Will Disney+ stream in 4K HDR?

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Yes, major news for those of us that have only previously purchased MCU movies in 1080p on iTunes.

The Disney+ service will be available on a wide range of mobile and connected devices, including gaming consoles, streaming media players and smart TVs, and will adjust to the best possible high-definition viewing experience based on a subscriber’s available bandwidth, with support for up to 4K HDR video playback. An unprecedented amount of content will also be available to fans for offline viewing.

All of The Simpsons will stream on Disney+

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Disney buying Fox meant that they also had The Simpsons. Well if like me you’re a fan (up until season 13 at least) the good news is you’ll be able to stream them on Disney+.

Disney+ announced that all 30 seasons of The Simpsons will be available on the service on day one.

What Marvel shows are on Disney+?

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Most of the rumours were true and the line up of Marvel shows look great.

  • The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, a live-action series with Anthony Mackie returning as Falcon and Sebastian Stan reprising his role as Winter Soldier
  • WandaVision, a live-action series with Elizabeth Olsen returning as Wanda Maximoff and Paul Bettany reprising his role as The Vision
  • Marvel’s What If…?, the first animated series from Marvel Studios and takes inspiration from the comic books of the same name. Each episode will explore a pivotal moment from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and turn it on its head, leading the audience into uncharted territory.
  • Marvel Studios’ series Loki starring Tom Hiddleston

When will Disney+ launch in the UK?

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In short it’s vague, I’ve asked for a roadmap but doubt I’ll get it. The service itself seems great but might be a while before we get it here in the UK. My best guess is we will need to wait at least an additional year.

It’s disappointing not to get it on day one given I’m a massive Star Wars and Marvel fan but not much I can do on that one except wait. I’ll update the post once I get some info.

Following its U.S debut, Disney+ will rapidly expand globally, with plans to be in nearly all major regions of the world within the next two years.

Why I cancelled Netflix

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It occurred to me whilst watching something on iTunes the other day, why am I not getting the most out of my Netflix subscription? I was paying for the 4K HDR package but I always fall back to the comfort food of watching a favourite film.

So the next day I made a concerted effort to go through the content and see what I could get into. On searching through the listings it hit me, the original content is just so bleak these days.

My Marvel favourites are all cancelled and whilst I’m waiting for Stranger Things 3 there’s nothing on there that I get any joy from. Unbreakable and Glow are particular highlights for me but one has stopped and the other cancelled so I’m wondering why I paid £9.99 for something I wasn’t watching.

I’ve ended up cancelling my £9.99 with Netflix and put £4.99 of it into DisneyLife instead. It’s not quite Disney+ yet but I have access to all of the Disney back catalog, Pixar, Marvel cartoons and Star Wars. I wanted to finish off season 4 of Star Wars Rebels and get into Resistance so makes sense to me to do this service for a bit.

2019 is going to be very interesting once we get full on Disney+ and Apple offering their own content, time to check on my TV budget.

Could Apple put your content on it’s video streaming service?

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I had a thought last night that I wanted to put down somewhere, thinking aloud so to speak. I’ve been thinking a lot about how I could leave Google and the main sticking point is how I get rid of YouTube. I have a smallish set of creators that I follow and want to see their content but really hate that the suggestions always seem to slant towards the negative and click bait videos. It’s also where most movie companies drop their trailers first so end up being pushed onto their platform some way or other. Oh and don’t forget all the copyright laws being broken.

It got me thinking about the rumoured Apple streaming service and then it hit me.

What if Apple allowed user uploaded content? Think of it like Apple Podcasts in that you create your content and submit a feed. This gets vetted and then approved and hey presto you’re on Apple TV.

I understand that given the volume it wouldn’t be easy to figure out the logistics of it all and the technology behind it but as an idea I like the notion of Apple creating a YouTube competitor.

One main issue though is monetisation. My only thought here is Apple give a percentage of the monthly user fee to the creator.

What’s do you think, am I living in a fantasy world or would you like to see Apple go in this direction?

Removing your smart TV from the internet

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I’ve been using my LG Smart TV for a year or so and before that a Sony but never before considered if I should actually leave it connected to the internet or not. In 2019 I’m starting to think more about where my data is being sent and only using cloud services that I trust. In reading through the terms and conditions of my LG it’s so hard to figure out what is and isn’t being done and sent so I decided to remove it completely from being able to talk to the mothership.

After I logged out of Google etc on the TV apps I made sure I had the latest software update and then disabled WiFi. I am thinking of removing the WiFi details completely but for now just turning off WiFi should be enough.

Instead I’m going to be using the Apple TV for everything streaming. It has all the apps I need and I trust Apple.

I may be being paranoid but for me I feel more comfortable with it not transmitting everything I’m doing. Yes, I’ll need to enable for software updates periodically but I won’t be constantly connected.