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Disney Plus Australian Review

Disney Plus review: How does it stack up?

19 Dec 2019
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One month after launching, how does Disney’s super charged streaming service stack up?

The hype in the lead-up Disney+ arriving in Australia was very real and easily the most anticipated streaming service launch in recent memory.

One month in, the reception for Disney+ has been largely positive and it’s safe to say the streaming service has lived up to the pre-launch expectations.

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review at a glance

Disney+ ticks all the boxes you expect from a modern-day streaming service, serving up a ridiculous content library that’s filled with Disney classics, Pixar movies, and content from Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic. Not to mention it boasts twenty-nine blimmin seasons of The Simpsons.

Arguably the only shortcoming is the lack of mature, original content however Baby Yoda memes and the strength of the Mandalorian has certainly helped ease this concern.

Regardless, there’s still an incredibly healthy amount of launch content, with close to 800 pieces of content to sink your teeth into, with the vast majority of these shows and movies being of a very high standard.

Given the fact you can stream in 4K Ultra-HD and have up to seven user profiles on a single account, the price point for Disney+ is outstanding at just $8.99 (AUD)/month and is well and truly worth giving a shot.

If you’re still on the fence, start with the free 7-day trial to see if Disney+ is worthy of your hard-earned moolah.

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Disney+ value

A standout feature and something you can’t ignore is the value offered with the standard (and only) available Disney+ subscription.

Coming in at $8.99/month, the price in conjunction with its feature list and content library is refreshing and makes Disney+ stand out against Netflix's premium plan and other Australian streaming services such as Stan and Foxtel Go

If you're in it for the long haul and are looking to snag even greater value, you can grab Disney+ for $89.99 for an entire year, bringing the cost down to $7.49/month.

Bravo on this one Disney!

What’s included with a Disney+ subscription?
  • Unlimited downloads - You’ll be able to download shows/movies on up to 10 devices, with no restrictions on the number of times a title can be saved
  • Glorious 4K video - 4K Ultra-HD video streaming will be available with a standard Disney+ subscription
  • Custom profiles - You’ll be able to add up to seven profiles, with custom avatars based on your favourite Disney characters
  • Multi-screen viewing - Multiple profiles means you’ll be able to simultaneously stream content on up to four registered devices at any given ti

Disney+ depth of content

For its extensive list of Disney classics, Pixar movies, Marvel Star Wars, and content from National Geographic and 20th Century Fox (which Disney purchased earlier in the year), the breadth of content on Disney+ makes it feel like one of the first real global competitors of Netflix.

With Disney also owning the rights to entertainment heavyweights Hulu and ESPN. Users in the US now have access to a special bundle that includes Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+ for just $12.99/month (USD), and it will be interesting to see if a bundle of this nature that combines Disney+ and ESPN eventually makes it way down under.

For now, what exactly do you get access to in Australia? Well for starters you’ll get all the major Disney and Pixar films. Plus content that spans across the Star Wars, Marvel and National Geographic entities. The cherry on top is originally produced content that's set to spearhead Disney's strategy to eventually surpass Netflix.

The original content for launch is headlined by Star Wars series; The Mandalorian. Set in the Star Wars universe, the series takes place five years after the events of Return of the Jedi and follows a Mandalorian bounty hunter beyond the reaches of the New Republic. It's high-quality stuff and essential viewing for any Star Wars fans.

Other Star Wars original content expected to arrive within the first year of the service being birthed, include an Obi-Wan Kenobi led series starring Ewan McGregor and 12 new episodes of the much loved animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

For the Marvel fans out there, you’ll be eventually spoiled for choice, with a string of new series to arrive focusing on the characters of Loki, Hawkeye Marvel, The Falcon & The Winter Soldier.

There will also be a new series that centres around additional Marvel characters in the form of Ms Marvel, Moon Knight and She-Hulk.

Disney Plus also includes 29/30 seasons of The Simpsons, which hopefully indicates Disney will look to leverage Fox's gigantic content library to help fill out the Disney+ library even more as we move into 2020.

