Disney+ will begin its streaming service on 23 February 2021 in Singapore, the first to get all six of the company’s iconic brands: Disney, Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar, National Geographic, and Star.
With that, Disney+ joins the other content platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video that are already in Singapore, giving viewers an additional option for content. If you are considering to subscribe or changing your existing streaming subscriptions to Disney+, read on. We put together some information on key content platforms that are already available in Singapore and compare them with Disney+ to help you decide on the go-to platform for your daily entertainment consumption.
From 23 February 2021, Disney+ will offer over 650 films and 15,000 episodes from all across Disney’s iconic brands: Disney, Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar, National Geographic and Star – a new channel where Disney-owned content from Hulu, ABC, FOX, and Freeform will also be available.
Disney+ allows their content to be downloaded for offline viewing, thus you won’t have to rely on an internet connection to enjoy your Disney movies and series.
Disney+ will also feature a few new shows this year, from Marvel’s “What If…?”, a series focusing on alternate realities set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to Monsters at Work, which features Monstropolis after the events of Monsters, Inc.
A Disney+ subscription will cost S$11.98 monthly or S$119.98 annually. While there is no free trial subscription, StarHub subscribers can get Disney+ for free for two years if they sign up for two of StarHub’s TV+ passes or add a second TV+ Pass to their HomeHub+.
Besides English content, Disney is also currently working on a K-drama titled “Our Police Class”. It is Disney’s first original K-drama and K-Pop idol Daniel Kang has been reported to be making his acting debut in the show.
Netflix is undoubtedly the most varied (and the oldest) among those here on this list. The content platform features series from all across the world like “The Break” from Belgium, “Boys Over Flowers” from South Korea, and “Call My Agent!” from France.
Netflix has its own original content as well, with “The Crown”, “Black Mirror”, and “Orange Is the New Black” among those you can watch on the streaming platform. Animated shows like “Castlevania”, a series based on KONAMI’s hugely popular game franchise of the same name, and “Dragon’s Dogma”, a series based on a game of the same title developed by CAPCOM can also be enjoyed here.
Netflix‘s Basic plan costs S$11.98 monthly, allowing you to watch and download all of Netflix’s content on one device only but the regular definition. The Standard plan costs S$15.98 per month, allowing you to watch up to two screens (which means you can share your Netflix account with someone else) and watch Netflix’s content in HD. The Premium plan, which costs S$19.98 per month, allows you to watch up to four screens in UHD.
HBO Go is the only HBO streaming platform accessible in Singapore due to the company severing its support from it to support HBO Max, HBO’s new streaming platform that is only available inside the US as of now. However, you can still subscribe to HBO Go through iTunes or Google Play, or Singtel or StarHub.
HBO Go features some of the platform’s most popular (or infamous, depending on who you’re talking to) series like “Game of Thrones”, “Olive Kitteridge”, and “The Sopranos.” HBO Go is also a platform for everything Warner Bros., so you can expect to see DC animated classics like “Batman: The Animated Series” in the list.
Singtel prices an HBO Go subscription at S$13.98 for a 12-month contract with two months free. Singtel users can also pay the subscription fee with their Singtel bill or credit card for the same price. StarHub offers an HBO subscription at S$13.98 per month but will only come with StarHub’s TV GO Value-Added Service for HBO Pak, Box Office Pack, Supreme Box Office Pack, Movies d’Lite and Movies Pass. StarHub added a disclaimer on their HBO Go page that HBO Go is only available on iOS devices through a subscription on starhubtvplus.com for S$9.90 and then view the HBO Go app afterwards.
Apple TV+ does not offer as much content as its contemporaries due to its recent launch back in November 2019. However, the content platform still has more than enough shows to keep you glued to your TV screen with its exclusive content.
Besides iOS devices, you can also access Apple TV+ on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and Series X consoles, Samsung Smart TVs and in PCs through Apple’s website or its official app. You can also download TV shows and movies to the device of your choice for offline viewing.
Apple TV+ offers exclusive series like “Ted Lasso”, a series about an American football coach who moves to England to coach a soccer team (or football team, if you prefer it that way); M. Night Shyamalan’s “Servant,” a horror series that follows a Philadelphia couple’s story through loss and tragedy; and the streaming platform’s first award-winning series, “The Morning Show”. This series starring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carell, focuses on the workplace of the people who wake America up.
There are also exclusive documentaries like “Earth At Night In Colour” narrated by Tom Hiddleston, and family-friendly shows such as “The Snoopy Show” and “Helpsters” on its roster.
Apple TV+ subscription is priced at S$6.98 per month, with a 7-day free trial included. If you want a free year of Apple TV+ though, all new iOS device purchases come with a one-year free subscription to the service!
Amazon Prime Video
Amazon Prime Video is Amazon’s streaming service that comes along with their Amazon Prime subscription. It allows you to manage how much data you are willing to use for streaming or downloading on some smartphones and tablets. The streaming platform also allows content to be downloaded for offline viewing and allows users to view on three different devices simultaneously.
Coming soon on the content platform, “The Man in the High Castle” is a top-rated exclusive series that features an alternate reality when the allies lost World War Two and the United States was divided between Imperial Japan and Nazi Germany. It also has “The Marvellous Mrs Maisel,” a series that features a late 50s New Yorker, Midge Maisel, in her roller coaster married life.
Amazon Prime Video also has something for K-drama viewers with programs like “The Greatest Love”, “Moon Embracing The Sun” and “Empress Ki”.
Amazon Prime Video is free when you subscribe to Amazon Prime at S$2.99 a month. This also comes with other benefits from Amazon Prime such as free one-day domestic shipping and free international shipping for orders over S$60.
If you need a quick glance at the prices and some unique content on each platform, here’s a handy table!
Written by John Paul Joaquin