The launch date is almost here. Australians have less than a week until Disney’s big Netflix rival streaming service kicks off. Here are all the geeky TV shows and animated movies you won’t be able to find anywhere else.
If you were planning to join Disney+ today to watch the new Star Wars saga The Mandalorian, we have some bad news for you. Australia isn't actually getting the service today. Unfortunately, Aussie Star Wars fans are being forced to wait a little longer. Here are the details.
While we’ve known what many of the launch-day movies and shows are going to be for some time, it’s one thing to look at a boring bulleted list to try to find your favourites. I prefer JustWatch’s new Disney Plus guide instead, which dumps most of the Disney Plus titles into a visually pleasing, easy-to-browse database.
What you won’t find on JustWatch’s guide are any new shows or movies that have yet to actually be shown anywhere. In other words, The Mandalorian won’t appear on the list until its actual debut — sorry, fans of Fett.
For any films or shows that already exist, you’ll be able to click through to see all the usual information you’d want to know about something you’re contemplating watching. That includes the film or show’s synopsis, ratings from services like IMDB or Rotten Tomatoes, the cast, a list of places where you can purchase the film or show, and the runtime. You can even add shows and movies to a watchlist, if you create a JustWatch account, to help you keep track of everything in your (mental) queue.
And, of course, you’ll be able to search for other content to watch by its release year, genre, rating, or type — a movie or a TV show, for example. I’ve found JustWatch’s search capabilities to be far more useful than anything a streaming service typically offers, even though you’re much more likely to pull up a streaming service and lazily browse through show, after movie, after show, to find something to watch.
If you can break yourself of that habit, JustWatch’s guide is a great companion for Disney+ (or any of the other major streaming services).
Editor's Note: It's not yet known whether Disney's entire U.S. line-up will be available on the Australian version of Disney+, but stay tuned for more information closer to the local launch on November 19.