Disney Stories March 30, 2021

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You can now enter Walt Disney World with just a contactless wave of your iPhone or Apple Watch.

Today, Disney announced the launch of its MagicMobile service, an alternative way to get around the Disney resort electronically, similar to the MagicBand. Apple users can simply add a MagicMobile pass to their Apple Wallet and enter using the NFC reader at the park gates.

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Disney Stories March 24, 2021

PSA: Disney+ is getting more expensive; here’s how to lock in the original rate

Disney+ has been available for more than a year, but if you haven’t subscribed to this streaming service to watch WandaVision, Star Wars, or the nostalgic Disney catalog, you should do it now.

Disney Stories March 12, 2021

iPhone and Apple Watch MagicBand
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Walt Disney World Resort has long offered a MagicBand wristband as an electronic pass, and has now announced an iPhone or Apple Watch MagicBand option.

Instead of purchasing Disney’s own NFC band, you will be able to create a Disney MagicMobile pass that is added to your Apple Wallet. You can then simply hold your iPhone or Apple Watch close to the readers to gain park entry, and charge refreshments and merchandise to your hotel room…

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Disney Stories March 9, 2021

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Disney+ has crossed a major milestone in terms of paid subscribers. Disney CEO Bob Chapek announced during the company’s annual meeting of shareholders that Disney+ now has over 100 million paying subscribers, just 16 months after the service first launched.

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Disney Stories February 2, 2021

Disney+ debuts new $19/month bundle with ad-free Hulu and ESPN+

Disney has officially launched a new bundle deal today, combining Disney+, ESPN+, and ad-free Hulu into a single package. The bundle deal will save you $6 per month, giving you all three services for a total of $18.99 per month.

Disney Stories December 11, 2020

Disney Plus price hike announced, as it adds five years’ worth of subscribers in one year

A Disney Plus price increase has been announced, up $1 from $6.99/month to $7.99/month. Subscribers do get a little breathing space, as Disney is giving more than three month’s notice of the hike: it will take effect on March 26, 2021 …

Disney Stories October 9, 2020

Disney Apple Music
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Disney and Apple have had a close relationship over the decades and the latest integration between the two sees Disney gain a dedicated destination on Apple Music that features the best place to listen to your favorite soundtracks, radio stations, and playlists. The new page also includes seasonal updates, with the current one being a Disney Halloween theme.

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Disney Stories October 5, 2020

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After several years of waiting, it appears that Disney and Apple have reached a deal to make 4K versions of Disney films available through iTunes. A wide selection of Disney movies is now showing as 4K in the iTunes Store, with additional support for Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos.

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Disney Stories September 28, 2020

Sonos and Disney team up on immersive home theater sound ahead of ‘The Mandalorian’ season two

The highly anticipated second season of The Mandalorian is slated for release at the end of October and leading up to the debut, Sonos and Disney have partnered to get the most out of the series with amazing home theater sound.

Disney Stories September 11, 2020

Disney+ testing ‘GroupWatch’ feature, set to roll out more widely this fall

Disney+ has created a lot of momentum with the streaming service gaining over 50 million users in its first five months. Now the platform is testing a new “GroupWatch” feature to make it easy to watch your favorite Disney+ content with friends and family when you’re not together.

Disney Stories September 4, 2020

How to watch Disney’s live-action Mulan on Apple TV, iPhone, iPad

Disney has remade Mulan as a live-action film, and it’s premiering access to the movie through its Disney+ streaming service on Apple devices as well as Roku, Android, and others. Follow along for how to watch Disney’s Mulan on Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, and more.

Disney Stories May 5, 2020

Disney acts to solve coronavirus crunch
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Disney reported its Q2 2020 earnings today, revealing a closer look at how the company has been affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The bright spot in this quarter? Streaming video services like Disney+.

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Disney Stories April 30, 2020

Disney acts to solve coronavirus crunch
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Streaming video services like Apple TV+ and Disney+ are facing a ‘coronavirus crunch’ in their release plans. The lockdown means productions have been put on hold, leaving them with potential holes in their programming schedules further down the line.

Disney+ is reportedly using one of its key advantages in the market to fill those holes …

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Disney Stories April 8, 2020

Free Disney+ streaming service
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Disney+ continues to grow its subscriber base, thanks in large part to expanding availability to new international rollouts. The company announced today that Disney+ has surpassed 50 million subscribers just five months after launch.

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Disney Stories March 24, 2020

Video streaming services get coronavirus boost
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Unsurprisingly, with so many people under lockdown at home, most video streaming services are seeing a huge increase in demand, with many new subscribers.

