Disney Plus increases price: Here’s how you can beat it
Even though the price is going up, there's a way you don't have to pay it just yet.
Streaming service Disney Plus is increasing its price.
This is the second increase in price for Disney Plus, with the first one in February 2021 after the addition of the Star channel.
However, the new price increase doesn't come with an additional uptick in available titles as before.
When is the Disney Plus price rise?
The Disney Plus price increases from 7pm AEDT 8 December 2022.
How much is the price increase for Disney Plus?
The new price of Disney Plus will now be $13.99 from $11.99 a month.
That's a $2 a month or 16.6% increase.
The cost of the annual subscription also increases from $119.99 to $139.99 a year.
How can I avoid the Disney Plus price rise?
Unlike some other streaming services that have multiple tiers, Disney Plus only has a single tier and price point, so you are unable to switch to a lower-priced tier.
There's still a way to delay the increase in cost to Disney Plus for a year.
You can save 14% or $20 if you take out an annual subscription before the price of the service increases.
Of course, that means you'll have to pay $119.99 upfront now instead of a lower amount monthly.
But if you can afford to do that, you'll save at the end of the day.
Sign up to Disney Plus before 8 December and save: Save $20 on an annual subscription
There is a way you could also get Disney Plus for free right now, but it will cost you more in the long run.
Foxtel is running a promotion until 16 November 2022 where if you sign up to a participating plan, you can get 12 months of Disney Plus for free.
However, you have to sign up to Foxtel for 12 months and the cheapest plan is $61 a month.
That equals $732 for the year, so you'd be paying quite a lot just to avoid paying $139.99.This is only recommended if you happen to be looking to sign up to both Foxtel and Disney Plus at the same time.
Is Disney Plus still good value for money?
Disney Plus remains in the middle of the streaming services pack in terms of cost even after the price rise.
While Stan and BINGE offer Basic packages at only $10 a month, you can only watch in SD and 1 stream at a time.
Disney Plus compares more favourably to those as it allows up to 4 concurrent streams and 4K titles are included.
You'd have to consider Stan and BINGE's top packages at $21 and $18 a month respectively to get a better comparison. And even then, BINGE only offers content in HD, not 4K like Disney Plus and Stan do.
Using such tiers to compare a cost-per-title basis, Disney ranks third at 36 cents a title, just behind Netflix's Premium tier at 34 cents a title.
Prime Video comes out on top due to the sheer size of its library at only 6 cents a title.
We suggest you check out our guide to all the TV shows and movies on Disney Plus so you can see exactly what is on the service and if it's something you'd like to subscribe to.
Even if there are cheaper plans out there, Disney Plus may feature more of the content you want to watch.
What can I get for the old price?
If you can't or don't want to spend more than $11.99 a month, there are other streaming options for you.
At $9.99 a month, you can subscribe to Apple TV Plus.
Some of the above are niche services though and only focus on a certain style of programming. You'll need to compare what they offer and if they're right for you.
Not sure which service is best for you? You can compare every single streaming service in Australia here.
- Disney Plus press release 7 November 2022
Image source: Lucasfilm/Disney Plus