Pitting Netflix, Disney+ against each other

In my family, we have always taken Netflix pretty seriously. Long before its current streaming platform base, my family started with Netflix when it was simply an online DVD rental service.

We’re basically die hard fans of Netflix, and I maintain that. For years I have spent my homework time simultaneously doing my actual work and working my way through many, many shows and movies.

This is all well and good, but then other streaming services started popping up. Platforms like Hulu and Amazon Prime Video came around and offered some competition, but nothing really caught my attention – that is, until Disney+.

Here’s the thing: Netflix is great and all, but when you give me so many shows from my childhood with the opportunity to watch all seasons of it within the course of like two weeks, then obviously that is going to hold a special place in my heart. Let me break it down a little more, though.

Netflix has a lot to offer in terms of variety and quality of content. There are so many different types of shows and movies in addition to numerous Netflix original shows.

Because of the popularity of so many of these originals, there are some people that have Netflix solely to watch their favorite original series.

While I am not one of those people myself, it’s hard to deny that the popularity of shows like “Stranger Things” is a big influence on what makes Netflix great.

In addition to the show selection, the format of Netflix is also very favorable. Netflix has been a streaming service for a long time which means that is has had plenty of time to perfect how it works on both televisions and mobile app versions. There really is no flaw in how to navigate Netflix, and that’s part of the beauty of it.

When talking about Disney+ it is important to note the selection of shows and movies it has. I frequently forget just how many other companies Disney owns so I am frequently surprised by just how many different types of shows there are.

Of course, my favorites and my go-to shows are all Disney channel shows from the early 2000s, but I know that if I ever decided to watch literally anything else (unlikely) then I would have that option.

Where Disney+ falls flat is probably in the format. Having both the app version on my phone and the television version, I can say that the app version is so much better and I can definitely tell that the intention of Disney+ was to be an app. The app is easy to navigate and has a very similar function and layout to Netflix which makes it easy to get used to and adapt to.

When watching Disney+ on my TV is where I run into problems. For me at least, I have a recurring problem of my shows not starting on the episode I ended on.

When I click on my show in the “Continue Watching” category, it frequently will start me back a few episodes from where I was. While it’s not a huge problem, it’s just a little irritating.

Overall, while Netflix will continue to be my top choice due to it’s unfailable format and great original series, Disney+ provides some stiff competition and I look forward to seeing how both improve in the future.