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We may know when Disney+ will launch in South Africa

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I watched Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker yesterday. Don’t worry: I won’t spoil anything about the film here. What I do have to divulge though happened a few moments before the start of the film as a conversation among us press about The Mandalorian caught the ear of a Disney Africa representative who happened to be at the screening to monitor our actions (Disney takes the secrecy around Star Wars very serious!).

As I was answering somebody’s question about when we could potentially see The Mandalorian by explaining that Africa wasn’t even on Disney’s original two-year rollout plan for Disney+, the Disney rep seated next to me piped up unexpectedly to add that the currently planned launch date for the streaming service will be October 2021. Yes, I know that’s still just under two years away (actually exactly two years since the US launch), but at least now we know that Africa is at least in the conversation. There’s a plan! A plan that may change (as was stressed), but a plan nonetheless. That’s a far cry from a few months ago when I asked Disney Africa about it and was just greeted by a whole lot of nothing.

Continuing on, the Disney rep explained that Disney+ would actually have launched earlier if it wasn’t for the fact that some of the content on the service is currently tied up in broadcast deals with Multichoice that will only expire in 2021. I had also heard a few weeks ago via unconfirmed reports that Multichoice had actually approached Disney to licence out the new exclusive Disney+ content like The Mandalorian as well on top of their existing deals, but the House of Mouse turned it down. I must repeat: this is completely unconfirmed. However, it was all but confirmed that Disney is not licencing out content in general and prefer to hold onto programming until they can launch it exclusively themselves.

This is a massive bummer as by October 2021 the Marvel Cinematic Universe series for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, WandaVision, Loki, What if…?, and Hawkeye would all already have launched on Disney+ with us still not having a legal method of watching these shows. Shows that Marvel boss Kevin Feige has stressed multiple times will be building up to and spinning out of the movies that take place between them. So we’re going to officially get the movies locally, but not the series, meaning they will inevitably just be pirated to hell and back. Which, as the Disney rep himself admitted, “sucks”.

But at least when the service does eventually hits our shores, it will reportedly have a very affordable price point. Currently, Disney+ is $7 per month (around R100) with that monthly cost dropping to around $5.83 (R83) if you take an annual subscription. There’s also a fantastic bundle also including Hulu and ESPN on top of Disney+ for just $13 (R186). It’s uncertain if we’ll get the latter (especially considering Multichoice’s local monopoly on sport), but it would be a very lucrative option if we did.

Last Updated: December 19, 2019


  1. I’d happily pay R200 for Hulu & ESPN. Oh, and Disney+ I guess.


  2. MaSeKind

    December 19, 2019 at 13:25

    That really does suck. By that time no one will probably really care about Mandalorian anymore.

    And why can’t Disney just not have those shows that DSTV have rights for here? If Netflix can do it, surely Disney can figure it out


    • Daniel Bate

      December 19, 2019 at 14:16

      I’m also confused by this. Unless they haven’t set up their infrastructure to support multiple territories with different content. So just one system.

      Does that also mean that when Disney Plus launches, will we not get any Disney film on MNet. When they reach regular TV distribution. Or will they have limited license to that. Maybe not being allowed to have them on Catch Up, or VOD.


      • MaSeKind

        December 19, 2019 at 15:42

        Well thinking about it a bit, it seems a very Disney thing to not want to do this. Some people have joked that Disney will eventually own all cinemas and basically the whole movie entertainment business.

        They want total control over their IPs. That was basically the point of creating Disney+. I wouldn’t be surprised if they don’t allow other services or networks to broadcast their stuff. Or have crazy licensing fees


  3. Pennywise The Dancing Clown

    December 19, 2019 at 13:45

    When 900 years old you reach, Disney+ you can watch! Hmmmpfff!


  4. Ayo DocMkize

    December 19, 2019 at 16:42

    I think the delay is welcomed as we are still busy evaluating Netflix & ? TV+.


    • Ofentse Letsholo

      February 15, 2021 at 09:56

      It’s been over a year since you posted your comment, today as I write ✍️ this comment it’s 15 February 2021… how is Apple TV+ going for you? Do you still fancy it or it’s crap?


  5. G8crasha

    December 19, 2019 at 13:25

    No problem for me. I will continue to utilise alternative means of viewing all these series from Disney+!


    • Hammersteyn

      December 19, 2019 at 13:31

      we all do
      *wink wink


      • Son of Banana Jim

        December 19, 2019 at 18:19

        Oh not me sir, I would never take my sailboat out into open waters, I’m but a simple fisherman….


    • Son of Banana Jim

      December 19, 2019 at 18:18

      I like to think we’re exploring the seven seas like the explorers of old… Magellan, the Cooks, the da Gamas….etc.


    • Nora Ariffin

      March 31, 2020 at 12:08

      I suggest you to get PureVPN and access Disney Plus in South Africa with ease.


  6. Hammersteyn

    December 19, 2019 at 13:31

    October 2021 HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Go suck on Kaasies cheddar stupid mouse.


  7. konfab

    December 19, 2019 at 16:13

  8. CodeDisQus

    December 19, 2019 at 23:43

    Guess I will have to wait till 2021 to watch all that stuff….. XD


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