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Disney Plus Canada: Price, Star, content, comparison and features

How Disney’s streaming service works and everything you can watch using it.

Disney Plus is a streaming service operated by entertainment giant Disney. It’s the Mouse House’s response to platforms like Netflix, Prime Video, Crave and Apple TV Plus.

Disney first announced plans for its own streaming service back in 2017. Disney Plus launched in Canada, the US and the Netherlands on November 12, 2019. Since then it has expanded into an additional 50+ countries, including Australia, Europe, Latin America and parts of Asia.

The platform is growing with each passing month, regularly adding new titles to its library. Highlights include original show The Mandalorian, WandaVision and long-running series The Simpsons, as well as several other Marvel and Star Wars blockbusters. It also added adult content in the form of more recent channel Star.

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Subscriptions to Disney Plus in Canada cost $11.99 a month or $119.99 for an entire year. Both packages give you the exact same offering in terms of content, simultaneous streams and devices. The only difference is that committing to an entire year saves you $23.89 compared to the monthly pricing structure.

Does that price sound higher than you remember? If so, you’d be correct. The price of Disney Plus increased on 23 February 2021 due to the addition the Star channel to the platform, which added thousands of hours of content. Disney Plus formerly cost $8.99 monthly or $89.99 per year. The price rise resulted in an increase of $3 per month or $30 a year.

Deal

Save 16% on Disney+ with an annual subscription

Opt for an annual subscription and you can save $23 a year on Disney+ compared to the monthly plan.

Does Disney Plus offer a free trial?

Although there was initially a 7-day free trial at launch, this is no longer available. As of June 19, 2020, Disney Plus removed the offer. Since then, free trials have typically only been offered in certain countries through various promotions with other companies. Special promotions or bundles may be available again in the future, such as with Disney Plus Day.

The easiest way to create a Disney Plus account is via the official website. To sign up to Disney Plus, all you need is an email address and your debit or credit card. Register for an account, drop in your card details and you’re good to start watching.If you’re looking for a different way to sign up, then you may want to purchase a Disney Plus gift subscription.

Disney Plus Day

As part of the celebrations as Disney Plus brings up its second birthday, the company decided to launch a special series of events. Falling on November 12 right around the world, Disney Plus Day will feature some new programming, the arrival of some fresh movies, a first-month discount and other announcements.

For a very limited time, the service will cost just $1.99 a month for current, new and returning Disney Plus subscribers. That’s right, it applies to everybody whether you are new to Disney Plus or have had an account from the beginning.

That is an 83% saving for Canadian customers before the price reverts to $11.99 a month from the following month onwards. This offer is only available until 11:59pm PST on November 14, so you need to get in quick.

In terms of content, a sequel to the Home Alone franchise, titled Home Sweet Home Alone, will debut on the day along with a Frozen spin-off called Olaf Presents and a closer look at Star Wars’ Bobba Fett before his series drops in December.

Jungle Cruise and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will also be available to all Disney Plus subscribers as part of their subscription for the first time, along with a new season of The World according to Jeff Goldblum. There are also more announcements expected on the day itself, including new arrivals to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Disney Plus Star

In a November 2018 earnings call, Disney chairman Bob Iger outlined the company’s plans to expand Hulu’s availability to more countries once the purchase of Fox was finalized. On December 11, 2020, Disney Plus announced that it would be adding Star to the platform on February 23, 2021.

Star is not a separate service. Rather, it’s a hub within the platform like Marvel and National Geographic. Originally, Disney Plus was family-focused, but the arrival of the Star channel has added over 600 movies and TV shows geared more towards adults.

That means the likes of Deadpool, Homeland, Modern Family, Family Guy, Aliens and Die Hard – to name a few – are now on Disney Plus. Star has even got its own new shows coming, including one with the Kardashians and Jenners. All existing or new subscribers automatically get access to Star.

What shows and movies does Disney Plus have?

The online service gives users access to a generous library of TV shows and movies from the Disney catalogue, as well as titles from Marvel, Lucasfilm, Pixar, National Geographic, ESPN, 20th Century Studios and Hulu.

