Disney+'s original shows release once a week, and that's one key way Disney+'s show are better than Netflix's. When Netlfix came onto the scene with its original series, it basically pioneered the binge-watching model by releasing full seasons at once. Instead of waiting a week to see the next episodes, Netflix subscribers could sit back and digest an entire season of a show like Daredevil, if that's what they wanted. However, the House of Mouse has decided to not to follow in the footsteps of the original streaming giant in this aspect -- and that's a good thing.
Earlier this month, Disney officially joined the streaming wars with Disney+ to become a competitor of Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, and other new streaming services. The platform launched with hundreds of movies and shows -- both new and old - but so far its biggest draw, like Netflix, is its original content. Disney+ will expand the world of Star Wars and the Marvel Cinematic Universe by developing a long list of shows to be released exclusively on the service. The first live-action Star Wars TV show, The Mandalorian, premiered alongside the launch of Disney+. Coming to the service in late 2020 is The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, the first of many Disney+ shows made by Marvel Studios.
Disney+ hasn't adopted Netflix's approach to releasing its shows. Instead, Disney+ has opted to move away from binge-watching to follow a much more traditional TV model. All of its original shows release once a week. Disney+ may not be able to compete with Netflix in terms of sheer content, but this is one thing that Disney+ is doing better than Netflix.
When Netflix started the binge-watching craze, it was a big hit with subscribers, who liked being able to avoid cliffhangers and wait a week for the next chapter of the story. This completely reshaped the viewing experience, because it allowed Netflix to structure its seasons around the binge-watching model. It knew that the episodes wouldn't be released a week apart from each other. Disney+, on the other hand, is going in the right direction by using a weekly-release model, which will help add to the enthusiasm surrounding its content.
The Mandalorian serves as an excellent example of why Disney+'s model is better than that of Netflix. The Mandalorian is garnering all sorts of attention, and it doesn't seem to be dying down anytime soon. It surprised Star Wars fans with a shocking twist in its first episode, and as the story develops with each episode, The Mandalorian remains a hot topic of conversation. And that's the way it will be for a while, since The Mandalorian will last until the end of December. It's also easier to digest this way, as opposed to taking in all the big reveals and developments in such a short span of time, and allows for much greater "water-cooler" conversations. Being able to binge the entire season in a weekend may be more convenient for some, but it's not nearly as fun.