Disney+ seems to be seeing the biggest boost, with a tripling of its sign-up rate, likely triggered by school closures …

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Disney Stories March 23, 2020

Oprah Talks COVID-19 free show on Apple TV+; Disney+ throttles bandwidth

Apple TV+ has launched a few free Apple TV+ series, Oprah Talks COVID-19. Two episodes are currently available, the first an interview with Idris Elba and his wife …

Disney Stories March 16, 2020

Analyst: Now could be the right time for Apple to buy Disney

With stocks dropping as the coronavirus pandemic spreads, a Rosenblatt analyst said today that the current situation could be an opportunity for Apple to buy Disney. Hypothetically, this acquisition could bring some notable benefits for both companies.

Disney Stories February 25, 2020

Disney CEO Bob Iger expects to keep Apple seat on Apple board
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Disney has announced that CEO Bob Iger is stepping down from his role, effective immediately. Bob Chapek, who served as chairman of Disney parks, will take over as CEO, while Iger will transition to the executive chairman role through 2021.

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Disney Stories February 24, 2020

Disney+ starts pushing UK and Europe discounted plans ahead of Apple TV+ competitor launch

Disney’s streaming service is set to arrive in Europe next month and ahead of the March 24th launch, the company is promoting some special pricing for those who sign up early for a year of Disney+.

Disney Stories February 4, 2020

How to find best Disney+ deal
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Disney reported its fiscal Q1 2020 earnings this afternoon, offering our first look at the performance of its new Disney+ streaming service. In the earnings release, the company revealed that Disney+ currently has over 28 million subscribers following its November launch. Apple, on the other hand, hasn’t offered any details on Apple TV+ subscribers.

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Disney Stories January 24, 2020

Apple TV+ subscribers
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Apple has been pretty coy about the number of Apple TV+ subscribers, but an analytics company cited by the Wall Street Journal puts the number for the last quarter of 2019 at 33.6 million.

That’s more than Hulu and, for the moment, more than Disney+

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Disney Stories January 21, 2020

Disney+ moves up release date of streaming service in Europe, announces pricing

Disney today announced that the Disney+ (Disney Plus) streaming service will launch in the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria and Switzerland earlier than initially announced.

Disney Stories January 14, 2020

TikTok was the most downloaded iOS app
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Controversial video sharing app TikTok was the most downloaded iOS app in the world in the final quarter of last year, according to analytics company SensorTower. The top five were rounded out by YouTube, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Facebook.

TikTok also took second place in the US, despite growing concerns about the app…

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Disney Stories November 26, 2019

‘Clicker for Disney+’ is a macOS app with picture-in-picture, Touch Bar controls, more

Earlier this year, we told you about Clicker for Netflix, a macOS app designed for watching Netflix with a native Mac experience. Now, that same developer is back with Clicker for Disney+, which offers many of those features but for Disney’s new streaming service.

Disney Stories November 19, 2019

How to switch Disney+ plans or cancel before your free trial ends

Have you tried out Disney’s new streaming service and decided it’s not for you? Or maybe you’ve realized you want a different plan? Read along for how to switch plans or cancel Disney+ before your free trial ends.

Disney Stories November 13, 2019

How to use Disney+ with the Apple TV app and Up Next

Whether you’re just getting started with Disney+ or are already familiar with it, follow along for how to use Disney+ with the Apple TV app and Up Next features for a synced viewing experience.

Disney Stories November 12, 2019

PSA: Unable to connect to Disney+? It’s not just you, it’s them… [U: Tweet]

Disney+ launched slightly early today, the iOS and Android apps giving access ahead of the official launch at 3 am ET – but some subscribers have found themselves seeing an ‘Unable to connect to Disney+’ message.

Update: Disney has acknowledged the issue in a tweet, below …

Disney Stories November 11, 2019

Looking for the best Disney+ deal? Check out these bundles, promos, and more

Ready to sign up for the highly anticipated Disney+ streaming service but aren’t sure which plan is the best option? Read on for how to find the best Disney+ deal as we cover promos and bundles compared to the basic subscription plan options.

How to watch Disney+ on iPhone, iPad, MacBook, Apple TV, and more

The House of Mouse has spent the last few years buying up almost every entertainment brand and franchise worth mentioning. Now, it’s poised to unleash what is quite probably the most formidable content library in the world upon the masses. Yes, Disney Plus is here and if you’re champing at the bit to dig into it, we’re here to help you get started on iPhone, iPad, MacBook, Apple TV and more!

Disney Stories November 7, 2019

Free Disney+ streaming service
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Following the launch of Apple TV+ last week, we’re now approaching the debut of Disney+. In an interview with CNBC today, Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed that Disney+ will be coming to Amazon’s Fire TV platform — much like Apple TV+.

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Disney Stories October 25, 2019

Disney+ partners with Jim Henson Co. for new puppet talk show

The Disney+ streaming video service that’s set to launch just after Apple TV+ next month has signed a deal with Jim Henson Co. for a comedy talk show that will further bolster its programming.

