Disney Plus Streaming Service Australian Review


Multinational entertainment conglomerate, the Walt Disney Company, is gearing up to release a new streaming platform which is likely to make an immediate impact in the heavily saturated market of streaming services. The service, to be called Disney+, will be the home of a range of exclusive content, from seasoned classics to the newest releases.

When will it be launched?

The exact date of the launch of Disney+ is now set for November 12 in the US, but there’s yet to be an announcement for its launch in other countries like the UK. As for its arrival in Australia, that’s a little more up in the air, however it seems unlikely that it would be immediately available globally. Instead, there’s likely to be a little more of a wait, with a 2020 release probable.

The Facts

  • Free Trial Offer: N/A
  • Price: (USD) $6.99/mth; $69.99/year
  • Top Content: The Mandalorian, High School Musical, Monsters Inc., The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, WandaVision, WhatIf…
  • Launching Date: November 12 (in the US)

What content will be included on the service?

Put simply, plenty. Of course, Disney+ will be the home of content from Disney and Pixar, including the nostalgic classics as well as upcoming, highly anticipated titles like Toy Story 4 and the live-action version of The Lion King.

But that’s not all. Marvel and Lucasfilm are subsidiaries of the Walt Disney Company, meaning all that they have to offer is likely to be available. That includes all Marvel movies, as well as the Star Wars series.

Disney also recently purchased 21st Century Fox, giving them ownership of streaming service Hulu and National Geographic. And what’s more, Disney will follow the lead of the likes of Netflix to make content exclusively for the Disney+ service. A few details about what exactly this will entail have been made public – the impending arrival of two Star Wars TV shows has been confirmed, while a Monsters Inc series, a High School Musical series, and a number of book adaptations including The Paper Magician and Don Quixote will also be produced.

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 already confirmed via social media. There’s also a new series titled What If…, which is 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 at least two original live-action series starting with The Mandalorian, and another show led by roguish spy Cassian Andor, featuring Diego Luna reprising his role from Rogue One.

Where can you watch Disney films in the meantime?

Given that the exact date launch of Disney+ is still up in the air, you can still watch a whole lot of Disney movies — including movies from its subsidiaries — on other streaming services available in Australia.

For starters, Stan has a wide range of Disney animated films that the whole family can enjoy. Of course, there’s also Netflix, in which you can stream animated movies, plus a number of Marvel superhero films including The Avengers. But in Australia, Foxtel is one to beat with new additions of Disney, Marvel, and Lucasfilm movies dropping every month — and which are also made available on Foxtel Now. On top of that, Foxtel also features new and up-to-date shows on the Disney channel, which is part of the Kids pack.

Streaming TV & Movies Plans

Basic
  • Service Only Plan
  • 1 Content Genres
$25/mth
$25 for Basic subscription; no lock-in contracts

Monthly Subscription
  • Service Only Plan
  • 4 Content Genres
$9.99/mth
Min Cost - $9.99 over 1 month

Monthly Subscription
  • Service Only Plan
  • 6 Content Genres
$6.95/mth
$6.95/month after 30 days free trial

Pay Per View
  • Service Only Plan
  • 8 Content Genres
$/ days
You can only purchase TV shows, not rent them.
Min Cost - Depending on title

Essentials pack
  • Service Only Plan
  • 6 Content Genres
$25/mth

How much will it cost to subscribe?

Disney+ has announced its pricing for its US launch, at only $6.99/month. Now that stays true to CEO Bob Iger’s promise that it would be much less than what you pay Netflix for, which now costs US$10.99/mth. All things considering, it might also cost a bit more affordable in Australia once it launches down under. That said, it does stand to reason that, at least initially, have less content than the likes of Netflix.

Where can I watch?

Again, with the launch still a little while away, details such as this are yet to be entirely confirmed. Presumably, however, it will be available on a range of devices to compete with other streaming services, and we’ll update the details as they become available.

The Good

  • Will feature a ton of exciting content from the Marvel and Star Wars universe
  • Appears to have the same price point as Netflix in Australia

The Gotchas

  • Might start off with lesser variety and genre of shows and movies on offer compared to Netflix, Stan, and Foxtel Now

Will it be available in Australia?

We certainly hope so! The initial release is likely to be in the US only, but it will almost certainly be made available globally soon after.