You need a Disney Plus VPN for three reasons:
- You live in a country that doesn’t yet have access
- You’re a US subscriber and want to access Disney+ Star
- Avoid ISP speed throttling
1. Disney Plus Isn’t Available in Your Country
Disney+ is getting releasing gradually across the globe. That means some countries have to wait longer. Some don’t even have a release date scheduled at all.
Disney+ is currently available in these countries:
- Costa Rica
- El Salvador
- French Guiana
- French West Indies
- Isle of Man
- New Caledonia
- New Zealand
- Puerto Rico
- Wallis and Futuna
If your country is not on this list, you need to use a VPN to access Disney+.
Most other countries are scheduled to get Disney+ throughout 2021. This includes Eastern European countries like Bulgaria, Hungary, and Lithuania, and Asia-Pacific markets, including Hong Kong, South Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan.
Access Disney+ Star
In February 2021 Disney launched Disney+ Star for Australasia, Canada, Europe, and the UK.
This includes 276 new films and 75 new TV shows considered more adult-orientated. Much of it comes from the archives of 20th Century Studios, FX, ABC, Searchlight Pictures, and more.
You can see the whole list of Star content here.
Disney+ Star is available in:
- The Netherlands
Star content is available under a Hulu subscription in the US. US customers can get a Hulu subscription as part of a Disney+ bundle deal. However, this costs more than a regular subscription.
A VPN will allow US subscribers to access Star content by changing your IP address, and without paying a dime more. In countries with Star access, you don’t need to pay more to access this content; it’s available as part of a regular subscription.
However, there has been a price hike following the introduction of Star. In the UK the price went from £5.99 to £7.99 per month. For Australian users, the price jumped from $8.99 to $11.99. If you were already a subscriber before Star’s launch, you will pay the original pricing until August 2021.
But there is more content on Hulu than Disney+ Star. That’s because Star doesn’t provide licensed content from third parties like Hulu does. That means Americans do have a content advantage. If you want access to Hulu from Europe or the UK, you can use a VPN to set up a US account, or subscribe to Hulu on its own.
Avoid ISP Speed Throttling
As Disney+ continues its roll out to more and more countries, there are still benefits to be gained from a VPN for those who already have access.
A VPN gives you privacy and protects you from the risk of your ISP throttling your speed while you stream. Which they often do, especially if you’re in the US due to the repeal of net neutrality.
Additional research by David Hughes