The streaming service is reportedly surveying some of its users about adding older-skewing content to its library. According to a number of Disney+ subscribers, the streamer is sending a survey to selected users, asking how likely they would be to watch the following TV series: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Modern Family, How I Met Your Mother, Black-ish, and Malcolm in the Middle. Each TV series comes with a drop-down list of choices: definitely would not watch, probably would not watch, may or may not watch, probably would watch, definitely would watch, and don’t know this show.
It was an email that I received. pic.twitter.com/e8vUyYmQds
— Mark (@Griddlemarks) March 25, 2020
The six shows mentioned in the survey all aired on network television, so none of them is really adult-only content. They, however, are more suggestive than most of the movies and series currently streaming on Disney+.
For instance, Buffy the Vampire Slayer has quite a lot of sex in it. Firefly, meanwhile, includes barely covered nudity and even features a “Companion,” the 26th century cross between a geisha and an escort or mistress. While both shows are rated TV-14, adding them to the streamer’s lineup will somehow defy Disney’s long-standing family-friendly reputation.
Some Redditors, however, don’t see any problems with Disney+ adding more mature content to its library, commenting that the streamer can simply lock adult content from kid’s accounts, just like what its rival Netflix is doing. Some Redditors also think that adding more mature content to Disney+’s library can help the streamer earn new subscribers, especially now that people are stuck at home due to the coronavirus pandemic.
However, on the other hand, adding more adult-oriented shows on Disney+ may eventually affect the number of new content for Hulu, which Disney has positioned as its streaming brand for bolder and more provocative titles.