Disney Plus

 What is Disney Plus?

Disney Plus was initially established in 2015 under the name BAMTech as a spinoff of MLB Advanced Media. Disney would eventually overtake BAMTech by becoming a majority shareholder, transferring ownership to DTCI in conjunction with Disney’s purchase of 21st Century Fox.

The rollout began in 2018 when BAMTech had a hand in launching ESPN+, which coordinated perfectly with the end of Disney’s distribution deal with Netflix in 2019. However, the original content production for Disney Plus began filming as early as 2017, with the official launch on November 12, 2019.


Disney Plus includes content originating from the following production companies:

  • Walt Disney Pictures
  • Walt Disney Animation Studios
  • Disneytoon Studios
  • Disneynature
  • Lucasfilm
  • National Geographic
  • Pixar
  • Marvel Studios
  • 20th Century Studios
  • Searchlight Pictures
  • Touchstone Pictures
  • 20th Century Animation

Noteworthy Archived Films and Television Series

Disney Plus includes a large portion of all original Disney content, including films and television series from the Disney Channel. At launch, the platform had an estimated 7,000 TV series episodes and 500 feature films, numbers that have been growing steadily since the platform debuted.

In addition, Disney+ added the entire catalog of the series “The Simpsons,” which consists of 32 full-length seasons. A large portion of the Marvel catalog is available for streaming on Disney Plus and the entire Star Wars franchise.

Original Movies/Series

Besides the sizeable number of movies and TV series available on Disney Plus, the channel is also responsible for many original full-length features and entire seasons of new television series. These include many new Star Wars spinoffs like The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett, and The Clone Wars.

Marvel properties exclusive to Disney Plus are also available, including The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Hawkeye, Loki, and She-Hulk: Attorney at Law. These don’t include animated Marvel series that stream on the platform.

Outside television studios also create content that Disney Plus orders and is available on the platform, including shows from CBS and newer spinoffs of 20th Century Fox adaptations like Home Alone, Cheaper by the Dozen, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid.


A large part of the catalog on Disney Plus includes documentary features and behind-the-scenes options. National Geographic is responsible for a great deal of the documentary material, including a sizeable collection of animal-related offerings like Magic of the Animal Kingdom.

Theatrical Simultaneous Releases

Another exciting feature of Disney Plus is access subscribers have to simultaneous theatrical releases. Popular Disney feature films are released on the platform in coordination with their wide out on the big screen for an additional charge.

So far, Disney has released hits like Cruella, Black Widow, and Jungle Cruise as a part of its simultaneous release feature.


Disney Plus is accessible on several different devices via web browser and app. Customers can use Windows or macOS PCs and laptops to enjoy Disney Plus on their browsers, in addition to Android, Android TV, Apple TV, Fire TV, Fire HD, LG webOS, Vizio SmartCast, Samsung Smart TVs, Playstation 4 and 5, Xbox One and Series X/S, Xfinity Flex, Roku, NowTV, Chromecast, Windows 10 and 11, and Apple TV.

In 2020, Disney Plus debuted the GroupWatch feature, a unique service that allows subscribers to watch movies and shows remotely. Users may type and send emojis, interact with one another, and use a group control feature to play, stop, pause, and rewind.

Additional Features

Disney Plus features several additional features beyond the archive or classic movies and shows and currently running features. Users also enjoy the following benefits:

  • PIN control allows parents to select the type of content children can watch. Personal profiles will enable them to choose the types of movies and series their children can regularly access, with multiple profiles available for creation. This stops children from watching unwanted content intended for older children and teenagers even when parents aren’t around. This feature can be controlled from a separate device.
  • Besides streaming, many shows and movies are available for download in different formats. A large portion of the entire Disney Plus catalog is available to download on multiple devices.
  • Users may choose up to 10 devices to feature the platform on as part of their subscription, which includes unlimited downloads to each device. It’s important to note that the 10 devices aren’t able to simultaneously enjoy watching separate titles at once.
  • For households that contain multiple users (larger families), subscribers are allowed to watch on four different screens or devices separately, all at once, for no additional charge. Users may upgrade to include other screens for a small fee.
  • Users can choose the format to stream their content, including the highest quality, 4K UHD, and HDR, but may also choose lower-grade options for faster streaming if bandwidth is an issue.
  • Most recently, users can take advantage of IMAX Enhanced movies and shows to watch their favorite features in the same aspect ratio of the famous movie theater setting. This highlights the most enhanced and highest-definition available for subscribers to enjoy at home. Currently, only certain features are available with this option.