RE­VIEW: Dis­ney+ ex­actly as ad­ver­tised and a bar­gain

The Saline Courier - - BUSINESS - By J.T. John­son

Dis­ney has fi­nally un­leashed its long-awaited and mam­moth sub­scrip­tion ser­vice, Dis­ney+. I was there the mo­ment it launched. Now, I want to re­view a few things in ad­di­tion to talk­ing about the over­all ser­vice now that I’ve had a lit­tle time to spend with Dis­ney’s big­gest me­dia project yet. The first thing that I want to re­view is the long-an­tic­i­pated Star Wars se­ries, “The Man­dalo­rian.” This is one awe­some show and there’s only one episode avail­able so far. It def­i­nitely em­braces the Space Western roots of the Orig­i­nal Tril­ogy. Pe­dro Pas­cal is great as the ti­tle char­ac­ter and a force to be reck­oned with. In this episode, we are mostly just in­tro­duced to the Man­dalo­rian and his meth­ods with a cou­ple of hints to­wards his back­ground. The ac­tion was pretty solid and the pro­duc­tion value of the se­ries shows that Dis­ney means business with its orig­i­nal con­tent that it plans to of­fer. An­other thing about the show is that it’s show­ing us an un­com­pro­mis­ing look at the un­der­world of the Star Wars uni­verse. If this first episode is a true in­di­ca­tion of what the show will be like, this should make plenty of Star Wars fans pretty happy. The sec­ond thing that I watched on the ser­vice was “The World Ac­cord­ing to Jeff Gold­blum.” It’s ba­si­cally a show look­ing at var­i­ous as­pects of our world with the lovely Jeff Gold­blum as your guide. The first episode of the show sees Gold­blum tak­ing a look at the world of col­lect­ing sneak­ers. To be hon­est, if this was hosted by any­one else, I prob­a­bly wouldn’t have even given it a look but with Gold­blum be­ing his most Gold­blum, he makes his al­ready in­ter­est­ing sub­jects that more in­ter­est­ing. Af­ter those two shows, I

de­cided to sort of ex­plore the range of con­tent avail­able on the site. Do­ing that, I re­al­ized that in­stead of won­der­ing if there was go­ing to be enough ma­te­rial to make the pur­chase worth it (like I did with DC Uni­verse), I found that my prob­lem was won­der­ing what to watch first.

There are so many movies and TV se­ries on the plat­form that you would be hard pressed not to find at least some­thing that you would like to see.

I also tried to keep up with how laggy the ser­vice might have been at launch. Now, keep in mind that most of my view­ing was done in the mid­dle of the night, mean­ing that there were not as many peo­ple on­line to ex­pe­ri­ence the launch right away.

So far, the only lag I ex­pe­ri­enced was when I started “The World Ac­cord­ing to Jeff Gold­blum.” It froze dur­ing the first minute, yet af­ter I backed out and went back in, the episode played just fine.

Be­yond that, though, I still won­der how the ser­vice will hold up dur­ing peak hours when most of the sub­scribers will be on. A word of cau­tion, though, if you do ex­pe­ri­ence lag­ging, don’t panic. Most dig­i­tal ser­vices and web­sites can go through some grow­ing pains.

No mat­ter how much test­ing the de­vel­op­ers be­hind-thescenes do, they can’t re­ally tell what’s go­ing to hap­pen un­til the prod­uct launches and the early bugs are usu­ally dealt with pretty fast.

So far, though, the new stream­ing ser­vices seems to be ex­actly what Dis­ney promised it would be.

There are plenty of clas­sic se­ries and films to re­visit and share with your own fam­ily and the orig­i­nal con­tent doesn’t look too bad, ei­ther. For the prices that Dis­ney is charg­ing for the ser­vice ($6.99 monthly and $69.99 yearly), I have to ad­mit that you’re get­ting quite the bar­gain.

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