Disney+ hit by technical glitches on launch day

Users who accessed Disney+ were upbeat about content from the Marvel superhero universe, the "Star Wars" galaxy, "Toy Story" creator Pixar Animation and the National Geographic. "But they are banking on subscriptions on a huge scale, with comparable figures to Netflix".

Officially, you can't start streaming The Mandalorian or your favorite Disney classic just yet.

Shares of Disney were up 1.5 per cent, while Netflix shares were down almost 2 per cent.

Disney has estimated it will need to attract at least 60 million subscribers, putting it on a par with Netflix, in order for Disney+ to break even. The entertainment giant has also committed $1 billion to original programming - a far cry from the $12 billion Netflix spent a year ago, or Amazon and Apple's $6 billion budgets. Created and written by Jon Favreau, the episode-which, at a time when many streaming dramas have stretched to hour-long episodes and beyond, clocks in at an economical 39 minutes-boasts a few thrilling action sequences, sly nods to other Star Wars films and a clever final twist that should ensure viewers return for the second episode.

Disney+ is relying on its extensive library of movies and TV shows as well as a new slate of content to take on market leader Netflix Inc and Apple TV+, Apple Inc's newly launched streaming service. He said research shows that consumers are increasingly willing to buy several streaming subscriptions and that Disney's incredible content catalog will be a strong pull. But Disney is betting that what it makes through subscriptions will more than make up for that - at least eventually.

The service will also offer a significant number of Marvel shows, including Loki, Hawkeye, Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

All across social media, users are complaining about a variety of issues - not only with the streaming service itself, but also being able to reach someone in customer support.

Right now, Disney Plus is available in the U.S., with Australia and New Zealand joining on November 19, followed by the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain on March 31, 2020. Next up is Western Europe (Germany, Britain, France, Italy and Spain) on March 31, 2020.

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