In surprise move, Disney Plus offers heaps more movies in Australia than the US

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Australians are used to getting the short end of the stick when it comes to the size of their streaming content libraries, often missing out on movies and TV shows available to US subscribers – yes, we're talking about you, Netflix

However, things appear to be quite the opposite when it comes to Disney Plus, which officially launched in Australia this morning.

In news that's likely to shock and astound Aussies all over the country, Gizmodo Australia has discovered that the local version of Disney Plus actually has more movies on offer than the US version of the streaming service.

The site has started compiling a list of the titles that are available in Australia but not in the US, which so far includes the following:

  • A Wrinkle in Time
  • Alice Through the Looking Glass
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp
  • Beauty and the Beast (2017)
  • Black Panther
  • Christopher Robin
  • Coco
  • Dead Men Tell No Tales
  • Maleficent
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • National Treasure 2
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story
  • The Avengers: Endgame
  • The Avengers: Infinity War
  • The Incredibles 2
  • The Jungle Book (2016)
  • The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Tomorrowland

Not a bad haul, right? It's actually a bit hard to believe that these films aren't available to stream on Disney Plus for our American friends. 

We have to imagine that the rights for the above films are currently tied up with various cable networks or streaming platforms across the US – something that isn't an issue in Australia now that Stan's content licensing agreement with Disney has expired.

As for what the Yanks do have on Disney Plus that we do not, the list is short – Season 30 of The Simpsons is available to stream on the service in the US but not in Australia. Somehow, we don't think many Aussies will kick up a stink about that one...

Stephen Lambrechts
Senior Journalist, Phones and Entertainment

Stephen primarily covers phones and entertainment for TechRadar's Australian team, and has written professionally across the categories of tech, film, television and gaming in both print and online for over a decade. He's obsessed with smartphones, televisions, consoles and gaming PCs, and has a deep-seated desire to consume all forms of media at the highest quality possible. 

He's also likely to talk a person’s ear off at the mere mention of Android, cats, retro sneaker releases, travelling and physical media, such as vinyl and boutique Blu-ray releases. Right now, he's most excited about QD-OLED technology, The Batman and Hellblade 2: Senua's Saga.