From Netflix and Prime Video to the newly launched Disney Plus: have you started paying out more for TV and films to keep entertained during the lockdown?
I write this while sitting on my bed, sharing a room with my sister and having just watched three Disney movies in a row. Is the year 1999?
Sadly not. It’s 2020 and I’m back home with my family for a few weeks while we all self-isolate.
The week an effective lockdown in the UK was announced was probably one of the weirdest weeks in my lifetime. Millions of people across the country now find themselves in their own homes trying to discover new ways to entertain themselves.
So far I’ve dyed my hair, cleaned out the shed, tried to teach sign language to my dogs (we’re getting there) and I’m slowly learning to cook.
TV & film streaming
Disney’s timing has been impeccable. As people across the country exhaust their streaming services of movies and TV shows to watch, Disney Plus has launched in the UK.
The US has already had access to it for some time, so I’ve been keen to see if it could live up to the hype.
But then I thought… haven’t I already paid for these before? My attic is full of Disney VHS tapes from my childhood!
Do I need another expense?
All of this got me thinking further: do I really need to spend £5.99 a month on another streaming site?
After all, I already pay for both Netflix and Prime Video. I love the Disney films I grew up with, but is it worth another expense on top of the ones I have now?
Sure, the government’s current rules and guidelines mean I can’t physically spend my money in pubs and restaurants, but I’m not sure if I’m convinced yet, especially as I feel I’ve already shelled out for some of these films before.
The attic is full of old VHS tapes… now where did I put those DVDs I replaced them with!?
Have you paid for a streaming service since the lockdown began? Which is your favourite? Are you tempted by Disney Plus?
And one more question while I’m here… what’s the best Disney film? Obviously it’s Mulan.