The Streaming War: A 2022 Update

It seemed like just yesterday that we explored the different types of streaming options available to South African audiences. But now that a new player has entered the ring, all eyes are on Disney+ ahead of its launch on Wednesday, May 18.

But what sets this service apart from its competitors and how will it affect the state of South African streaming? media update‘s Taylor Goodman takes a look.

Let’s stream:

What is Disney+ exactly?

Disney+ is the new kid on the block and is a streaming service from The Walt Disney Company that features exclusive original content from:

  • Disney (sure)
  • Pixar
  • wonder
  • star wars
  • National Geographic and
  • general programming of Star, a Latin American television channel.

The array of content will include famous Disney and Pixar classics like Cinderella and The world of Nemoas well as content like The Kardashians and Encanto.

Users of this streaming service will be able to access content up to four compatible devices that are:

  • Apple/Android TV
  • Chromium operating system
  • windows, and
  • mobile phones and tablets.

Disney+ will also be available to DSTV subscribers via the Explora Ultra set-top box – a smart move by the Multichoice Group. Indeed, its customers will be able to access this content via bundles / contracts while a place.


On a monthly basis, Disney+ costs R119 or R1,190 per year. However, the brand is offering an introductory offer of R950 for 12 months which would save users in the long run.

Why should you use it?

If you are a proud ‘Disney Adult’, we probably don’t need to convince you that Disney+ will bring magic to your life. If you’re not, however, we’re still sure you’ve enjoyed your fair share of Disney content over the years – because who hasn’t, to the right?

While other streaming services, like Netflix, offer their own exclusive content, Disney has the rights to certain content that viewers will not be able to access elsewhere. This exclusivity is a major selling point for the brand.

Plus, Disney+ is a great destination for family viewing because it offers content that both adults and kids can enjoy.

All in all, it would be a delightful addition to your existing bouquet, allowing you to tailor your streaming services to whatever interests you.

How will Disney+ affect streaming services in South Africa?

These days, consumers are inundated with choices about which streaming platforms they subscribe to. But with this influx of options, the services that once dominated the industry are feel the pressure on their market share.

Netflix, an industry cornerstone, recently reported a drop in number of subscribers for the first time in a decade. This proves that, to stand out in the sea of ​​streaming, platforms that previously had no competition will be must do more to permanently stand out.

Thus, streaming services such as Showmax, Vodacom Video Play and eVOD will have to make sure they offer things to South Africans really want to see and highlight their unique local offerings. This will help them gain an edge over their competitors in a local context. Otherwise, subscribers could only switch.

Which streaming service do you think is worth the most? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Want to know more about the streaming services available to you? Then be sure to check out Streaming wars: What are the options?

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