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Disney+ Design & User Interface

Disney+ doesn’t reinvent the wheel with its design and for the most part, the interface and experience is similar to what you can expect to see across other streaming platforms such as Netflix or Amazon Prime.

The logos representing five of Disney's biggest brands (Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and Nat Geo) headline a banner that greets you at the top of the screen, with featured content then taking up the top real estate.

From there, it's essentially row after row of content that can be sorted through an array of different filters - as you scroll down the main page, you'll find more categories that have been curated by Disney, which is something I've found to be very useful so far.

If that doesn't do the trick, then you still have the option to perform a good old fashioned search to find exactly what you're looking for.

All-in-all, while we wouldn't call the design of the platform ground-breaking, it's very easy to navigate and certainly does the job.

The final word

Disney+ is an extremely affordable streaming service for what it offers and is founded on the backbone of Disney's insane collection of archival content which dates all the way back to the 1930's.

While the original content is a bit slender in its current form, based on what we know is in store over the next few years, the depth of original content will continue to grow and gain momentum as we head into 2020 and beyond.

Whether having a Disney+ account means you can afford to cut off your other streaming subscriptions is still up for debate, however, we're loving the offering thus far and view Disney+ as a tremendous complimentary piece to other, existing streaming services and are excited to see how the platform evolves moving forward.

At the very least you should consider giving the free-7 day trial a crack to start things off and see how you fare.

Happy streaming!


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Everything coming to Stan & Netflix Australia in September 2020

26 Aug 2020

Despite warmer weather conditions creeping into the mix over the past few weeks, spending more time indoors has become the new norm for many of us, which naturally leads to a ton of content being enjoyed from the comfort of our own homes.

Thankfully Australia's two most prominent streaming services continue to deliver the goods, with Stan and Netflix once again set to debut a stack of exciting new releases this September.

Netflix's lineup is headlined by Enola Holmes. Based on the book series by Nancy Springer, the mystery film stars Millie Bobby Brown and centers upon the story of the teenage sister of Sherlock Holmes.

Meanwhile, Young Wallander is a new noir crime thriller that's well worth a look and follows the formative years of Swedish detective Kurt Wallander.

For those looking for a good thriller to sink your teeth into, check out Charlie Kaufman’s psychological film I’m Thinking Of Ending Things. Starring the talented duo of Jessie Buckley and Jesse Plemons, the film brings some rather interesting themes to the table around escapism.

On the documentary front, keep an eye out for Chef’s Table: BBQ. The acclaimedseries returns for its latest iteration on September 2, delving into the smoky world of barbecue.

Oh and before we forget, did we mention all ten seasons of Friends will arrive on September 17? Bless you Netflix.

Check out the complete list of new shows and movies coming to Netflix Australia this September and get ready for another huge month of at-home streaming.

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    Netflix Australia Original TV

    • Young Wallander (3 September)
    • Away (4 September)
    • Record of Youth (7 September)
    • Get Organized with The Home Edit (9 September)
    • The Gift: Season 2 (10 September)
    • The Duchess (11 September)
    • Family Business: Season 2 (11 September)
    • Close Enough (14 September)
    • Taco Chronicles: Volume 2 (15 September)
    • Baby: Season 3 (16 September)
    • MeatEater: Season 9 (16 September)
    • Signs: Season 2 (16 September)
    • Criminal: UK: Season 2 (16 September)
    • Sing On! (16 September)
    • The Last Word (17 September)
    • Ratched (18 September)
    • American Barbecue Showdown (18 September)
    • Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father: Season 4 (22 September)
    • Romance On The Menu (24 September)
    • Sneakerheads (25 September)
    • The School Nurse Files (25 September)
    • Country-Ish (25 September)
    • Whose Vote Counts, Explained (28 September)
    • Private Lives (Coming in September)

