It’s finally confirmed. South Africa (and a bunch of other territories that aren’t important right now) will get access to the Disney+ streaming service mid-2022.
“Disney+, the streaming service from The Walt Disney Company, confirmed that this winter it will launch in 42 countries and 11 new territories*. New countries include South Africa, Turkey, Poland and the United Arab Emirates,” a press release details.
Disney+ launched in late 2019 and has since diverted all of its original content away from other streaming services to its own. Currently, you won’t find much Marvel or Disney content on services like Netflix or Amazon Prime video, as it’s all been funnelled to Disney+.
Disney+ grows up
This means that all countries that don’t have access to Disney’s streaming platform can’t technically watch any of the publisher’s content unless they equip a VPN (which is still kinda frowned upon). That’s especially true for the company’s new original content like The Mandalorian set in the Star Wars universe, and Marvel’s WandaVision, Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Loki series.
“With exclusive original content and thousands of episodes and movies from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic and general entertainment from Star, Disney+ is the streaming home for some of the world’s most beloved stories,” the press release details.
In the US, the service currently costs $8 per month, which means we’re looking at around R125 in South Africa once it launches. The release confirms a ‘winter 2022’ release date, which means we should see the service live in the country around June/July.