Disney is investing heavily in original content for Disney Plus. This echoes what competitors Netflix and Amazon are already doing. To begin with, the company relied on established brands instead of exploring new avenues. But its focus has changed over time.

The arrival of the Star channel in February 2021 brought 4 Star Originals with more to come in the future. These shows are exclusive to Disney Plus.

On the TV front, Disney Plus offers hours of Disney Channel programming as well as original productions made especially for the streaming service. The list includes Star Wars spin-off The Mandalorian, which became an international hit shortly after its release. Subscribers can even binge-watch 30-plus seasons of popular animated series The Simpsons.

On the movie front, Disney Plus is becoming the exclusive streaming destination for all titles under the Disney umbrella. Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame, for instance, were available at launch, with remakes of The Lion King, Aladdin and Frozen 2 joining the platform in 2020.

The catalogue also includes hundreds of animated titles from the Disney Vault as well as Marvel, Star Wars and Pixar films. Disney Plus has even secured the likes of Broadway musical Hamilton. Meanwhile, Star hosts films targeted to a more adult audience like Free Guy, Nomadland, Bad Times at the El Royale, Boys Don’t Cry, Jennifer’s Body and more. All in all, it’s enough content to last you a couple of lifetimes.

Disney Plus upcoming content

During an investors call in December 2020, Disney Plus laid out plans for 10 new Marvel and 10 new Star Wars series. The Marvel expansion came first with WandaVision on January 15, 2021. Following WandaVision came The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, Loki and Hawkeye, the latter set to drop in November 2021. What If…, Ms. Marvel and She-Hulk are all among the new titles.

On the Star Wars side of things, there will be several series including Andor (starring Rogue One’s Diego Luna), Obi-Wan Kenobi and spin-offs from The Mandalorian entitled Ahsoka and Rangers of the New Republic.

It isn’t all Star Wars and Marvel on the agenda either. Cars, Moana, Zootopia and Big Hero 6 will all be getting either a TV series or a spin-off. There will also be a series based on the fantasy movie Willow and one based on National Treasure.

Star Originals are also making noise. Mystery series Only Murders in the Building and movie Vacation Friends, for instance, became worldwide hits. Upcoming titles that will be released under the Star banner include drama The Dropout and crime thriller Culprits.

It’s expected during Disney Plus Day that several announcements will drop on future releases coming to the platform. Especially on the Marvel and Star Wars front. An early look at Obi-Wan Kenobi series was already leaked.

Future Disney Plus release highlights:

  • Home Sweet Home Alone – 12 November 2021
  • Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings – 12 November 2021
  • Hawkeye – 22 November 2021
  • Star Wars: Andor – 2022
  • Moana TV show – 2023

You can see the full Disney Plus 2020-2023 release schedule here.

How to watch Disney Plus

Disney Plus can be viewed a few different ways. You can watch on your laptop/desktop computer by accessing the website or download the app on iOS and Android devices. There is also an app for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and Xbox One game consoles.

On the big screen, you can use Apple TV, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV Stick, Roku or Android TV to stream from another device. Some Samsung and LG TVs also have built-in Disney Plus support. All content on Disney Plus is in HD.

You can stream on up to 4 devices at once. Unlike Netflix, Disney Plus isn’t charging extra for the ability to watch on multiple screens. Parents will be happy to know you can set up a Kids Profile to ensure your children don’t see any inappropriate material.

