Disney Plus – or Disney+ if you prefer – is a brand new streaming service from Disney that's set to shake up the streaming world. Many of us have already traded in regular TV viewing and cable in favor of one (or many) of the best streaming services around right now. But whether you’re hot on Hulu or nuts for Netflix, Disney Plus is coming – and there's a lot going for it.
Firstly, Disney Plus will have a huge catalog of content. Not only will there be all the Disney-branded movies and TV shows, but Disney also owns many large, established brands and franchises, including Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar and National Geographic.
That means Disney Plus will be a very appealing proposition for many. But when, exactly, will Disney Plus launch? How much will it cost? And what movies and shows will it have? Here's everything you need to know about Disney’s new streaming service.
Disney Plus: What is it?
Disney Plus is a new streaming service from Disney. Although we don’t know exactly how the interface will look before it’s launched (only a few screenshots have been shared), for now think of it as a Netflix-style service, but for all Disney-owned properties.
Just like Netflix, Disney Plus is an online streaming platform you pay for via a monthly or yearly subscription. You can access it via a browser, or via the Disney Plus app on a smart device or connected TV.
There will be a big back catalogue of movies, cartoons and TV shows at launch. But Disney is also investing in new movies and TV shows, which could be added a season at a time or an episode at a time each week.
We can’t stress just how much content will be on offer on Disney Plus. There’ll be everything you expect from Disney, as well as all the separate properties that Disney owns, including Marvel, Fox, Star Wars and Pixar. Most Disney-owned content currently on other services is being taken down and will soon only be available on Disney Plus. It’s not clear whether, in the future, new content might land on Disney Plus first exclusively, then could be rolled out to other services afterwards.
Either way, Disney Plus is set to become a one-stop-shop for quality TV shows, cartoons and movies, with some of the biggest, most popular properties on the platform at launch.
Disney Plus: Launch date
Disney Plus is arriving in the US on November 12, 2019. This is the same date the service will also be available in Canada and the Netherlands, although early trials have already been rolled out to some users in the Netherlands.
On November 19, 2019, Disney Plus will launch in Australia and New Zealand. Many other regions are still in the dark about when the platform will be rolling out to them, including the UK. However, Disney has announced it will be launched in all major markets within two years.
Disney Plus: Pricing and bundles
In the US, Disney Plus will be available for $6.99 a month or $69.99 a year. That’s a little less than Netflix, which starts off at an $8.99 subscription.
"I can say that our plan on the Disney side is to price this substantially below where Netflix is," said Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company. "That is in part reflective of the fact that it will have substantially less volume. It'll have a lot of high quality because of the brands and the franchises that will be on it that we've talked about. But it'll simply launch with less volume, and the price will reflect that."
However, Iger has also suggested Disney Plus prices could rise at some point.
There’s also a bundle available. Disney has revealed that people in the US can get Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu for $12.99. (Yep, Disney owns both of those too.) That’s a fantastic package to cover all bases. It's also very good for families, as you get the live sporting events and sport documentaries at ESPN+, Hulu’s award-winning selection of TV shows and movies (these will now have a more adult focus), as well as all the entertainment you could ever need from Disney+.
Other Disney Plus bundles might be available before launch, but that’s the only one that’s official for now.
Disney Plus: TV shows and movies
Disney Plus will include all of Disney's family-friendly content, and much of its mass-audience fare, while Disney-owned adult content will likely find a new home on Hulu.
Over the past year, Disney has been doing a fantastic job at drumming up interest and excitement for its streaming service with brand new TV shows and movies that lean into Disney’s big budget franchises.
One of the most exciting is The Mandalorian. This will be the first live action TV series set in the Star Wars universe. It has American actor, director and producer Jon Favreau at the helm as its director, as well as an all-star cast of Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Carl Weathers and Giancarlo Esposito, plus Taika Waititi as a droid.
There will also be a whole host of new live action Marvel TV shows on offer soon too, including a Hawkeye and a Loki series, as well as WandaVision, about – you guessed it – the Scarlet Witch and Vision. Marvel characters that we’ve not seen on screen before will also be getting their own shows, including Moon Knight, She-Hulk and Ms. Marvel.
A number of movie projects are also in the works, including a live action remake of Lady and the Tramp, and Mulan. It’s not clear whether they will go to theaters first and then Disney Plus, or whether they’ll hit both at the same time.
But let’s not forget, this isn’t just about new content. There’s going to be a huge back catalogue of TV shows and movies on Disney Plus, from old Disney classics, like Lion King, and your favorite Pixar films, like Toy Story, through to all the Avengers movies, including Avengers Endgame and Captain Marvel, and every single episode of The Simpsons thanks to Disney’s deal with Fox.
Disney Plus: Streaming
You’ll be able to stream Disney Plus on lots of devices. It’s already confirmed to be coming to Android devices, Apple devices, Xbox One, Chromecast, PS4, Android-based Sony TVs, Roku and any web browser.
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A little like how Netflix works, you’ll be able to stream Disney Plus on up to four devices at the same time, all watching different content. But the big difference is you’ll be able to stream in 4K HDR resolution to each, whereas Netflix charges a premium for 4K streaming.
Other important technical details to note are that Disney Plus will come with support for both Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. So, if you have the compatible hardware, you’ll get a really great audio experience to rival a trip to the movie theater.
Disney Plus: Apps and features
The Disney Plus app is likely to work in a similar way to the Netflix app. From the few screenshots that have already been shared, it looks like movies and TV shows will appear as blocks across the screen and are likely to be bundled together into sections like Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic.
For those who like to watch content while they’re on-the-move, the Disney Plus app will offer unlimited downloads of its content on up to 10 mobile or tablet devices, with no constraints on how much you download. You can then watch content on-the-go without an internet connection.
According to Disney, the app will also offer support for closed captioning, descriptive audio and navigation assistance to help subscribers with disabilities.
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