Disney has launched its much-awaited streaming service Disney+ on November 12, 2019. The service is ad-free at the moment and offers a wide variety of content from Disney’s biggest subsidiaries such as Pixar, National Geographic, 20th Century Fox, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe at $6.99/month.
In addition, Disney+ has all Star Wars movies in 4K Ultra HD resolution, making it the first service to offer it in such a high resolution. To add to its Star Wars archive, Disney+ is kicking off its launch by releasing weekly episodes of the 8-part series The Mandalorian, which is set in the Star Wars universe.
One Disney+ account can have up to 7 profiles, with simultaneous streaming on 4 devices. Its impressive initial inventory of 500+ movies and 7500+ tv episodes can be downloaded on up to 10 devices. The Disney+ website’s FAQ promises no limits on the number of times or the number of titles a single account can download, the only restriction being device storage. Moreover, the downloaded titles don’t have an expiration date, given that the device is connected to the internet at least once every 30 days.
As mentioned previously, the service is priced at $6.99/month after a 7-day trial. A yearly subscription is billed at $69.99, which could be seen as the subscriber getting access for 12 months at the price of 10 months. Disney+ can also be subscribed to as a bundled service along with Hulu and ESPN+ for $12.99/month, which would cost lesser than separately subscribing to all three services.
Countries it is available in
The service was launched in the United States and Canada on the 12th, making it available only in North America at the moment.
Disney+’s initial release proved to be a success, with Disney’s stocks growing by 1.2% and Netflix’s dropping by 1.2%. However, user’s experienced glitches on the first day itself which Disney attributed to the overwhelming demand the platform generated so early in its launch.
The service expected to launch in Australia and New Zealand by the 19th of November.
By March 2020, the company hopes to kick off its run in the European continent, by releasing in countries such as the UK, Spain, France, Germany, etc.
However, no news about the launch in Asian countries exists at the moment, meaning that people in the Asian continent might have to wait a while before finally experiencing Disney+. Despite this setback, there is a way to access the service in India.
How to access Disney+ in India
Unfortunately, Disney+ is yet to make an official debut in many countries outside the US, including India. HotStar, one of the leading OTT provider in India, has reaffirmed its promise to bring Disney+ in India asap, there is no official confirmation or launch schedule from them yet.
So, if you are one of those hyper excited active consumers of streaming content and can’t wait for popular series to come you until Hotstar bring Disney+ in India, there is a hack that can help you access Disney+ using VPN services.
Apart from being a great hack for bypassing geo-restrictions on content, using a VPN has other perks such as protecting your browsing activity, location, etc.
For a mobile device, a user first needs to download an APK version of the Dinsey+ app from APKPure. To access the app, it is necessary that the user has a VPN app on their device. Before logging in to the streaming service, the VPN must be activated. Some trustworthy free VPN mobile apps are TurboVPN, TunnelBear, and ProtonVPN. It is important to note that free VPNs are notorious for selling user data, and thus paid ones or those that offer both paid and free services are the safest to use.
After activating the VPN, the user simply needs to sign up. The subscriber will have to enter their payment details to avail the free trial. If the service isn’t to the user’s liking, the subscription can be cancelled before the trial ends.
For a PC, the user must have a VPN extension or application on their device. To access the service, they can simply activate their VPN and go to the Disney+ browser website and follow the same process of signing up and availing the free trial.