Australian viewers will be able to log-on to Disney’s streaming platform, Disney+ just seven days after it goes live in the US, the movie giant has today announced.
Viewers will be able to access Disney+ from 19 November 2019 in Australia and New Zealand, after the platform goes live in the USA, Canada and The Netherlands on 12 November.
Disney expects it to be rolled out to most major markets within the next two years.
How much will Disney+ cost?
Long-considered the biggest threat to Netflix due to Disney’s sheer volume of content, Disney+ will also undercut Netflix’s monthly subscription fees.
The cheapest Netflix subscription is AU$9.99 a month for its basic plan which gives standard viewing quality but can only be used on one device at a time, and reaches AU$17.99 for its premium service, which features ultra-high definition video quality, and the ability for users to have up to four streams going on at the same time.
Disney+ will charge viewers in Australia AU$8.99 a month or AU$89.99 a year.
Viewers in the US will receive the service for US$6.99 a month, which works out to be slightly more expensive than what Australians will pay, at approximately AU$10.31.
How can I watch Disney+?
Disney fans will be able to subscribe to the platform directly or through in-app purchases on most platforms and devices.
Disney has inked deals with Apple, allowing viewers to tune in on iPhones, iPads, iPods and Apple TV – which has Disney+ fully integrated into the app.
Those with Google devices will be able to check out the shows via their Android TV devices, Google Chromecast and Chromecast built-in devices, and their Android Phones.
Xbox One also supports the platform as does Sony’s PlayStation 4 and all Android-based Sony TVs.
Roku streaming players and Roku TV models also support the platform, although Roku does not sell directly to Australia.
In the US, viewers can also subscribe to a package of ESPN, Hulu and Disney+ content for US$12.99, sparking questions about whether Disney would consider a partnership with Australia’s Stan, which already hosts a large amount of Disney and Marvel content.
However, this has not been confirmed by Disney.
What will Disney+ offer?
“Disney+ will offer fans of all ages a new way to experience the unparalleled content from the company’s iconic entertainment brands, including Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars National Geographic,” the major movie company said in a statement on Monday morning, LA time.
The movie giant has also acquired some major 21st Century Fox assets, including The Simpsons.
As Disney announced in April this year, the platform will share some features like rows of recommended content and new additions, but will also divide content up by which motion picture house made it – including Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm.
In terms of actual content, Disney will naturally have access to its massive stable, that of Marvel, Pixar, Lucasfilm and National Geographic.
And it’s investing heavily in platform specific projects, with CEO Bob Iger saying the platform is the company’s biggest priority currently.
Disney+ will have two original live-action Star Wars series, a Monsters, Inc. series and a High School Musical series.
Marvel also recently announced at Comic Con that it would send The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, WandaVision, Loki, What If? and Hawkeye to Disney+ as series.
Captain Marvel and The Simpsons will also be available on Disney+, along with the live-action Lady and the Tramp.
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Disney is expected to share more details of the streaming platform at its massive D23 conference in Anaheim this week. Yahoo Finance will be bringing you all the news from the conference.
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