Disney is going from strength to strength. Thanks to the purchase of 20th Century Fox, and a string of recent successful films in the Marvel franchise (not to mention that Avengers: Endgame is now ranking as the highest-grossing film of all time), Disney is a powerhouse when it comes to entertainment. Now we can add ‘video streaming service’ to Disney’s list of assets, with the announcement of the official launch of Disney Plus (or Disney+).
We’ve known for a while that Disney+ would launch soon, and now that time is here. After Disney initially only released details for the US streaming platform, Aussie Disney fans can now rejoice as we are one of the first countries to get access to this much-anticipated streaming service.
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When will Disney+ launch in Australia and how much will it cost?
With the initial announcement earlier this year, Disney+ confirmed it is set to launch in the US on 12 November, 2019, for US$6.99 a month. This is cheaper than Netflix’s US pricing, so it’s clear that it’s a big move for Disney to launch a truly competitive video streaming service to rival Netflix. In the US, customers have access to a special bundle with Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu for US$12.99 per month (not available in Australia or NZ).
As part of the global roll out, Australia has been named as one of the lucky four countries outside of the US to receive access to the Disney+ platform in 2019. Australia now has access to Disney+ as of November 19, 2019, and it costs AU$8.99 per month (or $89.99 for a year, which works out to be around $7.50 per month, or a 16.6% saving). This is a bit cheaper than the basic plans for both Stan and Netflix. Disney Plus first launched in The Netherlands on 12 September, then in Canada and the US on 12 November, followed by Australia and New Zealand on 19 November, rolling out to more countries in the following two years. It’s also worth noting that at this point the monthly or annual prices are the only subscriptions on offer, rather than the tiered subscription format that other platforms, like Netflix and Stan follow. This means that at the time of launch, the $8.99 AUD monthly price (or $89.99 annual price) is all you will need to pay for full access to Disney+.
While there is no dedicated streaming platform for all of Hulu’s content in Australia, Stan currently has the rights to several Hulu shows, including The Handmaid’s Tale. You also won’t see any of this content on the Disney+ platform, as Disney+ is a strictly family-friendly streaming service.
What will I get with a Disney+ subscription?
Here is what you can expect with your Disney+ subscription. For your monthly or annual subscription price, you’ll get:
- Unlimited downloads: Download shows and movies on up to 10 devices, with no limits on the number of times a title can be downloaded. The amount of titles you can store at one time depends on your device’s storage capacity.
- High-quality video: 4K Ultra-HD video quality will be available on select content, but viewing in this quality depends on your device’s capabilities and internet connection.
- Commercial-free playback: As to be expected, you’ll have unlimited access without having to view commercials.
- Multiple profiles: Add up to seven different profiles and customise with avatars based on your favourite Disney, Pixar, Marvel or Star Wars characters.
- Multi-screen viewing: With multiple profiles comes the ability to simultaneously stream on up to four registered devices.
- Language choices and accessibility: Support for English, Spanish, French and Dutch will be available at launch, along with closed captioning and descriptive audio and navigation assistance for viewers with disabilities (only available on selected titles).
How much is a Disney+ subscription in Australia?
There are two plan options to choose from – a monthly subscription at $8.99 per month, or prepay for a year at $89.99 and save on the monthly cost. Both plans include the same features, with unlimited downloads and the ability to stream on up to four screens at the same time.
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How can I watch Disney+?
Disney+, much like Stan and Netflix, will be available as an app on both Apple and Android devices, so you can stream Disney+ on your iPhone, Samsung Galaxy phone, or any other iOS and Android-compatible devices including tablets, Apple TV and Google Chromecast and a selection of smart TVs. You’ll also be able to access apps through gaming devices including Microsoft’s Xbox One and the Sony PlaySation 4. Currently the Disney+ app is not available on Fetch TV or Telstra TV.
What shows and movies will be on Disney+?
Disney has confirmed that within the first year it will launch with more than 30 original series, as well as 15 original films, documentaries and specials including the much-anticipated live-action Star Wars series (The Mandalorian). There has been confirmation on several new shows in the works from Disney, including from the Star Wars universe: a yet-to-be-titled Star Wars series centring around the Rogue One character Cassian Andor, plus a newly announced Obi-Wan Kenobi series with Ewan McGregor reprising his role of the much-loved Jedi master.
Marvel fans of course have several series to look forward to centred around popular Marvel Cinematic Universe characters Loki, Hawkeye, The Falcon & The Winter Soldier, and Wanda & Vision. We’ll also see the introduction of some other Marvel characters with new shows centred around Ms Marvel, Moon Knight and She-Hulk.
Of course, Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Animation Studios will also have content, including a live-action remake of Lady and the Tramp, a making of Frozen 2 documentary series, and a Toy Story-based short series called Forky Asks a Question.
In addition to a range of new movies and shows, you’ll find plenty of Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars movies and shows to keep you and the whole family entertained, including:
- 101 Dalmatians
- A Goofy Movie
- Alice in Wonderland
- Avengers: Infinity War
- Beauty and the Beast
- Bedknobs and Broomsticks
- Black Panther
- Camp Rock
- Captain America: Civil War
- Christopher Robin
- Doctor Strange
- Finding Nemo & Finding Dory
- Girl Meets World
- Hannah Montana
- Hocus Pocus
- Iron Man
- Lady and the Tramp
- Lego Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles
- Lilo & Stitch
- Mary Poppins
- Miracle on 34th Street
- Monsters, Inc.
- Muppet Treasure Island
- Pete’s Dragon
- Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
- Saving Mr Banks
- Sister Act 1 & 2
- Spider-Man (The Animated Series)
- Star Wars Episodes I-VIII
- Star Wars Rebels
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars
- That’s So Raven
- The Lion King
- The Little Mermaid
- The Muppet Christmas Carol
- The Nightmare Before Christmas
- The Princess Diaries
- The Santa Clause
- The Simpsons (S1-S29)
- The Sword in the Stone
- Thor: The Dark World
- Thor: Ragnarok
- Toy Story 1, 2 & 3
- Who Framed Roger Rabbit
With Disney’s recent acquisition of 20th Century Fox’s film and TV assets, this brings a whole new world of content potential and existing library to Disney+. As National Geographic is now owned by Disney, there is a range of documentaries to come to the service, including a series that’s hosted by Jeff Goldblum, titled The World According to Jeff Goldblum. Not only will there be new content, but a whole range of 20th Century Fox films and TV shows will be available, including The Sound of Music and 29 seasons of The Simpsons.
— Disney (@Disney) 11 April 2019
NBN plans for video streaming
If you want to stream video in high-definition, an NBN 50 speed plan is recommended. For 4K Ultra-HD, the premium NBN 100 speed tier is recommended. Generally, NBN 50 is considered to be a good speed plan for households with more than one person and for streaming HD video.
Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50) plans
The following table shows a selection of published unlimited Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50) plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest, and then by alphabetical order of provider. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.
Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100) plans
The following table shows a selection of published unlimited Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100) plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest, and then by alphabetical order of provider. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.