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How Much Does It Cost To Develop A Video Streaming App Like Disney Plus?

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23 September 2020 disney plus app development

The mobile app industry's progress is tremendous in each sector, starting from essentials to entertainment. And yes, entertainment does include music and video streaming apps that you' al love. What's another most popular video streaming app apart from Netflix and Amazon Prime? Disney Plus! Announced in 2017 by Disney, this streaming app has been competing with other various streaming apps, such as mentioned above.

Those days are gone when people had limited choices in the context of video content. Movies and Television were only for entertainment, but now things have totally changed. Apps like Disney Plus, Netflix, etc. offer a better user experience. Basically, it about curating the most suitable content for the right people. As we all know, on-demand app development has been a buzz in recent years; video streaming apps also are included in those services nowadays.

Disney being the attraction among kids and adults too, has been widely accepted by mass upon its launch. It's an example of how brands with a powerful influence can not just grab mass attention & create a breakthrough but have a pre-decided client base to make the mobile app development cost worth it.

Yes, it also depends on how massive the video streaming app development market is. Looking at the demand, all you can think of is how, to begin with, to create such another successful app and the cost to develop it. Don't worry! This article will cover these questions perfectly to give you an idea of your app's essential features.

Why Is Disney Plus App So Successful?

Disney Plus, an on-demand video streaming app service, offers services ideal for any age group to view movies and TV shows over all of Disney's brands. As per the Sensor Tower report, the app was downloaded around 30 million times in the last quarter of 2019, just after the launch of Disney Plus in mid-November in the States.

There are 3 factors for such a huge success that should be taken into account. They are its stunning features, eye-catchy designs, and original content. Hence, if you plan to develop another app like Disney+, you must closely consider all these factors.

The competition in this sector is high, and nemesis is well-established. Apart from just Disney+, you must also consider other competitors to stand out in the market.

Essential Features for Your Video Streaming App

These features are essential in determining the cost of your app and success as well. Let's look at it in detail so that you can better judge the function of each feature.

1. User Login and Profile

User login is one of the most fundamental features of every video streaming app. For login, there must be a few easy steps to fill in user information. Also, log in through social media is another preferred way of allowing users to log in to your app.

Your app must have the option to link in other social media platforms and allow users to share links to their live streams as a way to allure more users. Your app users should also be given room to save their preferences, view their watch history, and overlook their experiences.

A few things to ask your video streaming app developer to add in the profile section of users are display settings, account settings, help sections, watchlist, login, and log out.

2. Search Feature

Search functionality is one of the most significant features of any video streaming mobile app. There must be some classifications for the users to surf in the app. But, a search feature must be there to find the accurate content from multiple categories.

For example, Netflix has segregated the content in 3 - Genre, Shows, and Movies. However, the app has the feature of search to render convenience to users.

But, since you are just putting your foot in this arena, it is recommended to limit the categories so that your mobile app developers and you will have the alternative to distribute content across multiple categories manually.

3. In-app Video Download

This is the common-most feature that plenty of video-streaming apps have out there. It is undoubtedly one of the essential features. The in-app download function is useful when a user has no web connection or is out of coverage to get it downloaded and view it some other time in offline mode.

4. In-app Purchase

Introducing a new app in an established market is tough, and that is without a doubt. But, if you include this function in your video streaming app, you can get trusted subscribers faster.

It allows users to purchase an app with no extra taps or worry. This way anyone who uses your video streaming app won't find it challenging to buy a membership to a channel or a product through the app.

5. Security from Screen Recording

This function is undoubtedly essential for an app such as Disney+. Such apps' total content is copyrighted and needs a license for streaming elsewhere, so why would one require it to be recorded? This function is not only useful for you but also for your content partners too.

6. Push Notifications

Many American users have 2 to 4 video streaming apps in their phones; the need for the performance of a well-assembled push notifications strategy is evident. It is the thing to help you with keeping the users engaged with your app and not turn to your competitors.

7. Multilingual

Localization is crucial to obtain users. While this statement is true for various mobile app categories, it gets all more real when responding to developing a video streaming platform after all, who won't relish watching content in their local language.

Cost of Developing An App Like Disney Plus

These 3 factors determine the estimation of app development.

- The number of features in your app.
- The platform you want your app to work on.
- The location of your video streaming app development company.

The features mentioned above determined the cost of your app. There is always a difference between apps that cost you $20,000 and cost you $70,000. The mobile app complexity is what the difference is about. The complexity can be Light, medium, and heavy. These include payment gateway, user login, social media integration, search settings, subtitles, advanced video player, reviews, chat, etc.

The next one is the platform you choose, i.e., iOS or Android, or a blend of both that will ascertain your app's cost. The geographical location of your app is the next factor affecting your app cost estimation. The cost in the U.S. will be far higher than that in India. The estimated cost of developing your video streaming app by the best mobile app developers in India can range between $40,000 to $80,000.


Developing a successful video streaming app seems difficult with the vast competition but let's not forget there is a huge crowd for it. At last, the success depends on the features you include in your app and the UI/UX design of your app. There is a vast opportunity for apps like Disney+ in the market right now, and you might want to leverage it while you can.

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