The streaming wars are well and truly among us and Disney are going straight for Netflix with its Disney+ streaming service. They will be launching on November 12th this year in the USA, Canada and Netherlands at first, with more international rollouts planned in months to come, starting with Australia and New Zealand a week later.
Some may scoff at Disney trying to compete with Netflix, but remember that Disney owns a lot properties, many of which are extremely popular on Netflix. Think Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar, ESPN, Hulu and ABC. When Disney+ launches they will immediately remove these properties from other steaming services and offer them exclusively on theirs.
Disney+ will be available on iOS, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Android, Android TV, PlayStation 4, Roku and Xbox One at launch. This is just another indication that Disney plan to get the Disney+ streaming service in front of as many eyes as possible, as quickly as possible.
In terms of pricing, the service will run $8.99 per month or $89.99 per year in Canada, and €6.99 per month (or €69.99 per year) in the Netherlands. In Australia, it’ll be $8.99 per month or $89.99 per year, and in New Zealand, it’ll be $9.99 and $99.99 per year. All prices are in local currency, but are for Disney+ only. The service will cost $6.99 per month in the US, but again just for Disney+. They will launch a bundle with ESPN Plus and Hulu included for slightly more, competing on price with the likes of Netflix.
Would you consider subscribing to the Disney+ streaming service if those big Disney properties are removed from your other services? Let us know in the comments below.