Disney+ subscribers set to pay over 15% more

Tickets to the House of Mouse are getting expensive.

Brodie Fogg
Nov 08, 2022
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Effective Thursday the 8th of December 2022, Australian Disney+ subscribers will pay $13.99 per month for access to the streaming service, up from $11.99 per month. The sizeable price hike also hits annual subscribers, who will now pay $139.99 per year, rather than $119.99.

It seems like yesterday that Disney+ launched in Australia at a modest $8.99 per month. Just over a year later in early 2021, subscribers were forced to accept an $11.99 per month fee when Star was added. It felt somewhat justified at the time, an extra $3 per month for a whole new library of more mature classics like Alien and Die Hard made sense. But the latest price gouge comes with no such benefit. No. The blame for Disney’s latest price gouge? *spooky howling* the dreaded inflation.

Whether subscribers will stomach an extra $2 per month depends on how interested they are in the service’s stacked slate of big-budget Star Wars and Marvel originals.

Image from Disney's Up

So how much will Disney+ cost now in Australia?

From the 8th of December 2022, Disney+ will cost $13.99 per month or $139.99 per year. That’s about 16.5% more than it previously cost ($11.99), and over 50% more than Disney+ cost when it first launched in 2019 ($8.99).

Disney+ was also one of the first big streaming services to completely ditch its free trial a year in; following Netflix’s lead (the streaming service with years of goodwill under its belt and declining subscriber growth.)

Earlier in 2022, Disney also announced plans to roll out a cheaper ad-supported tier in late 2022/early 2023, once again following Netflix’s lead– the streaming giant recently launched a $6.99 tier with ads.

Money
How to lock in the old Disney+ rate
Until the cost of Disney+ officially goes up on the 8th of December (7:00PM AEST to be exact,) Australians can still nab a 12-month subscription to Disney+ for $119.99. At the current price, that already saves you $23.89 for the year. Compared to the new price of $13.99, it's a saving of $47.89 over the year.

How does Disney+ compare in 2022?

In all fairness, Disney+ is in good company when it comes to price increases. Local streamer Stan recently bumped its prices too. Stan’s Standard (HD) plan went from $14 to $16 per month, and its Premium (4K) plan went from $19 to $21 per month.

Similarly, Netflix has gone through a number of price increases in Australia since it first launched locally. Back in 2015, Netflix plans cost $8.99, $11.99 and $14.99 for Basic, Standard and Premium, respectively. These days, those same plans will cost you $10.99, $16.99 and $22.99.

Meanwhile, Amazon Prime Video recently released one of the most expensive TV shows in history but still charges just $6.99 per month.

Here’s a detailed comparison of pricing and features of streaming services available in Australia in 2022.

Service
Details
Monthly price
More info
Binge Standard plan
4K streaming
2 streams
Deal: 7-day free trial
$18/mth
Apple TV+Apple TV+ plan
4K streaming
6 streams (Family Sharing)
Deal: 7-day free trial
$12.99/mth
Disney PlusDisney+ Standard plan
HD streaming
2 streams
Deal: $139.99 for 12mths
$13.99/mth
Disney PlusDisney+ Premium plan
4K streaming
4 streams
Deal: $179.99 for 12mths
$17.99/mth
NetflixNetflix Standard + Ads
HD streaming
2 streams
$6.99/mth
StanStan Basic plan
SD streaming
1 stream
$12/mth
Kayo SportsKayo One Plan
HD streaming
1 stream
Deal: 7-day free trial
$25/mth
Foxtel Now | 2022 logo | Reviews.org AustraliaFoxtel Now Essentials
HD streaming
2 streams
Access to over 30 channels
Deal: 10-day free trial
$25/mth
ShudderShudder plan
HD streaming
1 stream
Deal: 7-day free trial
$6.99/mth
Hayu | Provider logoHayu Plan
HD streaming
1 stream
Deal: 7-day free trial
$6.99/mth
Paramount+Paramount+ plan
HD streaming
2 streams
Deal: 7-day free trial
$9.99/mth
Brodie Fogg
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Brodie Fogg
Brodie Fogg is the Australian editorial lead at Reviews.org. He has covered consumer tech, telecommunications, video games, streaming and entertainment for over five years at websites like WhistleOut and Finder and can be found sharing streaming recommendations at 7NEWS every month.

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