Disney’s Content Recall Begins with Foxtel
November is the launch month for the Walt Disney Company’s direct-to-consumer streaming service Disney+ in Australia and New Zealand and the reclaiming of content by the House of Mouse has begun with Australian pay operator Foxtel issuing a notice to its subscribers that Disney Movies and Binge channels will be removed from the platfom come November 7.
Disney+ will launch in Australia and New Zealand on November 19th, priced at AUD$8.99 per month (or $89.99 per year) and NZD$9.99 per month (or $99.99 per year), respectively. Netflix starts at AUD$9.00 per month in Australia for a basic SD service, AUD$13.00 per month for HD and AUD$17.99 up to 4K. Nine Entertainment’s Stan service, meanwhile, costs AUD$10, $14 and $17 for the same quality of services. By contrast, in Malaysia, the iflix streaming service comes in at 8 Malaysian Ringgit per month and PCCW’s Viu at RM10. A Disney representative has told C+T that further territories in the region will be added over the course of 2020-21.
The company has said it has reached global agreements with nearly all the major platforms, including Apple, Google, Microsoft, Roku, and Sony, to distribute the Disney+ app across partner mobile and connected TV devices. In terms of CDN provider arrangements, the company has also told C+T it is not sharing any details at this time.
The Disney+ app experience, available to consumers on November 12, will feature:
- Unlimited Downloads: Subscribers have access to unlimited downloads of shows and movies on the Disney+ app to watch offline later on up to 10 mobile or tablet devices, with no constraints on the number of times a title can be downloaded per year. Once downloaded, subscribers can watch on the go and without an internet connection. The number of titles stored at one time on a device is dependent upon the available storage space on a subscriber’s device.
- Up to 4K Ultra HD video playback in Dolby Vision with HDR10 and Dolby Atmos immersive audio on supported devices for available programming.
- Commercial-free Viewing.
- Profile Customizations – up to seven different profiles.
- Concurrent Streaming on up to four registered devices with no up-charges.
- Multiple Languages – At launch, Disney+ will offer support for English, Spanish, French and Dutch, including both user interface as well as audio support and/or subtitles for library content, with additional languages available for Disney+ Originals.
- Support for closed captioning, descriptive audio and navigation assistance.
As an aside, U.S. consumers will, naturally enough, be offered a SUPER-SIZED SERVICE! This will be a bundle of Disney+, ESPN+, and Hulu for just USD$12.99 per month. While those outside of the U.S. will not be offered the bundle, the Disney+ offering is formidable in its own right with content from the company’s iconic entertainment brands, including Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars National Geographic, and more.
Original content will include Star Wars spin-off series “The Mandalorian,” “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,” “The World According to Jeff Goldblum,” and “Encore!” and films “Lady and the Tramp” and “Noelle.” Alongside 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.”
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