Here’s when and how you can stream The Rise of Skywalker in Australia
The Rise of Skywalker is available on digital services but Australians don’t get access to 4K and select bonus features.
When Disney announced Frozen 2 would be fast-tracked to Disney Plus, the world waited with bated breath for the House of Mouse to announce a similar treatment for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. But patience you must have, young padawan, because it doesn’t look like Disney plans on dropping Rise of the Skywalker early, on Disney Plus at least.
In the U.S., Episode IX released early on the usual digital services, like iTunes and Google Play but Australia still had to wait a couple of days to get their fix. But the early release isn’t all that Australians missed out on, there’s also no 4K option online and the suite of bonus features aren’t anywhere near as rich as the U.S. offering.
How to watch Rise of the Skywalker online
In Australia, Star Wars: Rise of the Skywalker is now available to stream on iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, and Microsoft Store. Pricing and video quality is the same across each service, except iTunes which seems to only offer a HD version.
The other difference between each service is the bonus features included.
|iTunes||N/A||$24.99||N/A||Making-of feature length documentary, 3x behind-the-scenes featurettes, exclusive digital art|
|Microsoft Store||$19.99||$24.99||N/A||Star Wars Legacy feature-length documentary|
Strangely, the U.S. Microsoft Store offers Star Wars: Rise of the Skywalker in 4K and a handful of extras but Australians are restricted to the HD version and one feature-length documentary.
Unless things change, or you purchase the film on 4K Blu-ray, you will have to wait for The Rise of Skywalker to hit Disney Plus for a 4K streaming solution.
When will The Rise of Skywalker release on Disney Plus?
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak and widespread self-isolation measures, Disney dropped its Pixar flick Frozen 2 a whole three months early on Disney Plus. However, The Rise of Skywalker hasn’t received the same treatment.
Disney has before suggested a vague “Late 2020” release date for The Rise of Skywalker on Disney Plus but with the rate at which Disney flicks are being pushed to the company’s streaming service, we’d wager a guess for a June or August release date.
Though, as Den of Geek has theorised, Disney could simply be holding off for a 4 May (Star War Celebration Day) release. If it doesn’t arrive earlier, a 4 May release date would make a lot sense.
What other Star Wars flicks are available to stream?
Besides The Rise of Skywalker, Disney Plus has every other core Star Wars film (Episodes I to VIII) in glorious 4K, its own original series The Mandalorian, the popular animated shows Star Wars: Rebels and Star Wars: The Clone Wars (including the Disney Plus-exclusive seventh season) and a mountain of documentaries, featurettes and kids shorts, such as the Star Wars Lego series, BB-8’s Blips shorts, Star Wars Resistance and more.
So even if you do have to wait it out, there’s still a multitude of ways for Star Wars fans to burn time as they wait for TROS’ streaming release.
Disney Plus has a free 7-day trial if you want to jump in the cockpit and take it for a Kessel Run.