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What We Know About Disney+ And Disney+ Subscription Plans

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It seems like almost everyone is a fan of either Stranger Things, Money Heist, B-99 (if Season 6 ever comes out on Netflix that is) or all three and more. The list of series to catch up with is neverending!

If you love Netflix (is anyone even on HBO?) and video streaming, then you probably have heard about another upcoming video streaming service called Disney+.

But for the sake of the uninitiated…

What Is Disney+?

Disney+ (or Disney Plus) is an upcoming video streaming service, owned by The Walt Disney Company.

And as you’ve guessed it, Disney+ will be competing with other video streaming services such as Netflix.

Disney Plus
Source: The Walt Disney Company

If you’re wondering what Disney has in store for consumers (and investors alike), here’s a summary of the key takeaways from their most recent Disney’s Investor Day 2019 Webcast released on 11 Apr 2019.

Disney’s Streaming Services

Disney is (going to be) offering 3 direct-to-consumer services in the U.S.:

  • Disney+
  • ESPN+
  • Hulu

Each platform is built for a specific target audience.

Disney+ will be an ad-free subscription service, like Netflix, whereby you can download videos on your devices to watch offline.

It will support streaming to phones, tablets, computers, connected TVs and streaming media boxes.

What Will Disney+ Offer To Consumers?

Since Disney has acquired so many different companies and production houses, here’s a look at what to expect.

Disney Original Movies

disney originals
Source: The Walt Disney Company

Bringing you back to your childhood times.

Pixar

pixar movies
Source: The Walt Disney Company

And Toy Story 4 too!

Marvel Studios

marvel
Source: The Walt Disney Company

And of course, our favourite superheroes.

Star Wars

star wars
Source: The Walt Disney Company

National Geographic

Fans of National Geographic rejoice! Your documentaries will be included too.

Other Things To Note

High School Musical Poster
Source: The Walt Disney Company

If you still remember High School Musical (who doesn’t!) they will be on Disney+ too, together with other beloved Disney Channel series.

Programs from FOX, like The Simpsons will also be on Disney+ as well.

If you would like to know what other titles are on Disney+, CNET has a list of titles that Disney has confirmed.

Something to note here: Disney shows will not be available on other streaming services like Netflix after they are made available on Disney+.

In fact, this shouldn’t come as a surprise as the more perceptive binge-watchers and investors will have noted that Disney has been holding back their releases on platforms like Netflix this year.

2019’s Outlook For The Walt Disney Company

Disney commented that “this year’s slate may actually be our strongest yet”.

Looking at the films that the company have produced, and are going to put out this year that will be on Disney+, I think they’re right:

  • Captain Marvel
  • Avengers: Endgame
  • Disney’s Aladdin
  • Pixar’s Toy Story 4
  • Disney’s live-action version of The Lion King
  • Disney’s Artemis Fowl
  • Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
  • Disney Animation’s Frozen 2
  • Star Wars Episode IX

When Will Disney+ Be Available?

Disney+ will be available to U.S. consumers on November 12, 2019.

In Asia Pacific (that includes us, by the way), Disney is looking to roll out Disney+ at the end of 2019 or start of 2020, over the course of 2 years.

Let’s hope that Singapore will be one of the first countries to get Disney+!

How Much Will A Disney+ Subscription Plan Be?

In the webcast, they revealed that the price for US subscribers would be US$6.99 per month. That translates to a little less than SGD$10 per month.

They will also have an annual option for US$69.99, which essentially works out to be US$5.83 (~SGD$8.05) per month.

They will also have bundle deals, together with ESPN+ and Hulu, for access to a greater range of programs so you’ll never have a social life… I mean… Never miss a thing!

Using Netflix Subscription Plan Prices As A Comparison

The official rates for Disney+ in Singapore aren’t out yet…

So I thought that I would have a look at a Netflix subscription plan prices to have a feel for what we might be paying in Singapore for Disney+.

Here’s the prices for Netflix in the US as well as in Singapore:

PlanNetflix U.S.Netflix Singapore
BasicUS$8.99 (SGD$12.42)SGD$10.98
StandardUS$12.99 (SGD$17.95)SGD$13.98
PremiumUS$15.99 (SGD$22.09)SGD$16.98

Notice that the prices for Netflix subscription in Singapore is LOWER than the directly converted prices of United States’?

Hmmm… Does this mean that Disney+ will be cheaper for us in Singapore too?

I certainly hope so.

Closing Thoughts

“For decades, the Disney Group has been entertaining the world with long-lasting valuable content. Disney+ platform is being built on that foundation, one that no other content or technology company can rival.” (Ahem, Netflix?)  — Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO

Disney+ prices and date of release are still iffy, at least for those of us in Singapore. We will keep our eyes peeled and see how it goes.

But meanwhile, I will stay on my subscription with Netflix.

Be right back. Will be binge-watching some Money Heist for now.

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