Hire a dog walker. Set your bills to autopay. Bid farewell to all nonessential relatives.
You’re about to have a lot less free time.
Apple TV+ is here. Disney+ is on its way. And with their high-profile original offerings — and, in the case of Disney+, a 90-year catalog of beloved memories — they’re coming for your streaming dollars.
Here’s a look at some of what to expect from the two new Netflix challengers. Spoiler alert: About the only thing they have in common is the plus sign.
What it is
Apple TV+: The tech giant’s first foray into producing its own, very expensive, original content. It’s being billed as the first all-original video subscription service.
Disney+: A new repository for hundreds of existing movies and TV series, as well as originals, from Disney and its Marvel, Pixar and “Star Wars” subsidiaries.
Apple TV+: Friday
Disney+: Nov. 12
Apple TV+: After a seven-day free trial, it’s $4.99 a month. Anyone who’s purchased a qualifying Apple product since Sept. 10 will receive a free yearlong subscription.
Disney+: $6.99 a month or $69.99 a year
Apple TV+: “The Morning Show,” starring and executive-produced by Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon. It’s a dramatic look at Me Too culture and its effect on a daytime news program when its beloved longtime co-host, portrayed by Steve Carell, is forced out amid allegations of sexual misconduct.
Disney+: “The Mandalorian,” the live-action “Star Wars” spinoff set between the events of the original trilogy and the current one. Writer-director Jon Favreau (“Iron Man,” “The Lion King”) has assembled a cast including Pedro Pascal, Carl Weathers, Nick Nolte, Werner Herzog, Taika Waititi and Trinity Christian graduate Gina Carano.
Other original series available at launch
Apple TV+: “See,” starring Jason Momoa and Alfre Woodard, about a tribe of warriors 600 years from now after most of humanity was killed by a virus that blinded the survivors. “For All Mankind,” from “Battlestar Galactica” creator Ronald D. Moore, about a world in which a Russian cosmonaut was the first man on the moon. And “Dickinson,” a comic, distinctly modern take on the formative years of the titular poet, starring Hailee Steinfeld as Emily Dickinson, that features Jane Krakowski as her mother and a cameo by Wiz Khalifa.
Disney+: “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,” a scripted show in which students prepare for their production of “High School Musical.” “Encore!,” a reality series in which Kristen Bell reunites cast members of various high school musicals to re-create those productions. And “The World According to Jeff Goldblum,” in which the mercurial actor offers his take on a variety of subjects, such as sneakers and ice cream.
Original movies available at launch
Apple TV+: “The Elephant Queen,” a documentary acquired at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, about a mother elephant who leads her family on a dangerous search for a new watering hole.
Disney+: “Lady and the Tramp,” a live-action remake featuring the voices of Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux, and “Noelle,” a holiday film about Kris Kringle’s daughter, starring Anna Kendrick, Bill Hader, Billy Eichner and Shirley MacLaine.
Existing titles available at launch
Apple TV+: None
Disney+: Animated films dating back to Mickey Mouse’s debut in “Steamboat Willie,” the first seven “Star Wars” movies and “The Simpsons.” By the end of its first year, the service promises it will offer more than 7,500 TV episodes and 500 movies.
Original series on the way
Apple TV+: “Servant,” a psychological thriller from M. Night Shyamalan, and “Truth Be Told,” starring Octavia Spencer and Aaron Paul, about a podcaster confronting the man she may have helped wrongly convict of murder.
Disney+: Marvel Cinematic Universe spinoffs “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier,” “Hawkeye,” “Loki” and “WandaVision” and two untitled “Star Wars” spinoffs focusing on Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi and Diego Luna’s Cassian Andor from “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”