This week Disney+ became available for pre-order.
This seems like a weird flex for a streaming service, but perhaps Disney is keen to start recuperating rollout costs now.
But if you're an Aussie who wants to start laying down fiscal sacrifices to The Mouse right now, we have some bad news for you.
With Disney+ and Apple TV+ on the way to Australia, the streaming service market is about to get a whole lot more busy. Each service will be fighting to keep your attention and money so we thought we'd take a look at what each offers based on pricing, concurrent user offerings, display quality and content libraries to help you determine the best option available.
Despite a pre-order landing page being open for business in the U.S., in Australia it redirects to a countdown page. While that may change in the future, for now it means that no pre-orders down under.
However, we still know that the service will be one of the most competitive on the market at $8.99 a month or $89 for a year if you pay in advance. The latter brings the cost down to $7.40 a month.
And as we discovered in August, Disney+ will reject the tiered pricing system that the likes of Netflix and Stan offer for higher quality streams and additional concurrent screens.
Your monthly (or yearly) price will get you HDR and 4K content, as well as four concurrent streams and unlimited downloads for offline viewing. Competitors charge around the $18 mark for similar access and quality.
The streaming service will be kicking off with films and television shows from Fox, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Star Wars Universe, Pixar and of course Disney itself. It will also have original titles such as The Mandalorian, Loki, Hawkeye and an untitled Obi-Wan Kenobi series.
The service will be available across iOS, Apple TV, Android TV, Playstation, Xbox, and Chromecast and others.
Disney+ will be launching in Australia on November 19.
Last week Disney announced that Australia would be one of the first countries in the world to get its dedicated streaming service, Disney+. At $8.99 a month (or $89 for a year) it's going to be one of the cheapest streaming options available. At the time there weren't any details around what that would get you in terms of picture quality or concurrent streams. As it turns out, it's a hell of a lot.