It’s been a little over a year (or two Mandalorian seasons) since Disney+ first made it’s way to Australian shores. In a year where new cinema releases for the House of Mouse have been limited due to the pandemic the streaming platform managed to launch at just the right time. And this week the service gets that little bit bigger with Star being added, but what is it?
If you already have a Disney Plus subscription you are probably already familiar with the navigation content that appears along the top bar – Disney, Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars and National Geographic? Well, this Tuesday you can expect to see a new option appear “Star”. If you are someone who always checks out the latest trailers but is often disappointed when there seems to be no local distribution you may have heard of the US Streaming service Hulu.
In the US Hulu is a streaming only platform that competes with Netflix but is popular for being the streaming platform for a lot of US networks. In the last few years Hulu has kicked it up a notch to also commission and premiere it’s own original content as well as being the streaming platform for Marvel TV shows like Runaways, Cloak & Dagger, Helstrom and more. To give a simple answer, Disney+ Star is Hulu International.
In truth it is a little more complicated than that with international content licensing often being subject to existing contracts. Shows that might have been on Hulu in the US are just as likely to be licensed to Netflix or Foxtel Binge or Stan here in Australia. While we might have to wait and see what content actually is offered you can expect to see titles from Disney, FX and 20th Century Fox which includes much more adult rated content than would otherwise appear on Disney+
The new service will come with new parental restriction settings but if you were wondering how exactly you were going to watch the R rated version of Deadpool on a platform that also streams the Little Mermaid, this is how.
Disney+ Star will be included in the existing subscription cost for the service and just be added to your navigation but this new addition will come with an increase to the subscription cost which is currently set to $8.99 per month or $89.99 annually. The point being if you are currently paying a month to month subscription it might be time to switch it to an annual one before the price increase else pay $11.99 a month. Existing annual subscribers who will renew after August can expect to see the price increase to $119.99 annually after Tuesday.