Disney + - Streaming for the Whole Family
After many years of planning and persistent rumours, Disney’s long-awaited streaming service launched in Australia on November 19th, 2019 – with Australia as one of only three countries outside the USA and Canada to get access to the service at launch. It marks the beginning of Disney’s efforts to take full control of their film and television brands and properties.
What’s in this Guide?
What is Disney+?
Disney Plus is the one stop shop for everything Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars. But the platform is much more than animations, sci-fi series and kids shows. Star is the newest feature on Disney Plus, a section that gives users access to content for an older audience. Here you’ll find comedies like Family Guy and The Simpsons alongside movies like Deadpool and The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Original content is being made for Disney+ as well, including new shows based around the Marvel and Star Wars universes. The new Star Wars series The Mandalorian was available at launch and met with acclaim, while further down the track there are plans for a collection of new shows set in the Marvel and Star Wars universes (10 shows each). Some of Fox’s best-known properties including Home Alone and Night at the Museum are being turned into family TV shows for the service as well.
There’s plenty of original content planned from Disney’s own franchises, too, with several brand new titles including a live-action remake of Lady and the Tramp, the Christmas comedy Noelle starring Anna Kendrick, Kristen Bell’s feel-good musical reality show Encore and a new High School Musical series. The acclaimed film of the blockbuster stage musical Hamilton is also a highlight.
How Much does Disney+ Cost?
While it was expected that Disney+ would be competitively priced, the launch pricing took many by surprise with its affordability. Unlike its competitors, Disney+ has only one “tier” of service, which in Australia costs $8.99/month, or $89.99 annually (which works out to $7.50 per month).
With the addition of Star and its more mature content to the service on February 23rd 2021, Disney+ pricing will rise to $11.99/month or $119.99 annually (the equivalent of $10/month). For the extra money you’ll get 1000+ hours of new content aimed at an adult audience, as well as a vastly expanded schedule of Disney+ originals for all ages that will hugely increase the quality and range of movies and shows available on the service.
Last audited 09 April 2021
What’s on Disney+
Best TV Series
Best of Star Wars
Best of Marvel
Best of Pixar
Best Disney Classics
Best Kids TV
The idea of a Disney-only streaming service has been around for a long while, but now that it’s actually arrived the good news is it’s even better than fans could have hoped.
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How Does Disney+ Compare to BINGE?
The main benefit of Disney+ compared to BINGE is the access to franchises like Marcel, Star Wars and Pixar. If you’re looking for something a little darker in your storylines or reality TV, the BINGE is a more solid option.
Disney+ is great for the family, especially if you’re looking for something that can please all ages. Disney + is also slightly cheaper than BINGE, and also comes with the option of an annual price plan.
What Devices Does Disney+ Support?
Aside from web browsers on PC and Mac computers, dedicated devices supporting Disney+ at include iOS and Android phones and tablets, Apple TV (HD and 4K models), Chromecast, Fire TV Stick, Android TV, Smart TVs, Playstation 4 and Xbox One. In the US, Roku devices are also supported, which makes it highly likely that we’ll eventually see support for the popular Telstra TV boxes in Australia. Portable devices are able to download shows and movies to view offline, with up to ten devices allowed to hold downloads at one time.
Devices supported on Disney+
– Amazon Fire TV, Fire Tablet: Yes – All Fire TV devices & Fire TV Edition Smart TVs
– Apple TV: Yes – Apple TV HD (4th gen or later) & Apple TV 4K running tvOS 11.0 and later
– Apple Airplay: Yes – Apple TV 3rd & 4th generation; TVs compatible with Airplay 2
– Chromecast: Yes – Latest generation for highest quality playback
– Chromebook: Yes – via Disney+ Android app
– Roku: Yes – Roku boxes and sticks and TVs
– Android TV: Yes – Android TV-enabled Smart TVs (Android OS version 5.0 (Lollipop) or later): Sony Bravia, Sharp AQUOS, & Android TV set-top boxes: NVIDIA SHIELD TV, Mi Box
– LG Smart TV: Yes – LG models running webOS 3.0 and above
– Samsung Smart TV: Yes – 2016 models and newer (Tizen OS)
– Vizio SmartCast TVs: Yes – Select 2016 models and newer
– PC/Mac: Yes – Web browser only (Chrome 75+, Firefox 68+, Edge, Safari 11+, Internet Explorer 11)
– Android phones/tablets: Yes – Android 5.0 (Lollipop) and newer
– iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad: Yes – iOS/iPadOS 11.0 or newer
– PlayStation: Yes – PlayStation 4, PlayStation Pro, PlayStation Slim, PlayStation 5
– Xbox: Yes – Xbox One, Xbox One S, Xbox One X, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X
– Telstra TV: No
– Fetch TV: No