why it’s become a streaming powerhouse. Plus, it’s on Apple TV! Continue reading to learn why everyone is raving about Disney+

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There’s Plenty of Versatile Content

Since “Baby Yoda” became an internet sensation, many people now realize that the Mandalorian is a show available only on Disney+ for those who need as much Star Wars action in their lives as possible. But really, Disney’s original content lineup for the service has barely begun. There are multiple Marvel shows planned with numerous stars from the Avengers (plus other Marvel heroes that people have been waiting for), a new season of Clone Wars coming, and a variety of original shows for kids, teens, documentary lovers, and more. There are even plans to make shows based on Ice Age, Mighty Ducks, Willow, and much more.

Then, of course, there’s the powerful combo of Disney and Pixar’s past works, including countless shows and more movies. That’s great for keeping kids entertained, scooping up the Disney features that you may have missed in the past, or just revisiting some of your favorite content.

That means that Disney fans, Marvel fans, Pixar fans, and even picky kids have something to keep them watching, and if you loved a Disney feature from a few decades ago, there’s a high chance that some sort of revision is in the works for Disney+. We weren’t expecting the app to provide so much versatile content all at once.

The Combo Package Is a Fantastic Deal

Disney owns a lot of stuff. In this particular instance, that’s a good thing, because it means there are great bundle deals for Disney+ that remain affordable while providing you with a massive array of content options. For the best example, you can get Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ all in one bundle for $13. That’s still cheaper than services like HBO, and gives you access to the latest TV on Hulu, live sports on ESPN, and everything else that these services provide.

We’ve never seen a single bundle come so close to fulfilling all our streaming needs, and the price remains affordable, too ($5 less than subscribing to each service individually). Oh, and if you already have one of the services but want to switch to the bundle, Disney allows you to merge accounts easily. Other regional packages may also be available in your location.

Its Price Compares Favorably

Speaking of prices, Disney+ (available for $7) did an excellent job of pricing the app to correspond with what it delivers. Let’s be honest, Disney+ will probably never have as much content as Netflix, so charging Netflix prices is hard to justify right now. On the other hand, Disney can offer a large amount of unique and licensed content that’s extremely popular, and not available on any other app (Disney is making sure of this). That adds back in some value.

So the $7 price point makes a lot of sense and isn’t too burdensome for the average family or fan who is considering adding the app to their streaming collection. And just in case you aren’t sure yet, Disney does offer a free trial week to get you started and possibly addicted to some of their original content.

The App Is Pretty Well Designed, Too

Disney+ had a rough launch, as many streaming services do. There were plenty of disconnects and streaming errors at the very beginning that needed to be resolved. Once that stuff cleared up, users found that the app is quite well designed. The UI compares favorably to other streaming apps, which can be cluttered or confusing to new users (or TV apps, which tend to be a whole level worse).

The app shows you new stuff in a banner at the top, then gives you the option of choosing a brand – Pixar, Star Wars, National Geographic, etc. You can also choose to skip right to original shows, what you are currently watching, and other categories like movies, trending content, and more. It’s one of the friendliest user experiences we’ve found in a field that often fails at this level.

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There Are Some Nice Discounts Around

Disney+ is only a few months old right now, but it’s already seen a number of sales, from Black Friday discounts to subscription deals that lower the price if you sign up for a year or more. Look ahead for New Year’s discounts, too! If you really want to save even more when buying, there are ways you can do it.

The Future Is Bright for Disney+

Some Disney content is limited on Disney+. Not every Marvel movie is available, the latest Disney movies will stay off the service for a while to boost movie and Blu-Ray sales, and there may be a bit less content for growing girls than growing boys (depending on their tastes, of course).

However, this is a new streaming service with a whole lot of plans for the future. Disney isn’t going anywhere and won’t suddenly become unable to fund their streaming app, so Disney+ is a great bet for the foreseeable future. This also means that it’s totally fine to skip out on the service for now and come back to it later. The content will only continue to grow, and you may find that the service has enough to interest you in a year or so.

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