Disney Plus NZ & Star Guide

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Find out how you can get Disney Plus, what Star offers, how much it costs, how it compares to other streaming services and what you can watch.

What is Disney Plus?

Disney Plus (also styled as Disney+) is the Walt Disney Company’s paid video on-demand streaming service. Completely ad-free, the service is home to exclusive content from Disney’s owned properties, which include Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, Pixar, 20th Century Fox, and National Geographic. Not only do customers have access to legacy content, but there’s plenty of original programming being created for the service, based on the aforementioned properties.

For example, customers can watch all 30 seasons of old favourite The Simpsons, and Avengers: Endgame, on Disney Plus, as well as new arrivals. Featuring all of Disney’s exclusive franchise properties, the service is a viable competitor to other entertainment juggernauts, like SKY, Netflix, Neon and TVNZ On Demand.

What is Disney Plus’s new Star channel?

Star is Disney’s new entertainment brand. Essentially, it doubles the amount of content available on Disney Plus, with 155 TV series, 435 movies and four Star originals at launch.

It combines old television shows and films from Disney’s massive back catalogue with new series. This is a result of Disney owning plenty of companies, like ABC, Pixar, Lucasfilm and Marvel, and their merging with Fox Studios.

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Do I have to pay extra for Star?

If you subscribe to Disney Plus, nope! The general idea behind it is that while Disney Plus is suitable for the whole family, Star is full of shows and films for an older audience (e.g, new offerings include Black Swan, Cougar Town, Ugly Betty, Bob’s Burgers). It makes sense, then, that Disney Plus launched parental controls alongside Star, which include the ability to set limits on what content each profile can access.

How much does Disney Plus cost?

Disney Plus has bumped up its subscription price from $9.99 to $12.99. If you’re already a subscriber, the price will remain at $9.99 for six months, and then jump to $12.99. The changes will take place on August 22, 2021.

How many devices can you have with Disney plus NZ?

You can watch all your content through a single account, be it TV shows, movies, documentaries, on four different devices simultaneously. The service also offers an offline viewing option, just download shows you want to watch later. 

How can I watch Disney Plus?

Similar to other streaming services like Netflix and Neon, Disney Plus is both web and app based, and can be accessed via the internet. Below is a list of ways to watch Disney Plus:

  • Desktop web browsers
  • Apple devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple TV)
  • Google (Android phones, Android TV, Chromecast & Chromecast built-in devices)
  • Xbox One consoles
  • Sony (Android based Sony TVs & PlayStation 4/5)
  • Roku (Roku TV & Roku streaming players)

Disney Plus legacy content

Since the removal of all Disney related content from other streaming services, including Netflix, Disney Plus is now the only place to watch previously released films, TV shows and animated series made by Disney and its owned properties: Marvel, Lucasfilm, Pixar and 20th Century Fox.

Here is some of the legacy content on Disney Plus:

  • Marvel Studios films
  • Star Wars films
  • The Simpsons (all 30 seasons)
  • Disney animated classics
  • The Sound of Music
  • The Princess Bride
  • Disney afternoon cartoons (Duck Tales, Chip N’ Dale Rescue Rangers, Darkwing Duck & more)
  • Fox cartoons (X-Men, Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends, Fantastic Four & more)

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Disney Plus original content

Some original films and shows on the service include:

  • The Mandalorian
  • The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
  • WandaVision
  • Moon Knight
  • She Hulk
  • Marvel
  • Hawkeye

  • What If…?
  • Cassian Andor (Star Wars) series
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi (Star Wars) series
  • Lizzie McGuire
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 7
  • Monsters at Work
  • Lady & the Tramp

How does Disney Plus compare with other services?

The main point of difference between Disney Plus and other streaming services, such as Netflix and Neon, is the fact that Disney Plus is the only platform on which consumers can watch Disney-related content. Price-wise, it’s in a similar bracket to its competitors. Netfix is $11.99 per month for its basic plan. Neon is $13.95 per month.

Is Disney Plus worth it in New Zealand?

With such an array of streaming video on-demand services on the market, consumers are really spoilt for choice. However, it can be daunting having to sign up to multiple services to watch your favourite shows.

Ideally, if you have to choose one streaming service, your best plan of action is to consider the service that offers the content that interests you most.

It’s also worth looking at the bundle offers available from internet providers. Spark, for example, offers deals on both Netflix and Neon as part of its internet packages.

For more info, check out our story: Bundle and Save with the Best Broadband Bundles

The best broadband

Of course, if you’re watching a lot of Disney Plus, you’re going to need a zippy broadband connection with unlimited data. And if you’re wondering if there’s a better deal out there, perhaps there is. And this is where Canstar Blue can help.

To help you get a clearer picture of broadband providers in NZ, Canstar Blue rates all the big providers in the market annually. We survey thousands of broadband customers and ask them to score their providers across categories including Value for Money, Network Performance and Customer Service.

Canstar Blue’s 2020 review of NZ internet providers compares NOW, 2degrees, Bigpipe, Contact, MyRepublic, Orcon, Skinny, Slingshot, Spark, Stuff Fibre, Trustpower, Vodafone and Voyager, and awards the best our 5 Star rating:

See Our Ratings Methodology

The table above is an abridged version of our full research, so to find out more about NZ’s best broadband providers, just click on the big button at the bottom of this story.

Compare broadband providers for free with Canstar!

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