Disney Stories October 22, 2019

Bob Iger Tim Cook
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As the streaming wars continue to heat up, Disney CEO Bob Iger isn’t worried about the pricing of Disney+ competitors. While Disney+ is $7 per month, Apple TV+ undercuts that at $5 per month. Iger, however, thinks Disney+ will easily be able to differentiate itself.

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Free Disney+ streaming service
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Verizon has announced today that it will be giving both new and existing customers a free year of Disney’s upcoming streaming service. That’s a great perk and comes in addition to Apple Music being included with some of the carrier’s unlimited plans.

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Disney Stories September 30, 2019

Free Netflix episodes offered as competition with Apple TV+ and Disney+ looms

With Apple TV+ and Disney+ both set to launch in November, Netflix seems to be trying a new marketing tactic: free Netflix episodes for non-subscribers…

Disney Stories September 13, 2019

Bob Iger Tim Cook
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Even though Disney’s CEO Bob Iger previously suggested that the impending launches of Apple TV+ and Disney+ wouldn’t mean he’d have to leave Apple’s board of directors, we’ve learned today that he has resigned that position.

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Disney Stories August 28, 2019

Disney Plus discount offer crashes website, adds to Apple TV+ pressure

A Disney Plus discount offer has further added to concerns about how much Apple can realistically charge for its upcoming Apple TV+ streaming video service…

Disney Stories August 24, 2019

disney+ 4K
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Ahead of its launch this November, we continue to learn more about Disney+. This week, Disney again showcased its upcoming streaming service at the D23 Expo in California, offering new details on what exactly the $6.99 per month price tag will get you.

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Disney Stories August 19, 2019

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Disney today confirmed new availability details for its upcoming Disney+ subscription streaming service, which goes live in the US on November 12 for $6.99 per month.

The company confirmed that it will roll out apps for iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. Interestingly, they will also let you subscribe to Disney+ from inside the app, which means Apple will be able to take its typical 15% to 30% commission on subscription revenue.

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Disney Stories August 6, 2019

We should learn more about Disney+ today
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Disney today announced the long-awaited bundle option for its collection of streaming services. When Disney+ launches on November 12, you’ll be able to sign up for a bundle of Disney+, ESPN+, and Hulu for $12.99 per month.

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Disney Stories May 14, 2019

Disney buying Comcast’s stake in Hulu in deal likely to benefit both sides

Disney is buying Comcast’s stake in Hulu, giving it full control of the service with immediate effect, although the actual purchase doesn’t complete until 2024 …

Disney Stories April 12, 2019

Disney CEO Bob Iger expects to keep Apple seat on Apple board
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Disney CEO Bob Iger has said that he expects to remain on the board of directors at Apple despite the fact that the two companies will be launching rival streaming video services later in the year.

Iger and Steve Jobs developed a close partnership through Pixar, and Tim Cook invited Iger to join Apple’s board after Steve’s passing …

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Disney Stories April 11, 2019

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As anticipated, Disney this evening offered the closest look at yet at the upcoming Disney+ streaming service. The company previewed the standalone Disney+ application, while also offering details on bundling and more.

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We should learn more about Disney+ today, ahead of Apple TV+ launch

We should learn more about Disney’s upcoming streaming service, Disney+, as the company is expected to share details later today. Both Disney and Apple are set to launch their services later in the year …

Disney Stories March 20, 2019

Disney takeover of 21st Century Fox completes
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Less than a week before Apple is set to officially announce its streaming video service, Disney has completed its takeover of most of 21st Century Fox.

The deal was first set in motion back in December 2017, and finally completed at midnight, creating a new entertainment giant …

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Disney Stories March 7, 2019

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Alongside the launch Apple’s upcoming streaming service, Disney is prepping the launch of its own Display Plus platform. Speaking to shareholders today, Disney CEO Bob Iger offered more details on the Disney Plus service, including that the service will contain “the entire Disney motion picture library.”

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Disney Stories March 5, 2019

Disney’s Bob Iger seat on Apple’s board could be at risk as both companies plan to launch video streaming service later this year

Apple’s push into original TV and movies could be a potential problem for Disney CEO Bob Iger as he currently holds a seat on Apple’s board. Both companies are set to launch video streaming services sometime this year.

Disney Stories February 6, 2019

Disney plans to license content for its upcoming video service, not just originals

While details on Apple’s upcoming video streaming service remain sparse, Disney is preparing to launch its Disney+ standalone service soon. And while Disney certainly has a giant catalog of original catalog, it sounds like Disney+ won’t be limited to the Disney’s own content.

Disney Stories November 19, 2018

‘LEGO The Incredibles’ RPG for macOS coming on November 21, pre-order and trailer now available

The Incredibles 2 movie from Disney and Pixar was released to own earlier this month, and now the family friendly film is getting LEGO-fied into a Mac game after debuting on Windows and console systems earlier this summer. Feral Interactive has shared a new trailer for the upcoming LEGO The Incredibles RPG for macOS ahead of its launch.

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