Disney Plus vs Netflix: 5 reasons you need to switch now
Here's a look at how the 2 biggest streaming services stack up. Spoiler alert: There's a clear winner.
Most Aussies are signed up to Netflix. In fact, twice as many people in Australia have Netflix compared to Disney Plus according to Finder's research.
But if you're over Selling the OC or Surviving Summer and the rest of the Netflix catalogue, or lost the account you shared, we've got a few ideas about why you should move over to Disney Plus.
Best of all, you get a bargain in the process.
Disney Plus deal vs Netflix cost
If you subscribe to Disney Plus before 11:59pm AEST on Wednesday 20 September 2023, you can get Disney Plus for only $13.99 for 3 months.
That works out to be 2 months of Disney Plus free.
Get 3 months of Disney Plus for just $13.99: Sign up to save nearly $30 before 20 September 2023
If you were to subscribe to Netflix over the next 3 months, the minimum you would pay would be $20.97 for its Standard With Ads plan.
Disney Plus doesn't feature ads in Australia, so for a comparable plan on Netflix, you'd have to go for its Premium option. This costs $22.99 a month, has 4K viewing and allows up to 4 devices at once.
If you're on Netflix's Premium plan and switched to Disney Plus before 20 September 2023, you'd be saving nearly 80% on your streaming costs over the next 3 months.
Painkiller vs Dopesick
You may have seen Netflix's new show Painkiller drop recently on the service. It was the number 1 show globally on Netflix the week of release and has stayed in the top 10 since.
The thing is, Disney Plus came out with its own version earlier - and did it better.
Painkiller and Dopesick are both a fictionalised retelling of the origins and aftermath of the opioid crisis in America.
Dopesick on Disney Plus is of far higher quality however, but don't just take our word for it. Dopesick's Rotten Tomatoes critics' score sits at 89%, while on IMDB it's at 8.6/10.
Painkiller is sitting at 49% on Rotten Tomatoes and its IMDB rating is 7.5/10.
Image: Disney Plus, Netflix
Big shows coming to Disney
If you're looking for some big shows with impact, then Disney Plus has you covered the next 3 months.
Coming up on 6 October is the second season of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's most-streamed show, Loki.
There is also the most talked about reality family on the planet, The Kardashians, back with new episodes on 28 September.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians is the new epic fantasy series that starts 20 December 2023 and although not confirmed yet, Doctor Who is expected to make a return with new episodes in November.
While Netflix has some noteworthy shows on the horizon, they're not really on the same level vs a God of Mischief or demigod.
We'll be seeing the return of some favourites to Netflix soon such as Sex Education in September and Lupin in October.
Some shows have rumoured Netflix release dates before the end of 2023, such as The Crown, but it's yet to be confirmed.
Disney vs Netflix cuteness factor
Disregarding all the adorable kids content you can find on Disney Plus, it hands down has the cutest things you can find on streaming.
Just recently we've seen baby Groot make a return, as well as the Loth-cats in Ahsoka.
One Piece could have had a dog in the fight (well, shape-shifting reindeer) for Netflix if Tony Tony Chopper had made its live action debut in the new series, but we're still going to have to wait for that.
Image: Disney Plus
All in one vs paying for more
Disney Plus has just the one package so you don't have to think too hard about what price is worth paying.
For $13.99 a month, you get 4K streaming and the option to watch on up to 4 devices simultaneously. But you'll only pay $13.99 to cover the next 3 months if you sign up before 20 September 2023.
On the flipside, if you want more perks with your streaming experience on Netflix, you'll need to dish out more money.
For example, you only need to pay $6.99 a month to access Netflix, but that features ads and the entirety of its catalogue is not available to you.
To avoid ads, you're paying at least $10.99 a month, but you only get the option to stream on 1 device at a time.
To take the step up to full HD and 2 devices at once, you're paying $16.99 a month.
But to get to a similar level of Disney Plus with 4 simultaneous devices and 4K content, it's $22.99 a month.
Want to really compare? Go deeper on Disney Plus vs Netflix with our in-depth guide.