    Netflix Australia Films

    • La Partita (1 September)
    • Freaks – You’re One of Us (2 September)
    • Love, Guaranteed (3 September)
    • I’m Thinking of Ending Things (4 September)
    • Mignonnes (9 September)
    • Corazón loco (9 September)
    • The Babysitter: Killer Queen (10 September)
    • Se busca papá (11 September)
    • The Paramedic (16 September)
    • The Devil All The Time (16 September)
    • Enola Holmes (23 September)

    Netflix Australia Original Comedy

    • Felipe Esparza: Bad Decisions (1 September)
    • Afonso Padilha: Alma de Pobre (3 September)
    • Michael McIntyre: Showman (15 September)
    • Michelle Buteau: Welcome to Buteaupia (29 September)

    Netflix Australia Original Documentaries

    • Chef’s Table: BBQ (2 September)
    • Bad Boy Billionaires: India (2 September)
    • My Octopus Teacher (7 September)
    • The Social Dilemma (9 September)
    • La Línea: Shadow of Narco (9 September)
    • Hope Frozen: A Quest to Live Twice (15 September)
    • Challenger: The Final Flight (16 September)
    • GIMS: On the Record (Coming Soon)
    • A Love Song for Latasha (21 September)
    • The Playbook (22 September)
    • The Chef Show: Season 2 (24 September)
    • A Perfect Crime (25 September)
    • American Murder: The Family Next Door (30 September)
    • ARASHI’s Diary Voyage ep12 (Coming Soon)

    Netflix Australia Kids & Family

    • The Boss Baby: Get That Baby! (1 September)
    • True: Friendship Day (1 September)
    • Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices (1 September)
    • Spirit Riding Free: Riding Academy: Part 2 (4 September)
    • StarBeam: Season 2 (8 September)
    • Julie and the Phantoms (10 September)
    • Pets United (11 September)
    • Izzy’s Koala World (15 September)
    • Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous (18 September)
    • Chico Bon Bon: Monkey with a Tool Belt: Season 3 (22 September)
    • Mighty Express (22 September)

    Netflix Australia Original Anime

    • The Idhun Chronicles (10 September)
    • Dragon’s Dogma (17 September)

    The Rest

    • A Star Is Born (1 September)
    • The Theory of Everything (4 September)
    • Ride Along (4 September)
    • Friends: Season 1-10 (17 September)
    • Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (28 September)
    • Instant Family (28 September)

    Stan Australia - September 2020 Release Schedule

    Stan has been dropping nothing but gems in 2020, with exclusives such as Yellowstone, Better Call Saul and Billions keeping plenty of Aussies entertained throughout the winter months.

    September's lineup is looking spicy, with a spin off to the hit series Power set to premiere exclusively on Stan on September 6. Power Book II: Ghost picks up after the events of the Power season finale, as Tariq tries to deal with the aftermath of his father's death.

    Other September highlights include The Comey Rule. Based on the New York Times bestselling book A Higher Loyalty, the two part mini-series dives into the events surrounding the 2016 American presidential election and is shaping up to be a must watch.

    Finally, before we wrap things up, if you've recently watched Tenet or are simply a fan of Robert Pattinson, you'll be stoked to hear the entire Twilight film saga will be coming to Stan on September 17.

    Check out the complete list of new content coming to Stan in September 2020 below. Happy streaming!