Disney Plus features

  • Multiple profiles. Disney Plus allows up to 4 concurrent streams, which means that more users can watch at the same time using only 1 account. On that note, you can create separate profiles for everyone, so that each user can curate their own watch list and keep track of the content they’re most interested in. You can also choose a Disney character for a profile picture.
  • Offline viewing. Disney Plus allows you to download shows and movies on mobile devices to enjoy on-the-go without burning through your mobile data. All titles are available for download, unlike Netflix where some titles (especially non-originals) aren’t. There’s no limit to how many downloads you can have, other than the storage capacity of your device.
  • Accessibility features. The streaming service offers a variety of accessibility options, including closed captioning, audio descriptions, text-to-speech support, colour contrast, responsive design and keyboard navigations. Availability of closed captioning and audio descriptions varies by language. Thanks to Disney Plus being a global streaming service, you’ll find content available in multiple languages.
  • 4K, Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision. The majority of the library is in 4K Ultra HD and HDR. There’s also content that comes with 5.1 Surround Sound and Dolby Atmos and content that supports the Dolby Vision standard. More titles are continually having their quality upgraded. Keep in mind that you’ll need a compatible device and a high-speed Internet connection to enjoy these features.
  • Kids Profile. Disney Plus lets you set up a special Kids Profile that only shows titles rated age-appropriate. You can set it up as you would a normal profile – just make sure you check the Kids Profile box when setting the profile name.
  • IMAX-enhanced. On November 12, 2021, Disney Plus will be adding IMAX’s expanded aspect ratio on select Marvel films. In layman’s terms, this should allow the film to take up your entire screen instead of it being full width but still having black gaps at the top and bottom of the screen.
  • Ability to request shows and movies. While the Disney Plus content library is pretty comprehensive, some shows and movies from the Disney catalogue are missing. If you can’t find your favourite title, you can request it to be added by accessing the Help Section and using the Give Feedback feature.
  • GroupWatch. In late 2020, Disney Plus began rolling out its GroupWatch feature. This allows you to watch and react to the same show with up to 6 different friends at once. It can be used to help you create your own virtual watch party.

Disney Plus Premier Access

Since the global coronavirus pandemic, Disney moved several of its cinematic releases straight to Disney Plus. Some of the titles that have received this treatment include Artemis Fowl, Mulan, Cruella, Raya and the Last Dragon, Black Widow and Jungle Cruise.

Premier Access is for titles that you can watch via Disney Plus but require an additional payment. Disney Plus first introduced Premier Access for the remake of Mulan. Premier Access costs $34.99 to watch but also required you to have an active Disney Plus subscription. Once purchased, you’re able to watch the Premier Access title as many times as you like.

There’s no other way to access these titles on Disney Plus without paying up or waiting for them to be added to the rest of the library. This usually takes around 3 months.

How does Disney Plus compare to Netflix, Prime Video and others?

Despite joining an increasingly crowded marketplace, Disney Plus stacks up really well. When comparing it to other premium streaming services that offer 4K and multiple devices, Disney Plus currently costs significantly less than the likes of Netflix. The only 2 streaming services cheaper than Disney Plus before the price rise are Prime Video and Apple TV Plus.

Although it will become more expensive with its upcoming price bump, it will still cost less than packages from Netflix except for the basic standard definition plan.

The interfaces for Netflix, Prime Video and Disney Plus are similar, but Disney may have an advantage due to its simplicity. As Disney Plus sorts its content via brands such as National Geographic and Pixar, it’s easier to navigate than others.

Disney also has the benefit of owning the rights to its own content, which has spelled disaster for other streaming services or paid subscription providers as Disney has taken their own shows off other platforms. In the future, Disney Plus is likely to continue taking back its content from the other services.

Inevitably, the biggest battle will be that of Disney Plus vs Netflix, which are already engaged in a worldwide heavyweight streaming war.

Our verdict on Disney Plus

So far Disney Plus has gone off without a hitch. Its price is phenomenal compared to its competitors. What it lacked in content to begin with made up for in quality, with new originals. Add in the fact Disney Plus will only improve as more originals and big exclusive releases make it to the platform.

But maybe more importantly, it hosts content from Disney’s subsidiaries Marvel, Lucasfilm, Fox Studios and National Geographic. These are some of the biggest media franchises in the world, so it’s obvious that the Force will continue to be strong for Disney Plus.

The removal of the free trial hasn’t seemed to affect consumers’ willingness to test out the platform, as it has now grown to well over 100 million subscribers. With some adult content joining the platform from February 2021, it’s now an even more common subscription service in households.

If you’re still tossing up whether it’s right for you, then check out our list of the best Disney Plus shows and the best Disney Plus movies.

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