The Disney Plus streaming service is here

How Netflix’s new competitor works and the top content to watch.

Behemoth streaming service Disney Plus launched in Canada today, Tuesday, Nov. 12 (6 a.m. ET), just in time for Montreal’s first snow day. The Netflix competitor boasts thousands of films and TV series — from the realms of Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar and National Geographic as well as the content we’ve traditionally associated with Disney — including some brand new exclusive content. This is not a streaming service for kids, at least not exclusively.

How it works

Captain Marvel

As with Netflix, Disney Plus content is viewable across all devices: smart TVs, phones, laptops, tablets and gaming consoles. There is a monthly fee ($8.99), as well as a discounted annual fee $89.99 (nearly $18 off, ie. two months free), beginning with a seven-day free trial.

What to watch

Probably the most anticipated exclusive series on Disney Plus is The Mandalorian — with the launch of Disney Plus, its first episode is available now. Created by Jon Favreau and starring Pedro Pascal as Boba Fett, The Mandalorian takes place five years after the action of Return of the Jedi — wait, wasn’t Boba Fett eaten by a pit monster in that? Well, we’ll see. (Werner Herzog and Nick Nolte also appear in the series, so there should be enough weird energy to make it interesting if the bounty hunter adventures don’t cut it.) Watch the trailer here.

The World According to Jeff Goldblum

Among the other exclusive content, The World According to Jeff Goldblum stretches our expectations of National Geographic considerably, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Loki will feed our need for Marvel (though only in 2020 and 2021, respectively) and Lady and the Tramp adds to the pile of Disney live-action remakes just in time for the Christmas season. ■

For more information, and to sign up for Disney Plus, go to their website.