DISNEY+ set to shake-up Australian Media Industry - FULL LAUNCH DETAILS and EVERYTHING you need to know
Australian subscribers will be among the first in the world to access the highly anticipated new streaming service Disney+.
Launching in Australia on November 19, the new streaming service Disney+ will become the home for the Walt Disney iconic entertainment brands, including Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and more.
The new service will be priced at $8.99AUD per month (or $89.99 for an annual subscription).
The November 19 launch date means subscribers in Australia and New Zealand will be able to access the service just one week after it launches in the US, Canada and The Netherlands on November 12. Disney has confirmed its intention to spread the new streaming service globally within two-years of launch as it looks to challenge Netflix.
The arrival of Disney+ in Australia will cause a significant shake-up of the Australian media industry. Disney currently has as a contract to supply streaming content to the Nine owned platform STAN, an agreement which is due to expire in December.
A spokesperson for Disney declined to comment when contacted by TV Blackbox today on what the launch of Disney+ would mean for Stan subscribers.
While it's now expected all Disney 'family-friendly' titles will migrate to Disney+, there remains a potential that some more adult content from Disney owned providers including Hulu and FX could still find an Australian home on Stan.
The arrival of Disney+ is also expected cause significant changes for Foxtel customers.
In a recent interview with SMH, Foxtel CEO, Patrick Delaney confirmed he expected Disney's broadcast channels to be removed from the pay-tv platform overtime as contracts begin to expire.
"We certainly know their plans in relation to Disney-branded material, that is all going to go to Disney+."
Foxtel remains hopeful of maintaining a Disney presence on its platform. After recently integrating Netflix programming into its IQ3/IQ4 set-top boxes, it now hopes to extend the strategy to Disney+.
"Clearly, our customers would like Disney content on Foxtel, so if we can reach a deal with Disney to integrate the Disney+ app I think that would be great," stated Delany recently.
Foxtel customers would be required to pay for the additional Disney+ subscription to access the content.
Disney+ will offer ad-free programming with a variety of original feature-length films, documentaries, live-action and animated series and short-form content.
A spokesperson for Disney telling TV Blackbox the new service will launch in Australia with;
“10 original exclusive episodic series, movies and documentaries, and plans to premiere more than 45 originals within the first year – globally across all markets the service is available in, including Australia.”
The spokeperson went on to add that Australia was selected as one of the initial launch countries;
“because much of our owned (Disney) content was available/unencumbered by third-party distribution deals”.
The new service will feature a strong programming line-up including the new Star Wars spin-off tv series The Mandalorian, plus other original content including High School Musical: The Series, The World According to Jeff Goldblum, and Encore!.
Disney+ will also be the home for new 'made for TV' movie titles Lady and the Tramp and Noelle.
Customers will have access to Disney's library of film and television entertainment and 30 seasons of The Simpsons.
The service will also be the exclusive streaming home for films released by The Walt Disney Studios in 2019 and beyond, including Captain Marvel, Avengers: Endgame, Aladdin, Toy Story 4, The Lion King, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, Frozen 2, and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
At launch, consumers will be able to subscribe to Disney+ directly or via in-app purchase and start streaming from the following platforms and devices:
Apple (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple TV, and fully integrated with the Apple TV app; customers can subscribe to Disney+ via in-app purchase)
Google (Android phones, Android TV devices, Google Chromecast and Chromecast built-in devices)
Microsoft (Xbox One)
Sony / Sony Interactive Entertainment (PlayStation®4 and all Android based Sony TVs)
Roku (Roku® streaming players and Roku TV™ models)
Potential customers can register their interest in the new service from today at DisneyPlus.com