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Disney Plus Australia: Price, content, comparison, Star and features

Here's how Disney’s streaming service works and everything you can watch using it.

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Disney Plus is a streaming service operated by entertainment giant Disney. It's the Mouse House's response to platforms such as Netflix, Stan and Apple TV Plus. After launching in Australia on 19 November 2019, just a week after it debuted in the US, Canada and the Netherlands, the service grew steadily, to the point where it became a top destination for streaming enthusiasts of all ages.

Subscribers get a mix of TV shows and movies, with an emphasis on original productions you can't watch anywhere else. Highlights include original shows like The Mandalorian, long-running series The Simpsons, reality hit The Kardashians, Star originals like Only Murders in the Building and crowd-pleasers similar to critical darling Abbott Elementary. Plus, you get a whole bunch of other goodies, including Marvel, Pixar and Star Wars blockbusters.

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Subscriptions to Disney Plus in Australia cost $11.99 a month or $119.99 for an entire year. Both packages give you the exact same offering in terms of content, simultaneous streams and devices. The only difference is that committing to an entire year saves you $23 compared to paying monthly.

Disney Plus recently confirmed details of its ad-supported tier in the US in December 2022. There's no news about a similar subscription making its way to Australia just yet. However, the entertainment giant announced plans to offer an ad-supporter tier internationally from 2023.

Deal

Get 12 months for the price of 10 when you sign up to Disney+

Savings are calculated based on the annual price compared to the monthly subscription price.

Disney Plus free trial

Although there was initially a 7-day free trial at launch, Disney Plus stopped offering it on 19 June 2020. It has offered a free trial through Woolworths Rewards and a 30-day offer through Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. Special promotions or bundles may be available again in the future, such as with Disney Plus Day.

The easiest way to create a Disney Plus account is via the official website. To sign up to Disney Plus, all you need is an email address plus your debit or credit card. Register for an account, drop in your card details and you'll be good to start watching.

If you're looking for a different way to sign up, then you may want to purchase a Disney Plus gift subscription. There's currently no option to get anything other than an annual gift card, which you can get through the Disney Plus gift subscription page.

Disney Plus Star

Star is a Disney Plus hub that hosts content for adults. It's the closest thing to Hulu that countries outside of the US can get. Originally, Disney Plus was strictly family-focused, but the arrival of the Star channel added over 600 movies and TV shows at launch, with more content arriving regularly since.

Star hosts popular titles such as the Deadpool franchise, Grey's Anatomy, Family Guy, American Horror Story and Criminal Minds, to name a few. It also offers originals like Dopesick, Fresh, The Dropout, Under the Banner of Heaven, The Valet, How I Met Your Father and The Old Man.

Disney Plus shows and movies

The online service gives users access to a generous library of TV shows and movies from the Disney catalogue, as well as titles from Marvel, Lucasfilm, Pixar, National Geographic, ESPN, 20th Century Studios and Hulu.

Disney is investing heavily in original content for Disney Plus. This echoes what competitors Netflix and Amazon are already doing. To begin with, the company relied on established brands instead of exploring new avenues, but its focus has shifted over time.

On the TV front, Disney Plus offers hours of Disney Channel programming, but also original productions made especially for the streaming service. The list features Star Wars spin-off The Mandalorian, which became an international hit shortly after its release. The Book of Boba Fett followed, then Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Subscribers also got a lot of new Marvel TV series, from WandaVision to Moon Knight to Ms. Marvel and beyond. We have a list of future Marvel shows making their way to Disney Plus. Not only that, but the platform now hosts the Marvel shows previously on Netflix: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Defenders and The Punisher.

Other series created for Disney Plus include Baymax!, The Wonder Years reboot, Big Shot, Doogie Kameāloha, M.D., Turner & Hooch, The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers, Star Wars: The Bad Batch and more.

You can also watch a whole lot of series courtesy of Star: Pistol, Life & Beth, Pam & Tommy, Desperate Housewives, 9-1-1, Scandal, Bones, Station 19, Castle and so on. Subscribers can even binge-watch over 30 seasons of popular animated series The Simpsons.