    September 1
    • Breathe
    • Daddy’s Home
    • Tropic Thunder
    • The Terminal
    • Mapplethorpe
    • Geordie Shore: Season 20
    September 2
    • Hey Duggee: Season 3, Set 1
    • Down Under
    • Material Girls
    September 3
    • American Pastoral
    • The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
    • Day And Night
    • German Angst
    September 4
    • A.P. Bio: Season 3 – Premiere
    • Cheers: Seasons 1 – 11
    • Canada’s Drag Race: Season 1, Episode 10 – Final
    • Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Season 1, Part 2
    • Paddington
    • The House of Magic
    • Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure
    September 5
    • Natural World: Hippos – Africa’s River Giants
    • Monster Beach: Season 1, Episode 25
    • Broken City
    September 6
    • Love Fraud: Season 1, Episode 2
    • P-Valley: Season 1, Episode 8 – Final
    • Power Book II: Ghost – Season 1, Episode 1 – Premiere
    • Below
    • The Extraordinary
    • Proxima
    • Monster Beach: Season 1, Episode 26
    September 7
    • The Circus: Season 5, Episode 12
    • Be Kind Rewind
    • Selma
    • Porn To Be Free
    September 8
    • The Daughter
    • Apocalypse Now
    September 9
    • Red Dawn
    • Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa
    • Rosalie Blum
    September 10
    • China’s Artful Dissident
    • Goon
    • Cutthroat Island
    • Furry Vengeance
    September 11
    • The Voices
    • New Amsterdam: Season 2
    • The Blinky Bill Movie
    • Planet 51
    September 12
    • The Biggest Little Farm
    • Monster Beach: Season 1, Episode 27
    September 13
    • Love Fraud: Season 1, Episode 3
    • Power Book II: Ghost – Season 1, Episode 2
    • Monster Beach: Season 1, Episode 28
    • Wyrmwood
    September 14
    • The Circus: Season 5, Episode 13
    • Desus & Mero: Season 2, Episode 46
    • Our Cartoon President: Season 3, Episode 10 – Midseason Premiere
    • Everybody Loves Raymond: Seasons 1 – 9
    • The Lunchroom
    • Dogs Don’t Wear Pants
    September 15
    • Clueless
    • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
    September 16
    • Mirror Mirror
    • Terminator 2: Judgement Day
    • The Aviator’s Wife
    • The Queen of Spain
    September 17
    • Catfish: Season 7
    • Twilight
    • The Twilight Saga: New Moon
    • The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
    • The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1
    • The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
    • The Host
    • Rambo: First Blood
    • Rambo: First Blood Part 2
    • Rambo III
    • Everybody Wants Some!!
    September 18
    • Desus & Mero: Season 2, Episode 47
    • Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past
    • Hummingbird
    • Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return
    • Astro Boy
    • Dino Time
    • High Tension
    • God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunya
    September 19
    • PEN15: Season 2, Part 1 – Premiere
    • The Impossible
    • See Spot Run
    • Monster Beach: Season 1, Episode 29
    September 20
    • Love Fraud: Season 1, Episode 4 – Final
    • Power Book II: Ghost – Season 1, Episode 3
    • Summer of Rockets: Season 1
    • Monster Beach: Season 1, Episode 30
    September 21
    • The Circus: Season 5, Episode 14
    • Desus & Mero: Season 2, Episode 48
    • Our Cartoon President: Season 3, Episode 11
    • Brothers
    • The Sweeney
    • Woyzeck
    • Where the Green Ants Dream
    September 22
    • Nerve (2016)
    • U-571
    September 23
    • Charmed (2018): Seasons 1 – 2
    • Red Planet
    • An Unexpected Love
    • The Dancer
    September 24
    • Fist Fight (2017)
    • Man on a Ledge
    • Aurora
    • Just To Be Sure
    September 25
    • Desus & Mero: Season 2, Episode 49
    • Deutschland 89: Season 1 – Premiere
    • Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds: Season 1
    • Something Borrowed
    • Maggie
    • Petra
    September 26
    • Mechanic Resurrection
    • Monster Beach: Season 1, Episode 31
    September 27
    • The Comey Rule: Parts 1 & 2 – Premiere
    • Power Book II: Ghost – Season 1, Episode 4
    • Sleepless
    • Berry Bees: Season 1 (Part 2)
    • Monster Beach: Season 1, Episode 32
    September 28
    • The Circus: Season 5, Episode 15
    • Desus & Mero: Season 2, Episode 50
    • Our Cartoon President: Season 3, Episode 12
    • St Trinians 2 – Legend of Fritton’s Gold
    • L.A. Story
    September 29
    • The Fighter
    • I Am Wrath
    • Elsa & Fred
    • 70 Big Ones
    September 30
    • Grey’s Anatomy: Season 14
    • Lock Up
    • Intimate Parts