In this What’s On Disney Plus Podcast episode, Roger is joined by Josh Shepherd and they discuss the latest additions to the Disney+ back catalog, some hidden treasure, what they think the plan is for Disney+ library content and they discuss the growing awareness of major Legacy Titles being missing on Disney+ .

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Roger Palmer

Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom. Email: Roger@WhatsOnDisneyPlus.com Twitter: Twitter.com/RogPalmerUK Facebook: Facebook.com/rogpalmeruk

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  1. Tom April 13, 2020

    While I did enjoy the podcast, I think you and others on the internet fail to realize is that Disney frontloaded Disney+ with tons of back catalog titles. They knew that the back catalog was not going to be a major focus for the first year. But they gave us a ton of content. And they continue to add more each month. Look at some of the stuff added in the first six months - Proud Family, Star vs Forces of Evil, Austin & Ally to name a few TV shows and a bunch of movies like Splash, Cool Runnings, Doctor Doolittle and a bunch more. What we have to remember that while Disney does have a ton of money and people working for them, they still have a budget for Disney+ and also only so many people. They need to allocate resources to more important parts of Disney+ especially the first year. This is what I envision their order of importance are for Disney+. #1 - Original Content - The Mandalorian proved that the best way to boost subscribers and also to get the kind of publicity they need is through original content. This is where you will see the bigget amount of Disney's resources go. #2 - Expansion - This will eat up alot of resources the first year. It takes alot of time, money and man hours to expand into each of these markets. From contracts, working with different partners to making sure everything is in the native language to advertising. This will eat up alot of resources in the first year. #3 - Imrproving the Service - This covers many things from fixing the aspect ratio of the Simpsons, to make the app work on as many different platforms as possible to fixing bugs and performance issues to adding new features. After the problems with the US launch, it is imperative to not repeat that in any of the other launches. #4 - Adding legacy content - Once again, Disney front loaded this at the beginning. They will continue to add more content but not as much this year as they will in the future. Expect more of the content added to be Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior shows and movies that were on in the last decade. These are the cheapest to add because they are already in HD, they have close caption, they are translated into other languages and they are all family friendly. We have to remember that Disney+ is only six months old. Sure we all want to have every Disney movie and TV show available to us, but we need to be realistic. Disney has other priorities that will affect the overall success of the service more than some older show or movie that may have a lmited audience. I would love to see the Gnome Mobile and Swamp Fox on there, but I also realize that adding them would have little to no effect on the subscription numbers. But being in more markets and having more quality original programming will drastically affect the numbers. And that is where Disney is going to spend the majority of their resources in this first year.

    1. Josh April 13, 2020

      Good insight and analysis To be clear, as this episode states, most fans are probably fine if Disney+ continues the pace they set with April releases - where over 40 library titles are set to release (15 series, 15 shorts, 15 films). If titles keep disappearing, or if they commit to releases and then don't deliver (continuing a pattern), that's where fans will likely express disappointment about Disney's failures to meet expectations.

  2. Alan April 13, 2020

    Thanks so much for your hard work, Roger. Your coverage has been a must for me for the past few months. I've been trying to get into your podcasts, but the sound quality isn't ideal. I hope you would consider improving the technical aspects of these efforts since, like everything else you do, they're very interesting. And, yes, what is the deal with The Muppets Show and Disney? Keep the hard work!

    1. Roger Palmer April 14, 2020

      Unfortunately, I did have some technical issues with the audio of the episode, which resulting in me spending many hours trying to improve the audio on this episode. But I've been testing out different audio setups and settings to try to improve things for the next episode..

  3. Tom April 14, 2020

    I think the issue with the Muppets is more is whether there is enough interest to account for the increased cost for licensing music as well as improving quality of video, etc... I am sure they gauge how many requests they get as well as how much the current Muppet catalog on Disney+ is doing in viewership. If these are low, it makes sense to add something easier and cheaper, like a Disney Channel show. The best way to get Disney to add more Muppets is to increase how much the current catalog is being viewed. If enough people would watch the Muppet shows and movies on there, they may make adding more Muppets a priority.