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Why Disney Plus USA Needs A Content Drop

Our friend from the UK, Ethan Holloway, think it's time to even the playing field between Disney+ USA and the rest of the world.

February 23rd, 2021 was a day for Disney+ subscribers outside of the USA and Latin America to celebrate as Disney dropped hundreds of general entertainment titles like Family Guy and Deadpool this was the sixth brand tile “Star.” But USA and Latin America subscribers didn’t get anything. Let me discuss why these subscribers should get a content drop and some content that Disney should drop for their USA and Latin American subs.

Literally, Every Other Country Got This Type Of Drop (Excluding Hotstar Countries)

This is quite an obvious point, where Disney dropped hundreds of titles for all the other countries where Disney+ was available excluding the USA, Latin America and countries where Disney+ Hotstar exists. Countries like the UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Ireland, got a massive drop of titles like Lost, Family Guy, Bones and Criminal Minds among other titles.

The USA and Latin America never got anything that is equivalent to this Star content drop, obviously, Hotstar countries already had a large number of these titles.

What Can Disney+ USA Do?

PLANET OF THE APES, like DIE HARD and ALIEN are franchises you won’t find on Disney’s USA streaming services due to extensive pre-existing contracts. (C) Disney

I propose a content trade, as Disney+ USA doesn’t add certain titles due to licensing and because of their majority ownership of the green lagoon known as Hulu. Disney should bring more Disney content to the service which is available. For example, Disney+ UK has all of the Die Hard and Alien movies, so what the USA could do is add dozens of Disney branded shows and movies and then slowly share that content so as the USA gets Alien and Die Hard the UK would get some of the series and movies that the USA has. This same thing should be applied to the Latin American countries that currently have the smallest library on Earth.

What Content Could Disney+ USA Make Available?

Okay, now let’s talk about some of the content that we know Disney+ USA can stream from Disney’s library. How do we know this? Some of these titles are already available in other countries.

JUNGLE JUNCTION is one of many titles that Southeast Asian Hotstar services have exclusive access to stream.

Some titles include: 

  • Jungle Junction
  • Dave The Barbarian
  • Owl Pellets
  • Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers
  • Fireball
  • Rocco (Baby TV)
  • Ahoy Pirates! (Baby TV)
  • The Golden Girls
  • Glee

There are thousands of titles in Disney’s vault but many aren’t available for Disney+ USA due to preexisting agreements with services like Prime Video, HBO and Starz. Disney also has the issue of trying not to make Hulu seem undervalued due to Comcast still owning a third of the platform. Some titles in the Disney library that Disney could add to Disney+ which could be shared with Hulu include:

  • Lost In Space
  • M.A.S.H
  • The Great North
  • Futurama
  • Doogie Howser M.D.
  • Mary Tyler Moore Show
  • Home Improvement
  • The Fosters
  • Good Trouble
  • Fresh Off The Boat
  • Cloak and Dagger

Final Thoughts

Whilst Disney+ USA and Latin America didn’t get a Star drop, both territories deserve an equivalent to one in some way. With a cheaper ad-supported tier coming to Disney+ in the USA later this year, hopefully Disney does a drop of around 50-200 titles including titles from the Disney, ABC, Freeform and 20th Century back catalogues.

If Disney+ USA can’t provide more than thirty titles a month for most months the least they can do is a couple of binge dumps of requested series and movies within the Disney catalogue whilst they wait for deals for 20th Century Studios and Touchstone Pictures films to expire, not to mention it would bring more value to Disney+ as a service for both parents and non-parents.

Ethan Holloway
Ethan Holloway
Freelance Writer | Website | + posts

An Autistic Disney, Marvel and Star Wars fan from England. Ethan is an advocate for equal representation in media for people of colour, LGBTQ+, women and people with disabilities. One day he'll be a published author mark his words, but for now, he covers Disney stuff.

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