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Here’s a look at the new streaming challengers and what you get with each:
Disney’s entertainment service, with shows and films from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic.
Launch date: November 12
Price: $ 7 per month or $ 70 per year. Getting Disney Plus with ESPN Plus and Hulu, both owned by Disney, costs $ 13 a month.
Promotions: Free trial period of seven days. Free year with all unlimited subscriptions to Verizon Wireless and when customers switch to Fiz Home Internet from Verizon or 5G Home Internet.
Original shows: ‘The Mandalorian’, a live series ‘Star Wars’ made by Jon Favreau. A prequel to the ‘Star Wars’ movie ‘Rogue One’. A series about the Marvel character Loki. A restarted ‘High School Musical’ series. A documentary series focused on Disney.
Other shows and films: animated classics, including ‘Aladdin’ and ‘The Jungle Book’, are available from the launch; others are added when streaming deals with other services expire. Films released in 2019 or later will first go to Disney Plus instead of a competing streaming service. Disney Plus will also host the last seasons of ‘The Simpsons’, which Disney received through the purchase of Fox’s entertainment company.
Apple TV +
Apple’s entry into the streaming business.
Launch date: November 1
Price: $ 5 per month
Promotions: Free trial period of seven days. A year free for buyers of a new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod Touch or Mac.
Original shows: a Jason Momoa series called ‘See’ and ‘The Morning Show’, a comedy with Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carrell. The service is launched with nine original shows and films, with more expected each month.
Other shows and films: none.
Comcast’s NBCUniversal service will include 15,000 hours of video at launch.
Launch date: April 2020
Price: Not released
Promotions: free for many Comcast cable and internet customers.
Original shows: Reboots from ‘Battlestar Galactica’ and ‘Saved by the Bell.’ “Rutherford Falls” comedy series by Michael Schur, creator of “The Good Place” and “Parks and Recreation.”
Other shows and films: ’30 Rock, ‘Will & Grace’ and ‘Cheers’, although these will not stream exclusively on Peacock. Peacock receives ‘Parks and Recreation’ and ‘The Office’ as soon as existing deals with Netflix expire. “Bridesmaids,” “E.T.” and other movies from Universal Pictures, Focus Features and DreamWorks Animation.
A staged version of HBO from AT & T’s WarnerMedia, with approximately 10,000 hours of video at the launch.
Launch date: May 2020
Price: $ 15 per month
Promotions: free for approximately 10 million existing HBO subscribers – those who receive HBO through AT&T distribution platforms such as U-Verse and DirecTV, and those who receive the HBO Now streaming service directly from HBO, instead of a cable or online partner such as Amazon. Free for customers of the higher wireless and broadband offer from AT&T.
Original shows: A prequel to ‘Game of Thrones’ called ‘House of the Dragon’. “Raised by Wolves”, a sci-fi series directed by Ridley Scott. ‘Strange Adventures’, an anthology series by DC Super Hero.
Other shows and films: HBO shows and films, including theatrical releases that have HBO licenses. Programs from the Warner Bros. studio, including “Friends,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” and “Pretty Little Liars.” The animated comedy ‘South Park’. New CW shows “Batwoman” and “Riverdale” spin-off “Katy Keene” will also be available to stream after the end of the season.
Source: The Associated Press
Launch date: February 2007
Price: the basic plan of Netflix is $ 8.99 per month, the standard plan with HD quality – the company’s most popular offering – is $ 12.99 per month and the Premium plan is $ 15.99 per month.
Original shows: Netflix offers more than 1,000 original offers, including Stranger Things, The Crown, Orange Is The New Black, Bojack Horseman and GLOW.
Launch date: March 2008
Price: Hulu offers four service levels: Basic ($ 5.99 per month), Premium ($ 11.99 per month), Basic + Live TV ($ 44.99 per month) and Premium + Live TV ($ 50.99 per month). Basic has advertisements, while Premium is ad-free.
Original shows: Hulu offers considerably fewer originals than its competitor Netflix, with 26. Popular series are The Handmaid’s Tale, Castle Rock, PEN15 and The Act.
Launch date: September 2006
Price: Amazon Video is available for all Amazon Prime members. The Prime membership is $ 12.99 per month or $ 119 per year.
Original shows: Amazon has 39 original shows, including The Man in the High Castle, Bosch, Mozart in the Jungle, Patriot, Sneaky Pete and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel