Disney Plus launches in the US, Canada and The Netherlands on 12 November for US$6.99 a month. It will launch on 19 November in Australia at $8.99 a month and $9.99 a month in New Zealand.

By Ian Horswill


Posted on October 15, 2019

The next streaming service, Disney Plus, will launch in the US on 12 November and The Walt Disney Company has released its launch lineup with an emphasis firmly on nostalgia and whole-family viewing options.

Disney‘s also touting discounts, as Cnet reported. For agreeing to sign up for three years, there is a preorder discount of US$40. The US$170 three-year price is US$4.72 a month, below the US$7 rate Disney will charge regular monthly subscribers and cheaper than Apple TV+’s US$5-a-month subscription charge.

Disney Plus is also going to provide four simultaneous streams. It will be available in 4K Ultra HD in Dolby Vision, HDR10 and Dolby Atmos immersive audio.

Disney Plus tweeted its launch programs – more than 300 tweets in total. There are 17 Star Wars movies, Frozen (2013), Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs animation film (1937)and many more older films such Three Men and a Baby (1987), Three Musketeers (1993), 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954), Swiss Family Robinson (1940, 1960) and Fantasia (1940).

Popular TV series Lizzie McGuire, Recess, and the animated X-Men series from 2002 also feature.

Original content, such as the Star Wars live-action spinoff series The Mandalorian, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, and The Lady and the Tramp live-action remake, are all named.

High School Musical: The Musical: the Series

Disney Plus is The Walt Disney Company’s answer to Netflix. However it appears not be releasing episodes of its original series all at once like its rival does. New episodes will come out weekly.

The US launch will not include Iron Man 2 and Spider-Man: Homecoming as The Walt Disney Company leased them to other streaming services.

Disney Plus launches in the US, Canada and The Netherlands on 12 November for US$6.99 a month. In Australia and New Zealand, Disney Plus launches on 19 November at $8.99 a month in Australia and $9.99 a month in New Zealand. Disney Plus said it will launch in:

  • Western Europe over the course of six months between October this year and March of next year
  • Eastern Europe over the course of a year starting as early as October 2020
  • Latin America over the course of three months starting as early as October 2020
  • Asia Pacific over the course of two years starting as early as October this year.
  • The November launch coincides with the release of Disney’s big-budget holiday season films. Frozen 2 is to released on 22 November and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker on 20 December.

    Disney Chief Financial Officer Christine M. McCarthy called the US$7-a-month fee an “initial” price. The company also announced it will bundle Disney Plus with Hulu (with ads) and ESPN Plus, offering a US$5 discount if you subscribe to all three of its streaming options. At US$13, that is the same price as Netflix’s most popular plan in the US.