PICS | Disney+ launches in South Africa, it has no passwords and costs R119 per month

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Nthati Moshesh, Kwenzokuhle Ngcobo and Siphesihle Ndaba at the Disney+ launch event in Johannesburg.
Nthati Moshesh, Kwenzokuhle Ngcobo and Siphesihle Ndaba at the Disney+ launch event in Johannesburg.

South Africans love their streaming services and the price of DSTV has made them try and find even more alternatives. 

For years it's only been services like Showmax, Netflix, eVOD and a few others. 

Now there's one more added to the mix – Disney+. The service is home to various loved brands like Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic. 

And when compared to other streaming services, it's not too expensive. 

Read more | Here’s what you’ll be able to watch on Disney+ in South Africa on launch day

The Walt Disney Company is the latest platform to enter the South African market by officially launching Disney+ on Wednesday, 18 May. 

Standard pricing starts at  R119 per month or a discounted annual fee of R1,190, with a pre-launch promotion that allowed South African residents who registered ahead of the 18 May launch date to lock in a special price of R950 for the rest of the year. 

Walt Disney Africa General Manager and Vice President Christine Service tells us why. "We think carefully about pricing in each of our markets and look at the value of the service but also look at the specific dynamics in a market and what other forms of entertainment are priced at and things around spending power. We are also really happy with the price, we think it delivers great value to subscribers." 

Unlike Disney+ in the US, UK, and Europe, or other streaming platforms, Disney+ South Africa is passwordless, you sign in using a cellphone number and receive a one-time PIN.

Christine says they are excited about this. "What's very unique about our service here and we have a similar method in some other markets in the world is that, yes it uses your mobile phone number as your login and you authenticate with a one-time pin that is sent to your phone. I am excited about that because people here are quite used to that and you don't necessarily need to put in an e-mail address."

Subscribers will also be able to enjoy over 100 titles from Disney and Pixar, including the entire “Toy Story” franchise, Academy Award-winning films from Walt Disney Animation Studios, and fan favorites Frozen and Frozen 2. Disney fans can also stream the Academy Award-winning Cruella starring Emma Stone and more. 

"All of the content that people know and love from all those studios is on the service. What's more exciting is that under the Star brand we have a huge array of general entertainment. Brand new exciting and exclusive shows like the new series of Keeping Up With The Kardashians. But we have also got much-loved series that people know and love like Greys Anatomy, Black-ish, Grownish," she shares. 

Christine says they are committed to making sure that their audiences around the world see themselves reflected in the shows that are on Disney+.

"It's a massive priority, we are making sure kids see themselves and their world."  

They will be announcing more shows as they get developed. "We have made a massive commitment in investments and for content for Disney+ and that is all rolling out all the time. In the coming months, we have a Star Wars series The Book of Boba Fett that people can look forward to. Dr Strange that's currently on cinemas now."  

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Smart with a touch of Disney+ was the theme for the launch party at Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit in Midrand last night and celebrities did not disappoint. 

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Musician Busiswa Gqola at the Disney+ launch event
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Singer Holly Rey at teh Disney+ launch event.
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Zikhona Sodlaka at teh Disney+ launch event.
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Tumisho Masha at the Disney+ launch event.
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Lasizwe at the Disney+ launch event.

Here are more pictures from the blue carpet. 

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