From March, Disney+ subscribers in Australia and New Zealand will have the choice of two different tiers, Disney+ Standard and Disney+ Premium.

Last November, Disney+ made some major changes to the tiers available to subscribers in many countries, including Canada and the United Kingdom.   The launch included rebranding the existing ad-free tier to Disney+ Premium and launching two brand new tiers,  Standard and Standard With Ads.  

Disney had announced that it was planning on rolling the ad-supported tier to other regions in 2024, and it looks like the ad-supported tier isn’t yet going to be available in Australia and New Zealand, but the company is going to streamline the system to match other countries, by offering two versions of Disney+.

The new tiers will launch on March 5th 2024, and will follow a similar system used in other countries across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

The Standard and Premium plans will continue to offer access to the Disney+ content library and key product features, including:

  • Exclusive Originals & Library Content: A collection of thousands of award-winning titles across films, documentaries, TV series, and shorts, all in one place
  • Profiles: Ability to create multiple profiles per account, with the option to set profile PINs and content ratings by profile through Parental Controls
  • Concurrent Viewing: Stream on up to four supported devices simultaneously, depending on your plan
  • High-Quality Video Formats: Depending on your plan, formats include 4K Ultra HD, Dolby Vision, Full HD, HDR10, and Expanded Aspect Ratio with IMAX Enhanced where supported

The differences between Standard and Premium are that the Standard version allows only two concurrent streams at once, while Premium will allow four people to stream at once.  Standard also won’t offer the higher-quality video formats 4K and HDR, nor will it include Atmos sound.

The other bad news is that the Premium offering is going to be increasing in price, with the Standard tier launching at the current price of:

  • Australia -$13.99 per month or $139.99 per year
  • New Zealand – $14.99 per month or $149.99 per year

Disney+ Premium will be offered at the following price:

  • Australia – $17.99 a month or $179.99 a year
  • New Zealand – $18.99 a month or $189.99 a year

Current subscribers are being informed of the change with emails, which includes a change of terms and conditions.

Until March 4th 2024, new, eligible returning, and existing monthly Disney+ subscribers will be able to get a year’s worth of Disney+ Premium for the current annual price.  So, if you want to stay on the Premium tier and have a renewal coming in the next month or so or are currently on a monthly plan, this might be a good time to take out the annual subscription.

This change basically means subscribers have the choice of downgrading to the Standard plan to keep at the same price but lose some functions like 4K and Atmos or pay to upgrade to keep at the Premium level. 

No details have been revealed on when the cheaper ad-supported tier will be launching in the region.

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Roger Palmer

Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom. Email: Twitter: Facebook:

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