Disney+’s New Update: TV-14 and MA Viewing Options



Disney+ has now added different viewing options and content rating to their platform.

Faith DeSio, Photojournalist

On Wednesday, March 16th, 2022 Disney+ officially launched a new option of viewing. The popular streaming platform now has a TV MA and TV- 14 viewing option along with its original viewing options as well. 

Marvel has had their own television series that originally premiered on ABC such as Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, The Defenders, and The Punisher. These shows were all rated TV MA (for mature audiences). All these shows were available to stream on Netflix for years and were loved by many fans. These fans were saddened to hear that they would be leaving at the end of February 2022. People were confused at where the beloved shows would go after their departure from Netflix, until Disney+ posted that they would have a new home on their streaming platform. 

These Marvel shows were somewhat “unheard of” and “not well known” by surface level fans. This quickly changed after Daredevil’s appearance in Spider-Man No Way Home! These Marvel shows are now candid in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and fans could not be happier. Since they are now officially a part of the MCU Disney wanted them to be able to stream on their own platform, not Netflix. But this caused a little issue, the content rating. 

These TV MA shows would not be able to be on Disney+ in the US because it used to be strictly PG 13 and under shows and movies on the platform. Disney+ decided to change up their style by adding different content ratings for different profiles, controlled by parents. This allows parents to set up different profiles and choose their viewing limits. 

Parents/account owners can control others’ viewing limits by clicking “Edit Profiles”, selecting the profile of their choosing, then entering the account password, and finally selecting the preferred content rating limit for the specific profile. 

Many people have different opinions about Disney’s switch up from their regularly “family friendly” viewing style. One student Kiara Melwani (10) says “I think that it’s a positive thing! I like seeing that now Disney+ has a wider variety of content than just the regular ‘childish’ content.”  

In conclusion, Disney+ has a brand new style this year, allowing for more and more viewing opportunities. Parental controls help to manage the personal watching experience. Shying away from the Disney+ we all know and love, this new addition to the streaming platform can help reach a broader audience.