Disney's much-anticipated video streaming service is now available in the US.
It is Disney's answer to Netflix and Amazon Prime Video but with a difference: it is the exclusive home to shows and movies from the studio, including Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar and many more.
Here then is everything you need to know about Disney+, including price, shows and release dates for regions outside North America.
What is Disney+?
Disney+ (pronounced Disney Plus) is a video streaming service. You can access it on multiple devices, including mobile phones, tablets, smart TVs, and set-top boxes. It doesn't require a cable subscription in the US, but it does require a subscription fee every month.
Disney CEO Bob Iger first teased Disney+ in 2017. He said taking control of streaming rights is a "big strategic shift" for the company, As a result, he said Disney's extensive library of content, including Marvel and Star Wars titles, will disappear from Netflix and other services in order to be exclusive to Disney+. The majority of the content on Disney+ should be appropriate for all ages, he said.
What can you watch on Disney+?
Marvel Studios films and shows, as well as the Star Wars franchises, are all exclusive to Disney+. The streaming service also has 18 Pixar titles, 13 Disney animated classics from the Disney Vault, 500 films from the Disney library, Disney Channel movies, around 7,000 episodes of Disney TV, over 250 hours of National Geographic, 25 original series, and 10 original movies.
Every show and movie on Disney+
A couple weeks before launch, Disney rounded up "basically everything coming to Disney+ in the US" in a new trailer posted on YouTube. It is three hours and 28 minutes long. Each title has a 15-second scene or sequence from the title presented, so you really get an idea of what to expect.
It will include big-hits, such as The Lion King, all the way down to lesser-known flicks such as The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin. There is even a trailer for Gordon Ramsey: Uncharted. That's a Disney property? Who knew?!
What does Disney+ feature?
Disney+ offers shows and movies in up to 4K HDR. It also includes support for four simultaneous streams and the ability to set-up profiles for family members. There are also parental controls to restrict content depending on age - like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. Finally, Disney+ has offline viewing, so you can download shows onto a mobile device and watch on the go.
Check out some photos of the interface above.
The interface reminds us of a mixture of Apple TV and Netflix. There's a preview screen on the top third of the TV app, while the bottom has several rows with rectangle content icons. The first row serves up all of Disney's brands: Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic. Subsequent rows are for recommended content, new TV series or movies, and genres.
How can you find and watch Disney+
In the US, Disney+ apps are available to download from app stores across a wide range of hardware, including smart TVs, tablets, smartphones, streaming devices, game consoles, even desktop web browsers. Here's a list of confirmed devices so far:
- Amazon Fire TV
- Android mobile devices
- Android TV
- Apple TV (tvOS)
- Desktop web browsers
- iPad (iPadOS)
- iPhone (iOS)
- PlayStation 4
- Roku streaming devices
- Roku TV
- Xbox One
- Nearly 900 LG TVs (via the LG Content Store)
How much does Disney+ cost?
Disney+ costs $6.99 per month in the US, considerably cheaper than its main rival Netflix, which starts at $8.99.
A yearly subscription costs $69.99. Disney also bundles all its subscription services - including Disney+, ESPN+, and Hulu - for just $12.99 a month in the US. Keep in mind Hulu is available for $5.99 a month as a standalone with ads, while ESPN+ costs $4.99 a month.
In Canada, the service costs $8.99 (Canadian) per month (or $89.99 per year). And, in the Netherlands, the price is €6.99 per month (or €69.99 per year). Prices for the UK and other regions are yet to be revealed.
Where else will Disney+ be available and when?
Disney+ is available now in the US and Canada. It has also been available in the Netherlands for a while (seemingly as a test).
Its international rollout will continue with Australia and New Zealand getting it from 19 November.
Beyond the initial five countries, Disney+ will slowly become available in all major markets within two years.
For example, Disney+ will be available in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain starting on 31 March 2020.
Disney revealed that launch titles may vary by territory, so we're not yet sure what will be available to stream in the UK. We've contacted the company for more details though, and will report back.