The spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 has had a huge impact on large swaths of society. From economic disruptions to the cancellation of most large events, the coronavirus has somewhat dominated public life lately. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the streaming video industry has not been immune to the effects of the virus. As more people stay home for social distancing, some analysts have predicted that streaming video viewership will rise. The hottest new kid on the streaming block, Disney+, has taken advantage of the possible increased viewership this week by announcing that its latest blockbuster “Frozen 2” will be available for streaming three months early. However, that good news comes with a little bad as well. You can watch it free here.
Disney made the announcement about “Frozen 2” streaming two months early in a press release this week, writing that the move is meant to surprise families “with some fun and joy during this challenging period” and that the film’s “powerful themes of perseverance and the importance of family” are “messages that are incredibly relevant during this time.”
“Frozen 2” is now available for streaming in the United States and will be available in Canada, the Netherlands, Australia, and New Zealand on March 17. Disney also made the latest chapter in the Star War saga, “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”, available for early digital purchase in response to the coronavirus.
However good that news is for families stuck at home during this time of social isolation, there is also some bad news for Disney+ and the streaming video world in general. To help stop the spread of the coronavirus, production on several highly anticipated new Disney streaming original series have shut down. Disney has stopped production on the upcoming Marvel series “Loki”, “WandaVision”, “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier”. However, pre-production on “What If…?” and “She-Hulk” remains ongoing.
No matter how crazy the next few weeks get, at least we have the garishly large eyes of Anna and Elsa to get us through. So stay calm, wash your hands, and watch some streaming video. There’s never been a better time to re-watch “The Mandalorian”.