On the movie front, Disney Plus is becoming the exclusive streaming destination for all titles under the Disney umbrella. The likes of Lightyear, Eternals, Encantoand Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, to name a few, have all found a streaming home on Disney Plus after theatrical release.

The catalogue also includes hundreds of animated titles from the Disney Vault, as well as Marvel, Star Wars and Pixar films. Pixar in particular enjoyed a lot of success with Soul, Luca and Turning Red. Disney Plus even secured the likes of Broadway musical Hamilton, The Greatest Showman and worldwide hit West Side Story.

Meanwhile, Star hosts films targeted to a more adult audience like Prey, Fire Island, Fresh, Free Guy, Nomadland and more. All in all, it's enough content to last you a couple of lifetimes.

Disney Plus upcoming content

The media giant is planning to launch a lot of shows and movies based on existing properties.

Marvel fan? Keep an eye out for upcoming TV series She-Hulk, Ironheart, Armor Wars, Secret Invasion, Echo, Agatha: House of Harkness, Spider-Man: Freshman Year, Marvel Zombies and a planned Daredevil reboot.

On the Star Wars side of things, the list of upcoming releases features Andor starring Rogue One's Diego Luna, Lando, The Acolyte, as well as spin-offs from The Mandalorian titled Ahsoka and Rangers of the New Republic.

It isn't all Star Wars and Marvel on the agenda either. Cars, Moana and Zootopia will all be getting either a TV series or a spin-off. There will also be a series based on the fantasy movie Willow and one based on National Treasure.

Star Originals are also making noise. Upcoming titles under the Star banner include crime thriller Culprits or British superhero comedy Extraordinary.

Disney Plus release highlights include:

  • She-Hulk: Attorney at Law: 18 August 2022
  • Fearless: The Inside Story of the AFLW: 24 August 2022
  • Mike: 25 August 2022
  • Welcome to Wrexham: 25 August
  • The Patient: 30 August 2022
  • The Bear: 31 August 2022
  • Pinocchio: 8 September 2022
  • Star Wars: Andor: 21 September 2022
  • Hocus Pocus 2: 30 September 2022
  • Willow: 30 November 2022

You can see the full Disney Plus upcoming release schedule here.

Deal

Sign up to Disney+ to stream thousands of movies and shows

Watch new and classic TV and movies from Disney, Pixar, Lucasfilm, Marvel, National Geographic, 21st Century Fox, Hulu, ESPN and more from 1 streaming service.

How to watch Disney Plus

Disney Plus can be viewed in different ways. You can access the website on your laptop or desktop computer or download the app on iOS and Android devices. There is also an app for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X game consoles.

On the big screen, you can use Apple TV, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV Stick, Telstra TV, Fetch TV or Android TV to stream from another device. Some Samsung, Panasonic, Hisense and LG TVs also have built-in Disney Plus support. All content on Disney Plus is in HD.

If you need any help at all with getting started we have a guide for setting up Disney Plus on every device.

You can stream on up to 4 devices at once as well. Unlike Netflix, Disney Plus doesn't charge extra to watch on multiple screens. Parents will be happy to know you can set up a Kids Profile to ensure your children don't see any inappropriate material.

Disney Plus features

  • Multiple profiles. Disney Plus allows up to 4 concurrent streams, which means that more users can watch at the same time using only 1 account. You can create separate profiles for everyone so that each user can curate their own watch list and keep track of the content they're most interested in. You can also choose a Disney character for a profile picture.
  • Offline viewing. You can download Disney Plus shows and movies on mobile devices to enjoy on the go without burning through your mobile data. All titles are available for download, unlike Netflix and Stan where some titles (especially non-originals) aren't. There's no limit to how many downloads you can have other than your device's storage capacity.
  • Accessibility features. The streaming service offers closed captioning, audio descriptions, text-to-speech support, colour contrast, responsive design, keyboard navigations and other accessibility options. Availability of closed captioning and audio descriptions varies by language. Thanks to Disney Plus being a global streaming service, you'll find content available in multiple languages.
  • 4K, Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision. The majority of the library is in 4K Ultra HD and HDR. There's also content that comes with 5.1 Surround Sound and Dolby Atmos and supports the Dolby Vision standard. More titles are continually having their quality upgraded. You'll need a compatible device and a high-speed Internet connection to enjoy these features.
  • Kids Profile. Disney Plus lets you set up a special Kids Profile that only shows titles rated G and PG in Australia. You can set it up as you would a normal profile – just make sure you check the Kids Profile box when setting the profile name.
  • IMAX enhanced. Selected movies are available in IMAX's expanded aspect ratio. In layman's terms, this should allow the film to take up your entire screen instead of having black gaps at the top and bottom of the screen.
  • Ability to request shows or movies. While the Disney Plus content library is pretty comprehensive, some shows and movies from the Disney catalogue are still missing. If you can't find your favourite title, you can request it to be added by accessing the Help Section and using the Give Feedback feature.
  • GroupWatch. This feature allows you to watch and react to the same show with up to 6 different friends at once. You can create your own virtual watch party. Read a detailed breakdown of GroupWatch here.

