Disney+ Popular Despite Concerns

Alex Goodlive
Arts & Entertainment Staff Writer

The character nicknamed Baby Yoda has become the viral star of  “The Mandalorian,” the flagship show for Disney+ that is part of the Star Wars universe. Cover photo from Twitter user @lyssa_whitt

Recently, Disney has launched its new streaming service, Disney+, to much fanfare. According to Tech Radar, the service had 10 million subscribers on its first day.

In creating their own streaming service, Disney is hoping to compete with others like Netflix and Amazon Prime. Some of their properties remain on Netflix for now but will likely be removed within the following year.

While buzz for Disney’s latest feat remains high, there is concern about the lasting impact on entertainment. With everybody offering content available exclusively on their streaming service, will consumers be forced to pay fees for several companies just to keep up with what’s popular on TV?

Fans quickly rushed to access Disney+ on the opening days, but many ran into problems. Technical difficulties were rampant as people reported issues with logging in, connecting to Wi-Fi and taking forever to do anything. Disney responded with a statement saying that “consumer demand for Disney+ has exceeded our highest expectations. While we are pleased by this incredible response, we are aware of the current user issues and are working swiftly to resolve them.”

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Difficulties aside, users have hundreds of choices in deciding what to watch, with movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm and other studios. Having recently acquired Fox, Disney+ offers all 30 seasons of “The Simpsons,” a boon for fans of the award-winning cartoon sitcom. But Simpsons fans soon saw a problem when, according to Variety, they discovered that Disney had cropped the episodes in a 16:9 format, ruining many classic visual jokes.

“In early 2020, Disney+ will make the first nineteen seasons of ‘The Simpsons’ available in their original 4:3 aspect ratio,” Disney said in response to complaints.

One of Disney+’s biggest attractions has been “The Mandalorian,” a live-action Star Wars show where actor Pedro Pascal plays a skilled bounty hunter. Interestingly, the appearance of “Baby Yoda” in one episode has garnered even more attention than Pascal’s title role.

“I’m cool with it,” Pascal stated on social media.

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