As streaming services continue to play the ever-elusive shell game in which our content is at the mercy of intellectual property acquisition and purging, it only makes sense that there is a need for physical media. Disney seems to be well aware of this fact, and for the first time will be selling a number of shows on Blu-ray that have only been available for streaming up to this point in time, according to The Verge.
The Mandalorian, Loki, and WandaVision physical copies become available to purchase at the end of August.
In other words, if you don’t want to pay month-to-month for streaming, or simply want to collect physical copies of your favorite shows, then you’re in luck, because starting August 28, you will be able to preorder physical copies of The Mandalorian, Loki, and WandaVision.
Each Disney Blu-ray will include a number of goodies that will certainly make you want to throw down your credit card. Not only will the Blu-rays be contained within SteelBook packaging along with collectible concept art cards, but fans of each series will be pleased to know that each series will include special behind-the-scenes footage, outtakes, and deleted scenes.
Though we’re aware of the above-mentioned three titles being released, it has also been rumored that The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will be getting a physical release at some point in the near-future.
At the time of this writing, we don’t know what kind of price point these Disney Blu-rays will have, but we have been clued into the release dates. Loki: The Complete First Season will see a release on September 26, and WandaVision: The Complete Series will make its rounds on November 24. The Mandalorian will be split into two different releases for season 1 and season 2, but they’ll both be available on December 12, 2023.
Not only will the Blu-rays be contained within SteelBook packaging along with collectible concept art cards, but fans of each series will be pleased to know that each series will include special behind-the-scenes footage, outtakes, and deleted scenes.
Selling physical copies of exclusive shows is a great move on Disney’s part for a number of reasons. On one hand, giving customers the option to purchase physical media instead of subscribing allows them to enjoy the series without having the month-to-month financial commitment, especially if they just want to watch a couple of series.
But more importantly, the satisfaction that comes along with owning something outright like we did before the advent of streaming has only become more appealing.
Disney+’s Ad-Supported Tier
Disney has also recently made waves by offering an ad-supported tier on their streaming services. According to Disney CEO Bob Iger’s financial report, the ad-supported tier has been instrumental in gaining subscribers at a rapid rate. In fact, 40 percent of all new subscribers are using the ad-supported tier.
In addition to the ad-supported tier, Disney will be rolling out an ad-free bundle package with Hulu for $19.99 a month starting October 12, 2023.
In other words, Disney is truly tuning into their audience and giving them what they want.
If you want to save some money but still want access to Disney+, then the ad-supported tier makes sense. If you don’t like advertisements and your budget allows it, then you can sign up for the bundle package. And if you think streaming is evil but don’t want to miss out on Loki, then you can buy the Blu-ray.