Disney Plus Premier Access

At the height of the coronavirus pandemic, Disney moved several of its cinematic releases straight to Disney Plus via Premier Access. Some of the titles that have received this treatment include Mulan, Cruella, Raya and the Last Dragon, Black Widow and Jungle Cruise.

Premier Access required an additional fee - $34.99 on top of the regular Disney Plus subscription. Once pandemic restrictions eased, Disney Plus has switched back to cinema releases.

How does Disney Plus compare to Netflix, Stan, Foxtel and others?

Despite joining an increasingly crowded marketplace, Disney Plus stacks up really well. Compared to other streaming services that offer 4K and multiple devices, Disney Plus costs less than the premium plans from Stan and Netflix. There are streaming services that are cheaper than Disney Plus - Prime Video and Apple TV Plus come to mind, along with more niche services. Considering the expansive content library and premium features, however, the price for Disney Plus seems fair.

Foxtel airs much broader content with sport and news but also costs significantly more, especially if you bundle in all the available Foxtel options. BINGE, meanwhile, is more affordable at the basic level, but it doesn't offer 4K viewing.

The interfaces for Netflix, Stan and Disney Plus are similar, but Disney may have an advantage due to its simplicity. As Disney Plus sorts its content via brands such as National Geographic and Pixar, it's easier to navigate than Netflix or Stan.

Disney also has the benefit of owning the rights to its own content, which spelled disaster for Foxtel and Stan on the day Disney Plus launched. Disney Plus continues to take take back its content from the other services - like it happened with the Marvel shows on Netflix, How I Met Your Mother or Grey's Anatomy.

Inevitably, the biggest battle is Disney Plus versus Netflix, with the 2 services already engaged in a worldwide heavyweight streaming war. You can see our Disney Plus versus Netflix comparison video here. In recent months, Disney Plus has been making a lot of headway, so it may be the perfect time to make the switch.

Disney Plus Day

Disney Plus holds a special celebration each year called Disney Plus Day. It usually features exclusive news, exciting releases and special promotions.

This year, Disney Plus Day 2022 will take place on 8 September. So far, we know that the live-action film Pinocchio will make its streaming debut, starring Tom Hanks, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Cynthia Erivo. Other new shows announced to premiere that day so far include Epic Adventures with Bertie Gregory, Growing Up and Cars on the Road.

Fans can expect more specials and premieres to drop, with the service likely to offer subscriptions at a discount as well. In 2021, new and returning users could get access to the service for only $1.99 for a month.

Our verdict on Disney Plus

In Australia, Disney Plus packs a wide content library, fun features and an affordable price given that it supports 4 simultaneous streamss.

Since it also offers content from Marvel, Lucasfilm, Pixar Fox Studios and National Geographic, the Force will continue to be strong for Disney Plus. After all, these are some of the biggest media franchises in the world.

Removing the free trial hasn't seemed to affect consumers' willingness to test out the platform, as it has well and truly broken through the 150 million subscriber barrier globally. If you're still tossing up whether it's right for you, then check out our list of the best Disney Plus shows and the best Disney Plus movies.

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    AndrewMay 6, 2022

    When will Disney Aus. (National Geographic ) add seasons 8 , 9 and 10 to Car SOS.

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