While Apple is preparing to open the doors to its own Apple TV+ streaming service on Nov. 1 with a small collection of quality shows, entertainment powerhouse Disney is expected to land on your Apple devices less than two weeks later with its Disney+ streaming service that will provide an absolutely massive catalogue of content going back to some of its earliest films from the 1930s and 1940s.
There’s so much coming to Disney+ in fact that the company actually took 300 tweets to list it all, beginning with the 1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs through to the 2019 remake of The Lady and the Tramp and the Star Wars The Mandalorian.
Of course, all of the classic Disney animated and live-action films are here, and now that Disney owns the Star Wars franchise, you get all of those titles too, along with several popular TV series such as DuckTales, Hercules, Lizzie McGuire, Recess, the 2002 animated X-Men series, and High School Musical: The Series.
Sadly, there will be a few big-name titles that aren’t going to make if for launch day, however. According to The Verge, despite the fact that Disney also owns the Marvel franchise, it’s leased exclusive rights to many of those movies to other streaming companies like Netflix, and so it’s still working to get those rights back before they can appear on its own service.
That’s why you won’t yet see Captain America, nor even older Marvel titles like Iron Man 2 and Spider-Man: Homecoming. That said, there will still be 15 Marvel titles coming, including the original Iron Man, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and the new Brie Larson Captain Marvel film.
However, with Disney launching in several other countries, this may not be the case everywhere. The list provided is for the service’s U.S. launch, so those in Canada and Europe may find that some of these movies are available since Disney hasn’t signed exclusive deals in those markets.
There are also some titles here that may surprise you, since they’re not usually associated with the DIsney brand. For example, Disney+ will include all 30 seasons of The Simpsons, as well as over 30 National Geographic features.
For those who don’t want to sift through 300 tweets, The Verge has helpfully compiled them all into a list, organized by categories and decade.
Coming to Apple TV
The Disney+ service is expected to launch on Nov. 12 for $6.99/month, and it will be available through an app on the Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch right on launch day.
Although Disney and Apple have long enjoyed a strong relationship, thanks to the close friendship between Steve Jobs and Disney CEO Bob Iger, Disney doesn’t yet seem to be providing any special integration with Apple’s own TV app. While Disney+ content is expected to be searchable through the TV app, it won’t yet be available as an Apple TV Channel, meaning you’ll need to load up the specific Disney+ app on your device and access and subscribe to the service from there (although you will reportedly be able to subscribe through an in-app purchase in the DIsney+ app).
Hopefully, this will change in the future, as Disney hasn’t ruled out offering an Apple TV Channel, and doing so would be great boon to Apple users, since content could be streamed directly inside Apple’s TV app, along with support for sharing a subscription with the whole family and downloading content for offline viewing. Disney has said it has nothing to announce in this regard, but we’re hoping it’s simply laying the groundwork to make this happen.
While Disney+ will be competing with Apple TV+ for your subscription dollars, the truth is that Apple has intended that its own service be complementary to other streaming services, and has priced it with that in mind. At $4.99/month for Apple TV+ and $6.99/month for Disney+, the cost of two services combined is still less expensive than a standard Netflix plan, and both Apple and Disney are offering promotional pricing for the first year, either by purchasing a qualifying Apple product in the case of Apple TV+, or taking advantage of an annual or pre-sale subscription deal in Disney’s case.