Disney’s new streaming venture is set to launch November 19.
It’s no secret Disney has been on a ruthless mission to extend their dominant content presence in the entertainment world, thanks in part to their purchase of 20th Century Fox earlier in the year and the incredible success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe over the past decade.
Although Disney owned streaming service Hulu continues to make significant inroads in the American streaming market (Hulu boasts upwards of 28 Million subscribers), you could argue a fully integrated, Disney branded streaming platform, is the final piece of the puzzle for Disney to truly own the entertainment content space in its current form.
Disney Plus (or Disney+) is set to deliver on this notion and after first being announced to the public back in 2017, we’re only a few weeks away from its official launch.
With this in mind, here’s everything you need to know ahead of Disney+ touching down in Australia.
When will Disney+ be available in Australia?
The Australian and New Zealand markets will get access to Disney+ on November 19, 2019, a week after the streaming service launches in the US, Canada and the Netherlands.
How much will a Disney+ subscription cost?
Here’s the great news, a subscription for Disney+ will come in at an incredibly reasonable $8.99/month (AUD). There won’t be any variance in the type of plans available at launch, so the $8.99 price point will cover all of your needs across the platform.
This also means Disney+ will be cheaper than the basic plans available for Netflix and Stan. In the US, users will also have access to a special bundle that boasts Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+ for $12.99/month (USD).
What’s included with a Disney+ subscription?
Unlike other streaming services which split feature products across a range of plan constructs, Disney have kept things simple, meaning the standard subscription will unlock all the key features we’ve come accustomed to using with our favourite streaming services.
- 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 time
Which devices will Disney+ support?
At launch, Disney+ will be available for use through PC and mobile web browsers, apps on Apple iOS devices and Apple TV, Android mobile devices and Android TV, Chromecast, Roku devices, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Disney+ will not support Amazon devices like Amazon Fire TV at launch.
Disney has committed to accessibility in their app for users with hearing and vision disabilities. The app will also offer support for closed captioning and descriptive audio (audio description) as well as audio navigation assistance.
What content will Disney+ have at launch?
Since the initial rumblings of Disney+ being announced in 2017, it was assumed Disney would use all of its might to muster up its absurd amount of archival content to launch its new streaming service, an assumption recently confirmed by Disney themselves through twitter.
The launch catalogue for Disney+ is expected to be made up of an extensive list of Disney classics, Pixar movies, Marvel movies, Star Wars, content from National Geographic, and all thirty seasons of The Simpsons (Thank you 20th Century Fox).
More Fox titles, such as The Sound of Music and Malcolm in the Middle are set to become available sometime within the first year.
We’re still not 100 % certain whether the Australian library will mirror the US at launch, however if it does, then expect a whopping 500 movies and 7,000 TV show episodes to sink your teeth into throughout the summer months and beyond.
As with all great streaming services, Disney is also investing heavily in producing original content, with 25 original series as well as 10 original films and documentaries expected to be ready for consumption at launch.
The list of original content is headlined by the highly anticipated live-action Star Wars series; The Mandalorian. Set in the Star Wars universe, the series will take place five years after the events of Return of the Jedi and follows a Mandalorian bounty hunter beyond the reaches of the New Republic, helping to fill the gap between Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi
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 legions of 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 new series that centre around additional Marvel characters in the form of Ms Marvel, Moon Knight and She-Hulk.