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Disney+ subscribers set to pay over 15% more
Tickets to the House of Mouse are getting expensive.
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.
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.
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.
|4K streaming3 streamsDeal: 30-day free trial||$9.99/mth||Go to site|
|Binge Standard planHD streaming2 streamsDeal: 7-day free trial (starts on 3 Oct 2023)||$16/mth||Go to site|
|Apple TV+ plan4K streaming6 streams (Family Sharing)Deal: 7-day free trial||$9.99/mth||Go to site|
|Disney+ plan4K streaming3 streamsDeal: $139.99 for 12mths||$13.99/mth||Go to site|
|Netflix Standard + AdsHD streaming2 streams||$6.99/mth||Read more|
|Stan Basic planSD streaming1 stream||$10/mth||Read more|
|Kayo One PlanHD streaming 1 stream||$25/mth||Go to site|
|Foxtel Now EssentialsHD streaming2 streamsAccess to over 30 channelsDeal: 10-day free trial||$25/mth||Go to site|
|Shudder planHD streaming1 streamDeal: 7-day free trial||$6.99/mth||Read more|
|Hayu PlanHD streaming1 streamDeal: 7-day free trial||$6.99/mth||Go to site|
|Paramount+ planHD streaming3 streamsDeal: 7-day free trial||$9.99/mth||Go to site|
|Britbox planHD streaming5 streamsDeal: 7-day free trial||$8.99/mth||Go to site|
|Netflix BasicSD streaming1 stream||$10.99/mth||Read more|
|Netflix StandardHD streaming2 streams||$16.99/mth||Read more|
|Netflix Premium4K streaming4 streams||$22.99/mth||Read more|
|Binge Basic + Ads planSD streaming1 streamDeal: 14-day free trial (ends 2 Oct 2023)||$10/mth||Go to site|
|Binge Premium planHD streaming4 streamsDeal: 7-day free trial (starts on 3 Oct 2023)||$18/mth||Go to site|
|Kayo Basic PlanHD streaming 2 streams||$30/mth||Go to site|
|Kayo Premium PlanHD streaming 3 streams||$35/mth||Go to site|
|Stan Standard planHD streaming3 streams||$16/mth||Read more|
|Stan Premium plan4K streaming4 streams||$21/mth||Read more|
|Stan Sport add-onHD or 4K streaming||$15/mth add-onMin. cost $25/mth (Stan Sport + Basic)||Read more|
|Essentials + Movies planHD streaming2 streamsAccess to over 30 channels + Movies on-demandDeal: 10-day free trial||$45/mth||Go to site|
|Foxtel Now All Packs planHD streaming2 streamsAccess to over 30 channels + Movies on-demand + Live sports + Drama Extra, Kids and DocosDeal: 10-day free trial||$59/mth* *First 12mths. Then $104/mth||Go to site|