February 26, 2021
Disney Plus unavailable title placeholders display years-away premier dates

Disney+ Sure has a Strange Way of Explaining its Unavailable Titles

Disney Plus oddly includes years-away title placeholders for content that’s not currently available on the streaming platform…

The new Disney+ video streaming service is undoubtedly a huge hit. In the first 24-hours alone, it garnered more than 10 million subscriptions and hosted over 2 million hours of its original series, The Mandalorian. The service likewise experienced more than 3.2 million app downloads on the first day. But, it debuted with a number of technical issues, which it overcame.

Disney Plus boasts some of the best content, though its library is much smaller than rival Netflix. And, it turns out, there’s quite a bit missing from the catalog, including: Spider-Man: Homecoming, Spider-Man: Far From Home, Avengers: Infinity War, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, Coco, Incredibles 2, and Ralph Breaks the Internet, among them.

Disney Plus Unavailable Title Placeholders Display Years-Away Premier Dates

How Disney+ deals with these missing titles isn’t to simply leave them off the interface, but in at least some instances, displays placeholders with “coming soon” disclosures.

For instance, 1987’s Adventures in Babysitting, 2018’s Mary Poppins Returns, 2016’s The Jungle Book, and 2018’s Ant-Man and the Wasp, can all be added to personal watch-lists, but aren’t available for viewing until June 1, 2021, January 9, 2021, May 30, 2021, and July 29, 2020, respectively.

That’s right, although these movies are available, Disney+ nevertheless has placeholders for them — even though they won’t be available for some time to come.

Needless to say, it’s a very odd way of dealing with unavailable titles.

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