Apple and Disney are both joining the video-streaming race with Apple TV+ and Disney+ respectively, taking on Netflix and a number of the likes in the market. Apple TV+'s $4.99 price point will beat the costs of Netflix and all other services, and Disney+ is quoted to be the beginning of the end for Netflix. Will you drop Netflix for Apple TV+ or Disney+? As the list of 2020 streaming services is getting more crowded, it's hard to decide which is worth your streaming video subscription dollars.
Before you make your decision, check the price, availability, titles, streaming quality, differences, extra benefits, limits and the actions they took during COVID-19 lockdown. Let's get started on the battle of Apple TV Plus vs Disney Plus vs Netflix.
What Did Apple TV+, Disney+ and Netflix Do During COVID-19 Quarantine?
• Apple TV+: 'Oprah Talks COVID-19' launches as free-to-view show.
• Disney+: Shrink bandwidth in Europe, make its own movies available early as well, such as "Frozen II" and "Onward".
• Netflix: Also switch to SD streaming by default. Netflix Party allows a new way to watch Netflix with friends online, synchronizing video playback and adding group chat to your favorite Netflix shows.
|Launch date||Nov.1, 2019||Nov.2, 2019||Apr.14, 1998|
|Price||$4.99/mo., 7-day free trial||$6.99/mo., $69.99/year||$8.99/mo for basic plan,
$12.99/mo for standard plan,
$15.99/mo for premium plan, 30-day free trial
|Platforms||iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or Apple TV, and select Samsung smart TVs.||Roku's boxes, sticks and TVs. Apple TV, iPhone, and iPad. Phones and TVs running on Android and Chromecast streamers, Xbox One, PlayStation 4.||Android, iDevices, Windows phone, Apple TV, Roku, Smart TV, laptop, PS4/3, Xbox 360/One, game consoles, players, websites, or streaming device.|
|Availability||Over 100 countries and regions||US, Canada, the Netherlands, Australia, and New Zealand||Over 190 countries and regions|
|Number of devices supported||Up to 6 family members||Up to 4 devices a Disney Plus account
up to 7 user profiles
| Basic plan: 1 device at a time.
Standard plan: 2 devices at a time.
Premium plan: 4 devices at a time.
|Content||Some original shows, Oprah Winfrey, etc.||Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar, etc.||Around 6,000 titles|
|Quality||4K HDR and Dolby Atmos||4K Ultra HD content in Dolby Vision, HDR10 and Dolby Atmos immersive audio||4K Ultra HD (for Premium plan only)|
|Download & watch offline||Yes||Yes||Yes, you can download select TV shows and movies|
[Detailed Comparison] Differences among Apple TV Plus, Disney Plus and Netflix
Let's see the detailed review on Apple TV+ vs Disney+ vs Netflix below. First, we will start with something users care most, the price.
Netflix offers three plans: the Basic plan allowing SD streaming 1 device at one time, Standard plan allowing HD streaming on 2 devices at a time and the Premium plan allowing HD & UHD streaming on 4 devices at a time, respectively priced at $8.99, $12.99 and $15.99 a month.
Disney+ costs either $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year for up to 4 devices simultaneously per account. It's $2 cheaper than Netflix' Basic plan while users can stream 4K Ultra HD video at no extra charge. Besides, there is a bundle with Hulu's ad-supported tier, ESPN+, and Disney+ for just $12.99 per month.
Apple TV+'s $4.99 monthly price is cheaper than Disney+ and Netflix and is by far the cheapest on the market. 6 family members can access it without the account or password sharing required. See detailed prices below:
Amazon Prime Video: $8.99/month
CBS (No Ads): $9.99/month
Hulu (No Ads): $11.99/month
HBO Now: $14.99/month
Netflix has over 6,000 titles in its library. It gets series from studios like Warner Bros. TV, Sony Pictures TV, Paramount TV, and Lionsgate. Its original content is an important safeguard and users can access popular series like Black Mirror, Strangers Things, The Crown, etc. As for the question "is Disney leaving Netflix", the answer is yes. The launch of Disney Plus is pulling out all Disney-branded franchises from Netflix.
Disney Plus has titles from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar, Marvel Studios, 20th Century Fox, BlueSky, SearchLight Pictures, etc. The service offers about 7,000 episodes of television shows and 400~ 500 movies at launch, including Star Wars franchises, The Simpsons, all Disney Hollywood movies, etc. It will be the exclusive place for all new Marvel movies (and the rest when the deals with Netflix expire). It will be an ideal place among all 2020 streaming services for family entertainment, especially for kids.
