Disney+ gets 30% more movies and TV for Australian launch
Disney+ has arrived and taken the fight to Netflix, Stan, Foxtel and Apple by surprising Australians with a launch day content boost.
The Mouse House has opened its vault, herded all its brands together and shoved them all into a singular streaming app. It's Disney+ and it's now available in Australia. Furthermore, you can try out the experience for free for a limited time.
We have a detailed breakdown of the service in our Disney+ review, but obviously few things are as important as content. While we criticised Disney+ for not having enough new, original content during its launch window, the library of available titles is still massive.
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A look through the list of Disney+ launch content will reveal that 819 TV shows and movies are already on the service. And that doesn't include individual episodes of a TV series, so you can imagine how much higher that number could go if you wanted to be pedantic. There are over 660 episodes of The Simpsons alone!
When we look at the launch Disney+ results, the number 819 is significant for two reasons:
- It's slightly higher than the USA launch line-up. Only by three, but as a country usually way behind the rest of the world on such things, we'll take it! There are some odd discrepancies between the overseas and Australian Disney+ lists, too. The differences are minor, but you can explore some of the Disney+ omissions in this article.
- More interestingly, the number wasn't supposed to be 819. When the Australian launch line-up for Disney+ was first announced only a few weeks ago, that number was 628. However, that number grew by a whopping 191 movies and TV shows before the 19 November launch. That's up 30%.
Why did Australia see more Disney+ content?
The tangled web of streaming TV rights deals is most certainly to blame for both the points above. When the launch line-up for Disney+ was first announced, we can only assume much of the 191 TV shows and movies added later could not be officially revealed. Perhaps the reacquisition of rights was still being negotiated. Or previous holders had requested that the loss of specific Disney content from their service was kept quiet until the last minute.
Or maybe Disney changed tact and wanted a bigger library for launch. In the end, we, the consumers, have got more content. We're getting better value for our $8.99. Woo hoo!
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