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When Will Disney Plus Launch in Canada?

Posted by William Sattelberg on October 17, 2019

Streaming services have defined the last decade of entertainment, with Netflix rising through the ranks to become the home of some of the most beloved shows of this generation. From Stranger Things to Bojack Horseman, plenty of your favorite shows have likely originated in streaming, with Hulu and Amazon also producing their own online originals. The Emmys have grown to be dominated by shows from Netflix or Amazon, while even the Oscars have, reluctantly, begun to show praise towards streaming originals like Roma.

So, as we reach the end of the 2010s, it seems like it’s finally time for old-school media companies to jump into the streaming game. Though other companies like Comcast and WarnerMedia have announced their own streaming services, Disney has beaten them all to the punch. After announcing their intention to launch a Disney streaming app back in 2017, we’re finally coming up on the Disney Plus launch date. Come November 12th, Disney Plus will be your streaming home for every Disney film and series you could imagine, with more being added after its launch. Throw in a massive lineup of original films and shows, including a number of new TV shows set in the universes of Marvel and Star Wars.

Of course, while November 12th is the launch date for the United States, you might be wondering when the platform will launch in other countries around the world. Have no fear: whether you’re just north of the US or you’re halfway around the world, we have details about when you’ll finally get access to one of the hottest streaming launches to date.

The Great White North

If you happen to live in Canada, great news! You won’t have to wait any longer than any of your southern friends, as Disney Plus will launch in Canada day and date, November 12th. If you’re in Canada, head over to Disney’s preview site here and you’ll see the same countdown available in the US. Though the site is virtually identical to the one featured in the United States, you’ll note that a ‘ca’ identifier has been added to the URL at the top, confirming this is the Canadian launch page for Disney Plus.

However, unlike in the US, you cannot pre-order your subscription to Disney Plus prior to the launch date, which would give you instant access when Disney Plus goes live next month. Below the countdown, you won’t be able to click on a payment option; instead, you’ll see the option to input your email for more info. That’s a different option than what we’ve seen from Disney Plus in the US, where you get the option to select one of two payments: $6.99 per month or $69.99 annually.

Still, you should be able to sign up directly on November 12th, assuming there’s no issues with Disney’s servers come launch day.

Disney Worldwide

What about everywhere else? Well, in addition to the previously-mentioned United States and Canada, Disney Plus will also launch on November 12th in the Netherlands, where Disney is currently performing a free limited beta for anyone who signs up for the service. You’ll still have to enter a payment method to access this free demo, however, so unless you have a Netherlands-based payment method, you’ll have to wait for the official launch next month.

On November 19th, Disney will launch Disney Plus for two more locations: Australia and New Zealand, so those based in Oceania will have the opportunity to check out The Mandalorian just a week later.

Unfortunately for the rest of our readers, you may have to wait some additional time before Disney Plus comes to your home. In April 2019, during Disney’s announcement of their streaming platform, the compny confirmed that it was planning to roll the service worldwide over two years. The House of Mouse has only announced two regions targeted so far: Western European and Asia-Pacific countries will see a Disney Plus launch between late 2019 and early 2020, while Eastern Europe and Latin America will have to wait until later into next year. Unfortunately, this isn’t Disney being greedy or slow to take their service worldwide: the timing of each international launch is tied up while Disney waits to reacquire the streaming rights to large portions of their library from services like Netflix.

In other words, be patient, global Disney fans. Or, alternatively, learn how to use a VPN.

Disney Plus Pricing

If you’re curious what Disney Plus will cost around the world, we’ve done the research for you. Here’s what Disney Plus will cost in each of the five launch regions, listed in each respective currency:

    • United States: $6.99 per month or $69.99 annually
    • Canada: $8.99 per month or $89.99 annually
    • Netherlands: €6.99 or €69.99 annually
    • Australia $8.99 per month or $89.99 annually
    • New Zealand: $9.99 per month or $99.99 annually

These prices may look more expensive, especially in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, but in fact, when converting from the base USD $6.99 to the other locations above, they’re actually all cheaper, as of the conversion rate on October 17th, 2019. The one exception is in the Netherlands, which is priced at €6.99. This is more expensive than $6.99 per month USD, thanks to the conversion rate.

We’ll have to wait until launch dates for other countries in order to see how Disney’s pricing stacks up.

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With Disney ready to start its worldwide rollout next month, what shows and movies are you looking forward to streaming most? Are you in a region where Disney Plus is ready to launch, or are you waiting until next year? Let us know in the comments below, and check out our guides to the shows and movies coming to Disney Plus after launch!

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