Apple TV+, compared to Disney + and Netflix, seems to be far less competitive. The content library is a big difference among Apple TV Plus, Disney Plus and Netflix. There are some interesting shows on Apple TV+, like The Morning Show starring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, See, For All Mankind, Oprah Winfrey, etc. However, only 9 original shows are available at its launch. But don't worry, Apple is updating its content library with new originals every month fast.
Netflix supported the widest devices in Apple TV+ vs Disney+ vs Netflix comparison. You can find Netflix app on Android, iPhone, iPad, and Amazon Fire Tablets. Netflix-compatible smart TVs include LG, Samsung and Sony released since 2016, as well as TVs from Hisense, Panasonic, Sharp Vizio, etc. Most of the media boxes like Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Xbox, PS4, Nintendo, set-top boxes, Blu-ray players, and browsers all support Netflix.
Disney+ is available in limited devices: Roku boxes, sticks, and TVs; Apple TV, iPhone and iPad; Android phones and TVs; Chromecast streamers, Xbox One and PS4. More devices will be added in the future.
Apple TV Plus vs Disney Plus, fails by a narrow margin. Apple TV+ subscribers can stream on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch running iOS 12.3 or iPadOS; Apple TV 4K/HD/3rd generation; smart TV and streaming box that supports Apple TV app, Mac running 10.15 Catalina and later. One of the biggest weakness of Apple TV+ compared to Netflix and Disney+ is that all Android users are left out. That's a significantly large group.
Netflix allows Premium plan subscribers to stream content in Ultra HD quality, namely the $15.99 premium multiscreen plan. You should also note that the Netflix 4K streaming is available on 4K devices only. Not only that, your 4K devices/UHD TV should be able to decode HEVC codec to stream Netflix 4K smoothly. Check the list of 2020 Netflix 4K movies >>
Basic plan: Standard Definition
Standard plan: HD quality
Premium plan: HD and Ultra HD quality
Disney Plus is able to stream 4K Ultra HD video in Dolby Vision, HDR10 and Dolby Atmos immersive audio simultaneously on four devices. Different to Netflix, Disney Plus offers 4K streaming with no extra charge.
Apple TV+, same as Disney Plus, provides Apple originals in 4K HDR/Dolby Vision. More importantly, most of the titles offered comes with Dolby Atmos sound. It would be an amazing playback experience considering the latest iPhone 11/11 Pro support Spatial Audio and Dolby Atmos.
The U.S. users can stay assured that Netflix, Disney + and Apple TV+ will all be accessible. However, some other regions are out of luck. To be specific, Netflix has covered over 190 countries except fo China, Crimea, North Korea, Syria. Apple TV+ is launched in over 100 countries and regions. Disney Plus is only available in the US, Canada, the Netherlands, Australia, and New Zealand.
Disney+ supports unlimited offline downloads of movies and TV shows, so do Apple TV Plus and Netflix. Netflix is a little bit different when it comes to downloading content for offline playback. It requires your devices running on newer systems, for example, iOS later than 9.0 and Android later than 4.4.2. (learn how to download Netflix movies>>). Another fact you need to notice with the three 2019 streaming services is that not all movies or shows are available for download.
Note: The newly released streaming service, whether it is Disney Plus or Apple TV Plus, seems to thoroughly ditch out physical media forever. Is it true? Check and learn why DVD will still survive with the advent of streaming.
[Our Verdict] Apple TV+, Disney+ and Netflix, Which to Choose?
After the differences between Netflix, Disney Plus and Apple TV Plus, you may have your choice already. Below we have summarized the advantages, strong points and weakness of the three 2020 streaming services.
|Strength||1. The lowest price
2. 4K HDR and Dolby Atmos
3. Intersting Apple originals
4. One year free for Apple devices
|1. Disney titles
2. High-profile titles guaranteed
3. 4K and HDR streaming
|1. Large content library
2. Popular originals
3. The widest support for devices & countries
|Weakness||1. Limited available titles
2. No support for Android
|1. Limited supported areas||1. Expensive
2. No Disney titles
Verdict: With Apple TV Plus and Disney Plus at their early stage, it's hard to make a full comparison of Apple TV+ vs Disney+ vs Netflix. However, we can make some general conclusions here. Apple TV Plus has the lowest price and new originals are adding to the library every month. The fact that all Apple products users can get a year of Apple TV+ for free gives it an extra edge in the competition. Compared to Netflix and Apple TV Plus, Disney Plus offers one big bonus - blockbusters from Disney and Marvel. If you have kids who love animated movies or heroes, you will want to subscribe Disney Plus. At last, Netflix has provided tons of movies and TV shows and a good number of quality titles. Given that, users who get used to Netflix can hardly drop Netflix for Disney+ or Apple TV+, at least for now.