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Here’s all the fine print on Disney+

Here’s all the fine print on Disney+
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Disney is giving fans a better idea of what to expect with its Disney+ streaming service when it launches on November 12. In addition to the actual content, Disney+ will come with the following perks and restrictions:

  • With a $7 per month (or $70 per year) Disney+ subscription, you’ll be able to watch on up to four screens at the same time and can download content on up to 10 devices total. (Disney hasn’t said whether you’ll be able to deactivate devices you no longer use.)
  • Each Disney+ account can have up to seven profiles, each with their own recommendations and watch lists. Kids under age 7 will also get a different interface, sorted by character.
  • For offline viewing, Disney+ won’t limit how many movies and shows you can download, beyond what your device’s storage allows, Engadget reports.
  • 4K HDR is included at no extra charge, with Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos support if you have the requisite hardware.
  • Unlike Netflix, which releases entire seasons of its shows at once, Disney+ will opt for a more traditional weekly release schedule for new episodes, CNet reports.
  • CNet also notes that Disney is calling $7 per month an “initial” price, suggesting that the cost will increase as the catalog grows.
  • A report by Cord Cutters News claims that the $13/month bundle of Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ will have stricter stream limits: Hulu will allow just a single stream instead of the usual two, and ESPN+ will allow two streams instead of five. (Disney has not confirmed this officially.)

With 4K and four simultaneous streams, Disney+ is matching the features of Netflix’s $16 per month Premium plan at less than half the price.

UPDATE: Contrary to what Disney told us previously, Disney+ will not have a cap on how many devices subscribers can use. The 10-device limit will only apply to downloads on mobile devices. We’ve updated this story accordingly.

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