At the time of this writing, we're less than 24 hours away from the debut of Disney+, a streaming service that feels like the biggest challenge to Netflix's crown. The service will not only feature the majority of Disney's classic back catalog of films but will also house the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, every Star Wars film (as well as the highly anticipated Star Wars series The Mandalorian), every episode of The Simpsons, and much, much more. They more than likely already have your $6.99, but therein lies the problem: as of right now, no one knows how we'll be able to access Disney+ on November 12.
24 hours until Disney+ launches and still no app in iOS App Store. pic.twitter.com/3zV3MF0qyW— Randall Gardner (@randydgardner) November 11, 2019
so, is there going to be a #DisneyPlus app? Seems odd to not roll that out before the service launches, no?— Chopz (@Pchopz_) November 11, 2019
I just wanna know when the Disney + app becomes available— Kakashi Hitake (@woody__justin) November 10, 2019
When is the Disney Plus app going to drop on iOS and TVOS? pic.twitter.com/Huh3ZDxO5P— OmariWorld (@OmariWorld) November 11, 2019
That's just a small taste of the comments about the forthcoming release of Disney+, but it makes sense why they'd be going so hard. The house that Mickey Mouse built owns some of the most beloved IP across the globe; everyone and their moms have already pre-ordered the service, which in itself seems weird; what does one get from pre-ordering a streaming service? That said, we're here now...will Tuesday, November 12, 2019 be an entire shit show? That's hard to say.
Disney hasn't gone into Disney+ blind; back in September, Disney soft-launched Disney+ in the Netherlands (for free!), which seems like a solid testing ground for this kind of service. Sure, it isn't the cavalcade of streaming that'll be going on when the entire United States and Canada gets their hands on Disney+, but it's a start. They're even pulling in unsurprising streaming data—of course Star Wars and Marvel content is the most-viewed on the service during this trial—and as of right now, there's no word on any issues in terms of overloaded servers or anything, but that's something Disney took into account when building Disney+.
Back in August, Disney streaming services president Michael Paull told The Verge that they are “thinking very much about [overload]. Fortunately, we’ve had the experience with Game of Thrones, we’ve had the experience of ESPN+ with the big pay-per-view events that we’re doing with UFC exclusively on our platform. We’re getting big bursts. We’ve built capabilities to sustain that, both in terms of processing the transactions that all come in — in a very, very short period of time — as well as the streams.” That's encouraging, but when it's game time, shit can go left.
Somehow, there's a trickling of information regarding the performance of the app (which we still currently don't know how to access) and things seem...fine?
They've tried to work out bugs on most platforms during the trial market run in the Netherlands, but I'm sure they didn't get them all. Chromecast ING seems to have the most issues right now, but the apps for Amazon Fire TV, LG TVs and Samsung TVs haven't been betad at all....— Ara Wagoner📱🏰🎶 (@AraWagco) November 11, 2019
Can watch some things already on Disney+, using the Xbox One app but had to be downloaded through a foreign version pic.twitter.com/AoK4c9r3nL— Brandon (@brandonh83) November 11, 2019
I messed around with the Disney+ app on Xbox last night and it was pretty clean and easy to navigate. Granted there was only four or five things listed— BLUE HARVEST (@BlueHarvestPod) November 11, 2019
That sounds promising less than 24 hours out, but if you listen to some people out there, there's a cause for concern when it comes to Disney rolling out new services that should be taken into consideration.
It blows my mind they’re not making the app available until tomorrow. I can’t think of a single IT solution Disney has rolled out effectively. So I would think they would want to get as many people downloaded and authenticated early as possible. https://t.co/f6HlkZvdrm— Nitro (@Nitro230) November 11, 2019
So @disneyplus goes live in 3 days and there is still no app yet. If you’ve ever dealt with using the Disney World website during free dining you know how *well* Disney prepares when they know masses are coming to their site soooo don’t expect miracles #DisneyPlus— Ryan K. (@RebelGuy2003) November 10, 2019
It happens. One would hope that, in 2019, Disney of all companies could easily launch a streaming service without major hiccups. Not releasing an app before the launch might've been an anxiety-inducing misstep, but let's keep it a buck: you know damn well you'll be lined up to check out Disney+ whenever the app is available. Until then...
(Me refreshing my devices for the Disney Plus app) pic.twitter.com/xBF5sIEg1D— Jim Scroggs, Smiling Politely (@JHScroggs) November 10, 2019