Disney and Apple’s respective streaming services, Disney Plus and Apple TV Plus, have arrived in Canada with a slew of old and original content.On one hand, this is great news: it means greater variety at low prices, as media giants compete for a slice of the streaming public.On the other hand, consumers will likely have to pay more to keep watching all their favourite shows.Disney, for example, has reportedly said it will pull all its movies from Netflix in 2019. Now, if you’re hoping to watch the next season of Netflix’s original series Stranger Things, but your three-year old insists on endless replays of Disney’s Finding Nemo, you’ll have to pay for both streaming services — or make some tough choices.To help you decide, here’s an overview of what you get and what you pay with some of the major streaming services in Canada: Story continues below advertisement
Disney Plus — launched Nov. 12What’s on offer: A subscription grants you access to nearly 500 films and 7,500 episodes of television, with content from Disney, Pixar, Fox, National Geographic, as well as the Star Wars and Marvel franchise. The offering includes 30 seasons of The Simpsons and original offerings such as The Mandalorian, the much-anticipated Star Wars series.Price: $8.99 a month or $89.99 a year after seven-day promotional offer for four devices at once.Apple TV Plus — launched Nov. 1What’s on offer: While the venture counts Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg among its first wave of talent, Apple TV Plus launched at the beginning of the month with just a handful of original programs. That includes The Morning Show, featuring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carell, and See, starring Jason Momoa.Price: $5.99 a month after seven-day trial. Apple is offering the service free for a year with a new Apple device or Apple Music Student Plan.NetflixWhat’s on offer: With its vast rotating offering of Hollywood movies, international fare and network TV hits, Netflix enjoys has the incumbent advantage. It has also become a juggernaut of original content, with blockbuster titles like Stranger Things and Narcos. However, Netflix has lost access to some popular titles as media giants like Disney launch their own streaming services.
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Price: $9.99 per month for the basic plan, $13.99 per month for the standard plan, which lets you watch on two screens at the same time; $16.99 per month for the premium plan — f