Since Disney+ launched in November 2019, the streaming platform has continued to grow, with lots of new classic movies and TV shows added to the service, along with new Disney+ Original content.
While the majority of content is identical around the globe, such as the Disney+ Originals such as “The Mandalorian” or “High School Musical: The Musical – The Series”, there are some regional differences.
And there are some big differences in the amount of content available, as of February 15th 2020, this is how many titles are available in each region, which includes TV shows, movies and shorts:
New Zealand: 883
United States: 861
And breaking down these numbers a little further we can see what each region has in terms of TV shows and movies:
New Zealand: 722
United States: 690
New Zealand: 161
United States: 172
Looking at these numbers, its interesting to see that the United States has more TV shows available than any other country, but has the least amount of movies available. With Australia and New Zealand generally standing out as having the larger libraries of content, which are very similar.
The Netherlands has the smallest library of content, as it has the lowest amount of TV Shows available and it will be interesting to see how this stacks up against other European countries when it launches in the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria, and Switzerland on March 24th. Currently the UK and Ireland Disney streaming service, DisneyLife has just 572 titles available, (450 movies and 122 TV shows), so Disney+ will be a major upgrade for those subscribers, especially with Star Wars, Marvel and National Geographic titles being added.
Both the United States and Canada have issues with newer titles such as “The Incredibles 2” and “Mary Poppins Returns”, not being available, as these were licensed to Netflix. All of these titles are available in Australia, New Zealand and the Netherlands.
20th Century Studios content varies the most, with the United States losing out to much of the content due to existing streaming contracts that were made before Disney purchased 21st Century Fox. Other regions have access to many more movies from franchises such as “Ice Age” and “X-Men”, except for the United States.
The United States Disney+ library is having some titles removed due to existing contracts, which does seem to be hitting 20th Century Studios titles more frequently. As its becoming very apparent that both Disney and Fox were making multiple deals for content distribution in the US, before Disney+ was launched, whereas these contracts seem much simpler in other regions.
Right now, if you want to watch movies, Disney+ in Australia has the best library, while for TV Shows, the United States has the largest amount of content, but both of these countries are still missing content that is available in other regions.
Disney+ is going to be a global streaming service, so there will always be some differences. As it’s going to take a few more years until we get a little more similarity between the regions, as existing contracts come to an end.
It’s still important to note that the vast majority of content available is identical around the world and every region has at least one title that no other country has.
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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.