Disney+ vs Netflix in 2024 - 7 Things You Need to Know

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Two of the biggest names in entertainment, Disney+ vs Netflix would be the main event of any fight night. They both have their pros and cons, hosting premiere content exclusive to their respective services. Now let’s take a look at how they do in each other's wheelhouse.

A quick overview of both services

Everybody knows Disney+, but its Disney-exclusive library may not be a draw for everyone. Although, the introduction of parental controls and mature content indicates a change.

Netflix is another well-known name that needs little introduction, revolutionizing how we watch TV. However, the binge pioneer has been dabbling with a variety of releases, from award-winning films to reality tv.

The table below gives a brief overview of what both services offer in terms of content, features, and prices.

Disney+Netflix
PricingBasic: $7.99/month
Premium: $10.99Standard w/ ads: $6.99
Standard: $15.49/month
Premium: $19.99
Free Trial LengthNoneNone
Popular ContentThe Book of Boba Fett
Man in the Arena
SnowdropBetter Call Saul
Money Heist
Narcos
Original ContentThe Beatles: Get Back
Moon Knight
Secrets of Sulphur SpringsBridgerton
Don’t Look Up
Mindhunter
Home Theater Features4K UHD, Full HD (1080p)
HDR, Dolby Vision
IMAX Enhanced
Dolby Atmos
5.1 Surround Sound4K, Full HD (1080p), SD (480p)
HDR
5.1 Surround Sound
Dolby Atmos
Offline ViewingYesYes
Device SupportWeb, Mac, Windows, Chrome OS, Android, iOS, Fire Tablet, Apple TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, Roku, PlayStation, Xbox, Android TV, Smart TVs, Cable STBsWeb, Windows, Android, iOS, Fire Tablet, Windows Phone, Apple TV, Chromecast, Facebook Portal, Fire TV, Nvidia Shield, Roku, PlayStation, Xbox, Smart TVs, Blu-Ray Players, Cable STBs
Simultaneous Streams42-4

Disney+ offers better prices

Disney+ has two plans to choose from: Basic (with ads) and Premium (ad-free). A price increase is on the horizon for the Premium plan, but it’ll still be cheaper than Netflix’s Standard ad-free plan.

And if you’re concerned about not having a wide enough range of content, you can opt for one of the Disney Bundle plans, which includes subscriptions to Hulu and ESPN+ as well.

Disney+ Basic

Get 3 HULU, DISNEY Plus, ESPN

  • On demand content
  • Stream on four screens
  • HD and 4K video quality

$7.99/month

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Disney Bundle Duo Basic

  • Includes Disney+ and Hulu
  • On demand content
  • Stream on four screens

$9.99/month

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Disney+ Premium

  • No ads
  • Stream on four screens
  • HD and 4K video quality
  • Offline viewing

$13.99/month

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Disney Bundle Trio Basic

  • Includes Disney+ Hulu and ESPN+
  • On demand content
  • Stream on four screens

$14.99/month

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Disney Bundle Duo Premium

  • Includes Disney+ and Hulu
  • On demand content
  • Stream on four screens
  • Offline viewing
  • No ads

$19.99/month

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Disney Bundle Trio Premium

  • Includes Disney+ Hulu and ESPN+
  • No ads
  • On demand content
  • Stream on four screens
  • Offline viewing

$24.99/month

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Netflix recently changed their plan up, now having three plans to choose from: Standard with ads, Standard, and Premium.

Netflix Standard with Ads

  • Stream on two screens
  • On demand content
  • HD video quality
  • Downloads on up to two devices

$6.99/month

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Netflix Standard

  • No ads
  • Stream on two screens
  • HD video quality
  • Downloads on up to two devices

$15.49/month

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Netflix Premium

  • No ads
  • Stream on four screens
  • HD and 4K video quality
  • Downloads on up to six devices

$22.99/month

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Neither service offers a free trial

There’s really no winner here, because neither service offers a free trial. They also have strict no refund policies. Disney+ wins more or less by forfeit. At least they’ll give you a refund within 3 days of purchase–if you haven’t watched anything.

Netflix has the broader content library

Netflix offers a far more robust selection of content than Disney+, since they house both Netflix exclusives as well as licensed content from all studios. On Disney+, you can only watch what’s owned by Disney, and while that’s still a lot, the variety doesn’t compare to what Netflix has to offer.

