Disney Movies, TV Shows to Begin Streaming on Apple Vision Pro Headwear

Disney Jan. 16 announced that beginning Feb. 2, consumers will be able to stream movies on Apple Vision Pro, Apple’s spatial computer headwear.

Disney+ on Apple Vision Pro is the result of innovation and collaboration between multiple technology teams at Disney, including Disney Studio Technology, Disney Entertainment & ESPN Technology, ILM Immersive, and Skywalker Sound, according to Disney.

At launch, viewers can navigate one of four Disney+ environments featuring animations, sounds, and Easter eggs from branded movies and franchises.

“Apple Vision Pro is a revolutionary platform that will bring our fans closer to the characters and stories they love while immersing them more deeply in all that Disney has to offer,” Bob Iger, CEO of The Walt Disney Co., said in a statement.

Disney+ subscribers will be able to stream the entire catalog — including thousands of TV shows and films, plus access to Hulu content for eligible Disney Bundle subscribers — from environments, including the Disney+ Theater, inspired by the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood; the Scare Floor from Pixar’s Monsters Inc.; Marvel’s Avengers Tower overlooking downtown Manhattan; and the cockpit of Luke Skywalker’s landspeeder, facing a binary sunset on the planet Tatooine from the “Star Wars” galaxy.

Vision Pro users will also have access to 3D movies, including Avatar: The Way of WaterAvengers: EndgameStar Wars: The Force AwakensElemental, and Encanto. Vision Pro users can also rent or purchase most 3D movies through the Store tab in the Apple TV app. Users who previously purchased Disney movies that include 3D versions from the Apple TV app will be able to access those 3D versions on Apple Vision Pro at no additional cost.

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Using Dolby Vision and Multiview High Efficiency Video Coding (MV-HEVC), 3D movies on Disney+ will deliver UHD resolution in HDR, unfiltered and independent for each eye, and at a high frame rate for several titles.

MPN Podcast: Netflix Breaks Sub Records With Password Sharing Crackdown; Disney+ Removes Shows; Apple Reveals Vision Pro AR Headset

On this month’s episode of the Media Play News podcast, hosts Charles Parkman and Charlie Showley open with a couple of shows Charlie has started: “Succession” on Max now that the series has concluded Charlie wants to see why it was so highly regarded, and “Manhunt: Unabomber” (available to purchase on Amazon), a docudrama of the events surrounding the capture of the infamous Unabomber. Charles got his hands on a Blu-ray set of the “Fast” franchise and ranks high the first three movies, which were still grounded in reality before the series reinvented itself as superheroes in cars.

The first news item of the episode is the major change in Netflix subscriber policy. The streamer has cracked down on password sharing by requiring different households to either pay extra for additional accounts or pay for a brand new account altogether. The result has been a massive increase in subscriptions for Netflix, which saw a 102% increase in daily sign-ups over a two-day period at the end of May. The hosts strongly believe that, with this win by Netflix, other services will soon roll out similar policies.

Regarding other streamers, Disney+ hasn’t fared quite as well as it drew major criticism for removing a few dozen properties from its offerings, including shows such as “Willow” and “Y: The Last Man.” The hosts discuss the importance of buying physical copies as being the only way to access movies and shows legally since a streaming platform could, at a moment’s notice, decide not to host certain content. They also comment on how this may factor into the ongoing WGA strike, where perhaps future contracts will require streamers to host movies and shows in perpetuity so writers can continue collecting residuals on them.

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Apple has announced its entry into the AR/VR space with its Vision Pro headset, an AR headset that specializes in high-fidelity renderings of its users’ surroundings to project realistic-looking holographic displays. The technology comes at a cost however, with a price tag of $3,500, significantly higher than all other headsets mentioned on the show in the past. Charlie argues that the headset is definitely impressive, but also definitely not a mass-market device so it will be interesting how its next couple versions will be adopted by consumers. It really can effectively replace home theater setups, but then again it may go the way of 3D TVs so it’s too early to make that call.

Apple Unveils Vision Pro Spatial Computer Device, Supporting Disney+, Apple TV+, Movies, 3D and Other Entertainment Content

Apple June 5 unveiled Apple Vision Pro, a spatial computer and augmented reality device that blends digital content with the physical world.

“Vision Pro is a new kind of computer that augments reality by seamlessly blending the real world with the digital world,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said at a company presentation. “It’s the first Apple device you look through and not at.”

Vision Pro creates a canvas for apps that scales beyond the boundaries of a traditional display and introduces a fully three-dimensional user interface controlled by a user’s eyes, hands and voice, according to Apple.

Apple Vision Pro starts at $3,499 (U.S.), and will be available early next year on apple.com and at Apple Store locations in the United States, with more countries coming later next year. 

Featuring visionOS, the world’s first spatial operating system, Vision Pro lets users interact with digital content in a way that feels like it is physically present in their space, according to the company. Vision Pro features an ultra-high-resolution display system with 23 million pixels across two displays (more pixels than a 4K TV for each eye), and custom Apple silicon in a unique dual-chip design “to ensure every experience feels like it’s taking place in front of the user’s eyes in real time,” according to the company.

“In the same way the Mac introduced us to personal computing, and the iPhone introduced us to mobile computing, Apple Vision Pro will introduce us to spatial computing,” said Cook. 

To view entertainment, “with two ultra-high-resolution displays, Apple Vision Pro can transform any space into a personal movie theater with a screen that feels 100 feet wide and an advanced Spatial Audio system,” according to Apple. “Users can watch movies and TV shows, or enjoy stunning three-dimensional movies. Apple Immersive Video offers 180-degree high-resolution recordings with Spatial Audio.”

“You have a gorgeous screen you can adjust to the perfect size,” said Apple’s En Kelly at the presentation, adding the device “automatically dims the surrounding light,” “surrounds you with spatial audio,” and offers a cinema-like viewing experience.

Apple’s streaming service Apple TV+ will be available on Vision Pro, and during the presentation, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that the Disney+ streaming service also will be available on the device “day one.”

“We’re constantly in search of new ways to entertain,” said Iger, adding “we believe Apple Vision Pro is a revolutionary platform.”

“This platform will allow us to bring Disney to our fans in ways that were previously impossible,” he said.

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Spatial computing also makes new types of games possible with titles that can span a spectrum of immersion and bring gamers into all-new worlds, according to the company. Users can also play more than 100 Apple Arcade games on a screen as large as they want, with immersive audio and support for popular game controllers.

The device also features a 3D camera and EyeSight, which helps users stay connected with those around them, according to Apple. When a person approaches someone wearing Vision Pro, the device feels transparent — letting the user see them while also displaying the user’s eyes. When a user is immersed in an environment or using an app, EyeSight gives visual cues to others about what the user is focused on.