DisneyLife and YouTube Red launch – a guide to the new TV streaming services

DisneyLife and YouTube launch streaming services – but are they any good? Get the lowdown…

04 Nov 2015

Love movies? You can soon watch the best of Disney and Pixar online with a new streaming service from the animation giant.

DisneyLife, as it is known, isn’t the only new streaming kid on the block. Over in the US, YouTube has launched its own service called Red, which is set for release in the UK next year.

So what exactly can we expect from the two services? And is it worth switching from Netflix, Amazon Prime and Now TV? We take a look at streaming Disney and YouTube style…


Subscribe to this streaming service to access much-loved Disney films, music, books and TV programmes – all through an app on your phone or tablet.

Disneylife Source Techradar

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The monthly fee of £9.99 is cheaper than subscribing to Disney cable and satellite channels, although more expensive than rivals like Amazon and Netflix.

Each family member can create a profile on the app – with thousands of children’s TV episodes, albums, books and movies  available to stream or download.

Watch family favourites like Frozen and The Lion King, as well as the entire back-catalogue of Pixar films.

Little ones will love the old and new classics on offer – though, for bigger kids, there’s no Star Wars or Marvel franchises available at the moment.

The exact release date hasn’t been announced yet but users can register their interest here https://www.disneylife.co.uk/.

Works on: DisneyLife app for iOS and Android, Airplay and Chromecast

YouTube Red

Love watching YouTube but get sick of the adverts that pop up before vids? You can stream YouTube ad-free with this new streaming service.

You Tube _Red _Logo Source Wikipedia

(image source: Wikipedia)

YouTube Red launched in the US on 28 October and is due to arrive in the UK next year.

It costs $9.99 a month (around £6.50) – a small price for watching all the YouTube video and music you like without any adverts interrupting. And that’s across your computer, TV or phone and tablet.

You can save videos for offline viewing for up to 30 days, or listen with the screen off on mobile devices. Everything is available to access wherever you sign in with your Google account.

From early next year, Red will offer member-only access to original content – with new drama and comedy shows featuring popular YouTubers like PewDiePie and Lilly Singh.

YouTube has joined up with Google Play Music (also $9.99 a month). Subscribe to one and get access to the other.

A separate Music app is also on its way – although there’s no release date as yet.

YouTube itself won’t change – if you don’t want to sign up you can still view same videos as before, just with ads.

Works on: YouTube and YouTube Gaming apps for iOS and Android, Apple TV, Android TV, Chromecast, supported smart TVs and consoles including Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U, Playstation 3 and 4

How do they compare with other services?

TV streaming has changed the way we watch shows and movies, with millions of people signed up to on-demand services in the UK. It’s likely you’ll be familiar with some of the existing providers – how do Disney and YouTube match up?



  • £5.99 per month
  • 69 million members worldwide and 4.5m subscribers in the UK
  • Original programmes include House of Cards, Bloodline and Orange Is The New Black

Amazon Prime Instant Video


  • £5.99 per month or £79 for a year’s subscription (works out to £6.58 per month) to Amazon Prime
  • 1.5m subscribers
  • More than 15,000 films and TV shows available to stream
  • Original programmes include Transparent, Hand of God, Alpha House and Catastrophe

Now TV


  • £6.99 a month for TV plus an extra £9.99 a month for films
  • 1.2m subscribers
  • Split into three packages: Movies, Sports and Entertainment
  • 800 films on Sky Movies, 10 channels (live and on-demand) on Entertainment and six Sky Sports channels

Programmes available to watch include Game of Thrones, Mad Men and The Walking Dead


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