What to Watch on Disney+

Disney+ keeps things tidy by organizing shows and movies into 5 content hubs: Disney, Marvel, National Geographic, Pixar, and Star Wars. But there are plenty of titles that don’t fall so neatly into these characters, like the FOX acquired shows and movies, so you’ll have to do some searching to see what all else Disney+ offers.

Some popular Disney+ original titles are:

  • Turning Red
  • The Mandalorian
  • Howard
  • Welcome to Earth
  • The Wonder Years

Take a look at our Disney+ Content Library and List of Titles for a deeper dive into what’s available.

What to Watch on Netflix

After Disney+ announced it was leaving Netflix to start its own streaming service, Netflix quickly put to sleep any worries about content. Its original content has been nominated for numerous Emmys, Oscars, Grammys, Golden Globes, and more.

Some of the hottest TV shows in the past 10 years have come from Netflix, including Stranger Things and Ozark. And with Netflix spending billions on content each year, the trend is bound to continue.

Here’s a variety of Netflix original shows and movies worth checking out:

  • The Crown
  • Disenchantment
  • Emily in Paris
  • The Power of the Dog
  • The Witcher

Both streamers offer 4K streaming options

Disney+ boasts an excellent slate of audio and video options, with numerous titles in 5.1 surround sound. And the growing list of titles in 4K UHD, HDR (high dynamic range) video, and Dolby Atmos audio, are bound to please most home theater enthusiasts.

The default HDR format is HDR10, but select titles support the even more dynamic Dolby Vision. And if that’s not enough, you’ll also find IMAX Enhanced content, which enables you to see every part of the original shot captured by the camera.

All Netflix plans support Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound, but you’ll need the Premium plan to enjoy the select titles available in Dolby Atmos.

Furthermore, the two HDR formats that are supported, Dolby Vision and HDR10, both require the Premium plan, which is also what you need for watching 4K UHD. The Standard plan, Netflix’s most popular, streams at Full HD (1080p).

Download unlimited titles with Disney+

This is a tight race, as Disney+ and Netflix both allow downloading content to watch offline. But Disney+ gets the nod for a couple of reasons.

Disney+ allows unlimited downloads on up to 10 devices that have the app. It’s available on Mac, Windows, and Chrome OS, meaning you can download to your laptop–which is great for long flights.

Netflix allows up to 100 active downloads for 2 devices with the Standard plan or 4 devices with the Premium plan. Downloads are not available for the Standard with ads plan.

The Netflix app is on Windows and Chromebook, but if you’re on a long flight with a Macbook, you’ll be stuck with whatever the airline offers.

Both services have great device support

It’s another slim margin victory as Netflix edges out Disney+. You’ll be hard pressed to find a modern device that doesn’t support Netflix. It’s one of the few streaming services to support Windows Phone and Facebook Portal. Practically every new TV comes Netflix-ready, as do many cable TV set-top boxes (STBs), and even some Blu-Ray players.

Check our Netflix device support article to see a full list of supported devices.

Laptop-wise, Disney+ can be viewed on web browsers, Chrome OS, Mac, and Windows. It’s also on Android, iOS, Fire Tablets, all major streaming media players, Android TV, smart TVs, and STBs.

For the full picture, check out the full list of Disney+ supported devices.

Watch on more screens for less with Disney+

There’s no contest here. Both Disney+ plans allow 4 simultaneous screens. Netflix requires you to get their Premium subscription for 4 streams. Otherwise, you get 2 with the Standard with ads and Standard plans.

Disney+ lets you create up to 7 profiles to Netflix’s 5, and both have “kid profiles” with parental controls. Netflix even lets you block specific shows or movies.

Our takeaway: Pick the streamer that works best for you

Both services are at the top of the industry, and you can’t really go wrong with either. But if you’re looking for a cable TV replacement, you’ll be more satisfied with Netflix. It’s got a wider range of content, as well as some of the most bingeworthy (and award-winning) originals on the planet.

Disney+ is also a great deal–especially for families with kids. And with all signs pointing to the Mouse adding more content for parents, this matchup between two heavyweights might have a different outcome next time around.

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Douglas Wright is a freelance writer based in Japan. A former web designer and technical writer, he left beautiful Vancouver for bustling Tokyo, where he spent a decade recruiting for software and high-tech firms. No longer commuting through the world’s busiest train station, he writes fiction and a wide range of formats for clients around the world. When he gets AFK, he’s either outdoors with his two boys, streaming a show with his wife, or reading a book over a French-pressed, hand-ground coffee.

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