If you’re eager to watch Disney+ (or Disney Plus) in Australia, there’s both good news and bad news. The good news is that Disney is not going to make you wait much longer to get access to Disney+ content. The bad news is that if you’re Disney Plus will be available in Australia a week after the official launch.
Disney+ will officially be available to Australian fans on November 19. According to Disney, the service will launch in the US, Canada, and the Netherlands on November 12. Australia and New Zealand will then gain access to the content library starting a week later on November 19.
Disney hasn’t stated why it’s releasing Disney Plus in a gradual way, but it’s likely related to making sure it has the server capacity to meet the expected demand.
What Titles Will Be Available in Australia at Launch?
Disney+ is launching with a large body of content. Disney went on a Twitter rampage in October 2019, and in one day and with over 600 tweets, published the full list of content that will be available upon launch. There are over 600 new and previously-released Disney-owned titles coming to the service on November 12. All of them will be available to Australian Disney fans when the service launches there on November 19.
Disney also put together a 3+ hour video previewing all of the available launch content.
Still, it’s the original content that everyone is truly looking forward to the most. Disney has been heavily advertising a few must-see titles, including:
The Mandalorian (available at launch)
A live-action series based in the Star Wars universe.
SparkShorts (available at launch)
A series offering up-and-coming animators a chance to showcase their original works through the Disney+ service.
Forky Asks a Question (available at launch)
A mini-series “hosted” by the Toy Story character Forky, who asks probing questions about the mysteries of the universe (such as “what is cheese?”).
Lady and the Tramp (available at launch)
A live-action remake of the classic romance, following Disney’s current trend in remaking its animated classics as live-action films.
Disney has over 50 original titles slated to launch between November 12 and into 2020.
How Much Does Disney Plus Cost in Australia?
Disney+ will cost $8.99 AUD per month in Australia. You can also save a bit of money by signing up for a yearlong subscription, at a price of $89.99 AUD per year.
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What Devices Do I Need to Watch Disney Plus?
Disney will likely expand the number of supported devices a year or two after launch. However, most Australian fans probably have at least one device that can work with Disney+. The supported devices available at launch include:
- TV streaming media players: Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast
- Smart TVs: Android TV, Roku TV
- Game consoles: Xbox One
- Mobile devices and tablets: Android, iOS, and iPadOS
- Desktop browsers: Most popular Mac and PC browsers
Can I Share My Disney Plus Account?
You’ll be able to stream Disney+ on up to 4 devices at once. Disney will also allow you to download content from the service to view on-demand, on up to 10 different devices.
Will Australia Have Exclusive Disney Plus Content?
There likely won’t be any exclusive content for Australian fans, but you won’t likely be locked out of any content, either. While Disney does state that content availability may vary by territory, you’ll probably find most, if not all, US content available Australia, as well.
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