We were pretty jam-packed with D23 news this week and while the majority of announcements including Ms Marvel, She-Hulk, Mandalorian and Moon Knight series were for Disney+ you might be left with the big question – Will I be able to watch them in Australia?
Stealth announced on Monday the official Disney+ Australia page has switched to confirm the release date of November 19th (just one week after the US service start date, so only a week to avoid Mandalorian spoilers). Competing with existing services like Netflix, Disney+ will not follow the binge model and instead release newer show episodes each week… which might mean we get 2 episodes of the Mandalorian when we first log in.
The service will cost only $8.99 AUD a month putting it $2 over Amazon Prime but much less than Netflix or STAN. For that single price, you can have up to 4 devices on the same account at once, all with 4K support. In context, four 4K screens with Netflix will cost you $17.99 for the same. Will you be able to share your Disney+ account? That is something you are just going to have to try and find out.
The Disney+ service will also support Chromecast day one for anyone with a Smart TV or a Chromecast device.
What does this mean for STAN Australia with it’s extensive but newly added Disney catalogue? Well, we will see by the end of the year. Initially, it was suspected that STAN would be the distribution channel for Disney+ shows similar to Netflix for DC Universe shows like Titans and Young Justice. But with the official announcement of Disney+ coming to Australia we will just have to see if the Disney content remains available or becomes a Disney+ exclusive.
So should you get it? If you are a Disneyphile there is undoubtedly a lot of content for you to consume across Disney TV, Movies and their newly acquired Fox catalogue meaning the last 31 seasons of the Simpsons will be there waiting. If you are only interested in the MCU series than you will need to wait until late 2020 for the Falcon/Winter Soldier show which is the first one scheduled. But if you are a Star Wars fanatic The Mandalorian series will be there day one.
You can’t sign up for Disney+ right now but you can sign up for updates to know as soon as you are able to. Unless you are holding out for the Mandalorian there isn’t much to sign up for until November 19, but on the upside at least you have plenty of time to figure out how you are going to divvy up those 4 screens.