Disney+ streaming will launch in Australia on November 19 at $8.99 per month or $89.99 per year -putting it below Netflix and Stan prices.
The service will launch in Australia & NZ a week after its US / Canadian / Netherlands launch (Nov 12). It is expected the service to be in most major markets within two years.
Customers will be able to subscribe directly or via in-app purchases and will be available on a slew of platforms including Apple, Google, Microsoft’s Xbox One, Sony via its Android TVs and the Playstation 4 and Roku.
Programming will include Disney-owned franchises Star Wars, including spin-off series The Mandalorian (on launch day), Marvel and Pixar titles, a Lady And The Tramp reboot, a new High School Musical series Diary of a Female President and “reimaging” feature films including Home Alone and Night At The Museum.
The app will feature dedicated sections for each of Disney’s major brands, support offline downloads, and stream select content in 4K HDR.
The announcement will directly impact Disney titles currently available with Stan and Foxtel, which both have expiring contracts. There had been reports of talks between Nine-owned Stan with Disney, but it isn’t clear if a bundled Stan / Disney+ offer may yet be announced. Foxtel is also rumoured to be interested in having Disney+ integrated through its iQ revamp, which recently added Netflix.
Two weeks ago, Disney announced a Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+ bundle for $US12.99 ($19.14) for US subscribers, but will not be available in Australia due to complex rights tied up elsewhere.