It was bound to happen sooner or later, Disney+ vs Netflix. With more streaming services available to consumers the inevitability of big-budget projects released at the same time will now happen between Disney+ and Netflix. With a minor pushback from Disney+, we now have Obi-Wan Kenobi and Stranger Things releasing on the same day, May 27th. Both highly anticipated projects were expected to release earlier but suffered setbacks due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Now the two juggernaut streaming services of Disney+ and Netflix will go head-to-head on May 27th to see who will win the streaming wars.
Obi-Wan Kenobi was originally scheduled to premiere on Wednesday, May 25th in line with Disney+ strategy of releasing new episodes on Wednesdays. The premiere date got pushed back to align with Star Wars Celebration and the panel scheduled with its release date. Waiting two more days for the premiere episode will be nothing compared to the years Star Wars fans have been waiting for this project to be made. The premiere date being pushed back also came with the news that the first two episodes will premiere on May 27th. With the hype of another round between Kenobi versus Darth Vader, this limited series will have Star Wars fans of all ages rushing to watch the epic battle.
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The positive for Stranger Things is Netflix’s continued strategy of releasing its content in full for viewers to binge-watch. While this season is split into two volumes with the first volume releasing on May 27th and the second volume on July 1st subscribers won’t have to wait each week for a new episode like Obi-Wan Kenobi. Stranger Things continues to be one of Netflix’s strongest franchises and has a strong fan base. While this won’t be the final season of the show, the fifth season will be the final season, the cliff-hanger ending to season three will have fans rushing to see how things have played out this upcoming season.
It will be interesting to see if either will release any information regarding streaming viewership. While there was very little competition with the release of Black Widow and Jungle Cruise Disney was very eager to release its streaming numbers during the pandemic. Since then with the release of other studio projects, Disney has been quiet about releasing streaming numbers besides its increasing subscription numbers. We will have to wait and see what announcements either Netflix or Disney will have after both releases.
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