Years in the planning, Disney’s much anticipated new streaming service is finally here – and Australia’s among the first in the world to get it. The service, simply called Disney+, brings together movies and TV shows from all Disney’s brands, from seasoned classics to the newest releases.
Disney Plus Goes Live
After many rumours and much anticipation, Disney has launched its own streaming service, bringing all of its streaming content together on the one service, which will be the only place to stream most of it from now on. Named Disney Plus (also written as Disney+), it launched in Australia and New Zealand on 19 November, a week after a blockbuster launch in the US and Canada. Disney Plus offers a wide array of content from the worlds of Disney, Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars, National Geographic and more..
The launch of Disney Plus has had fans of the studio’s many franchises rushing to sign up and start streaming. Ever since it was announced earlier this year that Disney was coming up with their own streaming service, news of the service’s huge library of blockbuster movies and the continuation of fan favourites such as Star Wars and Marvel’s Avengers has led to record demand, with over 10 million signing up in a few days in the US.
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Watch new and classic TV and movies from Disney, Pixar, Star Wars, Marvel, National Geographic and 21st Century Fox from one streaming service.
All of Disney, and a Whole Lot More
In a market which is oversaturated with streaming services, it’s difficult to stand out from the pack. Disney Plus, however, gets attention simply through the size and the scope of the company – and for how long they’ve been doing it. Disney’s excellent library of content has been making money for streaming services for years – although it’s taken until now for Disney to try and capitalise upon this first-hand instead of just licensing their content to others. As well as all of your Disney-branded favourites, Disney Plus features the Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar and National Geographic catalogues, with all Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, and all the Star Wars movies available to stream in 4K.
Disney is also following the lead of the likes of Netflix by producing content exclusively for Disney Plus. At launch, the brand new Star Wars saga The Mandalorian joins a diverse collection of brand new and exclusive shows and movies. In the works are a Monsters Inc series, a High School Musical series, and a number of book adaptations including The Paper Magician and Don Quixote.
Riding on the success of Avengers: Endgame, as well as the rest of Marvel’s blockbuster hits, viewers can also expect a ton of original content that exists within the Marvel universe. This includes standalone series like The Falcon and the Winter Solider, WandaVision, and a spin-off featuring Loki, which Tom Hiddleston has confirmed via social media.
There’s also a new series titled What If…, an animated show that reimagines how things would’ve turned out in the Marvel-verse if events turned out differently in the franchise’s tentpole films. As for Star Wars, loyal fans can look forward to another show led by spy Cassian Andor, featuring Diego Luna reprising his role from Rogue One.
One of the world’s biggest and most experienced entertainment companies, Disney do not do things by half measure. They have launched with over 160 shows and over 600 movies in their library. At the core of the service is the exclusive original content produced for Disney Plus.
Besides producing exciting new programs, Disney also holds the rights to some all-time favourites. In fact, if it features a superhero or a light-sabre – or if it’s a cartoon – it’s likely to be on Disney Plus.
One Price for All
Disney Plus is launching with a remarkably cheap subscription price – only $8.99/month, or $89.99 per year. This stays true to Disney CEO Bob Iger’s promise that Disney Plus would cost less than what Netflix is asking, which now costs $19.99 per month for 4K and four screens.
Disney Plus launches with apps for almost every popular device, from dedicated streamers like the Apple TV and the Amazon Fire TV Stick to the hugely popular Chromecast. Smart TVs from all major brands have apps at launch, and of course both iOS and Android phones and tablets are reday to stream.
It has not yet been confirmed whether or not the Disney Plus platform will be available through Foxtel, Fetch TV or Telstra TV, although further down the line this seems possible.
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A Solid Launch
The real strength of Disney Plus is the reach and influence of Disney itself, with its ownership of some of the most beloved franchises of all time meaning their new streaming service has some of the world’s favourite movies and TV shows all there in the one place. With the service now live, Australia gets to have a say about whether they want to make Disney a big part of their streaming lives.