November 19 officially marks the first day of Disney+ in Australia and like the launch of Netflix, Disney+ is expected to shake the sector up. Here's everything you need to know about the platform.
How does Disney+ work?
Disney+ is a new streaming service offering more than 600 films and 7000 episodes of Disney-owned content, according to the press release. It's set to be the only place you'll be able stream on demand any Disney-released movies in Australia. With a single account, up to four devices can use the same login for $8.99 per month. That single plan, unlike other services' tiered offerings, gives you access to HDR and 4K quality streaming.
Once you log in, you'll be able to see a very Netflix-esque homepage separating the content into its branding categories.
Selecting shows will bring up their landing page and you'll be able to choose where you'd like to start watching from, read a description or add it to your watchlist. It'll also provide with you suggested content. In the case of The Mandalorian, it suggests I watch the Star Wars back catalogue. Who'd a thunk it?
What's on Disney+?
Most content owned by Disney, but that doesn't just include the classic animated movies. Disney has been busy buying up a lot of entertainment real estate so its streaming lineup also includes most Marvel movies, the Star Wars series, The Simpsons, National Geographic documentaries like Free Solo as well as some Hulu content.
It also means original Disney content you've never seen before:
- The Mandalorian
- High School Musical: The Musical: The Series
- The World According to Jeff Goldblum
- The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
- Lady and the Tramp
It's important to note Disney+'s launch has also meant a lot of content previously on other streaming players, like Stan, has now been pulled off and exclusively housed on the new service.
Perhaps one of the most surprising features of Australia's Disney+ lineup is how much more content Australians have compared to our U.S. mates. A number of titles are available for Australians on launch while the U.S. version has a staggered release due to existing licencing agreements. What a time to be alive for Aussies.
Will Disney+ work on my device?
This seems like a no-brainer but it's a valid question. Some users around the world have faced difficulties when using certain devices. It's due to some devices not supporting the highest level of Disney+'s chosen digital rights management service, WideVine. This service prevents subscribers from recording their screens, for example, to send to their friends.
Disney has confirmed the following devices will definitely work with the service:
Web and Devices:
- iOS (iPhone and iPad)
- Android (Phone and Tablet)
- Apple TV (tvOS)
- Amazon Fire TV (Australia)
- Sony TV (Android TV)
- Samsung (Tizen)
- LG (WebOS)
- Android TV
- Xbox One
It recently came to light that some devices might not be able to stream Disney+ content due to security software. Obviously this is going to be a big factor for some in deciding whether to sign up for the service so we delved into which devices will be fine and how it works.
What deals are available for Disney+?
While some pretty stellar bundle deals exist in the US, no local offerings have been announced. Right now, Disney+ will cost you $8.99 per month but if you purchase a yearly subscription, it's going to cost you $89.99. That means you'll essentially get two months for free or the equivalent of around $7.50 per month.
If you're not quite ready to take the plunge, Disney's also offering a free seven-day trial so you can dip your feet in without paying a cent.