Disney Plus 'practically doubling' content with Star and raising price in New Zealand on February 23

Disney Plus adding 155 TV shows and 435 movies with Star on February 23, but also raising prices.
The new content will be less family friendly than what's currently on Disney Plus. Photo credit: Disney Plus Star

Disney Plus subscribers in New Zealand will have access to 'practically double' the content they do now when the streaming service adds Star on February 23.

Star is a new 'general entertainment content brand' that brings with it seasons from 155 TV shows and 435 movies, most more adult-oriented than the family-friendly fare on the main Disney Plus brand.

However, a price increase will be introduced on the same day as the new content is added.

All seasons of X-Files, Alias and Desperate Housewives will be available on Star along with multiple seasons of Prison Break, Family Guy, Grey's Anatomy and Homeland.

Among the films the service will offer is Titanic, Pretty Woman, both Deadpool movies, the first three Die Hard films, the Taken trilogy, The Greatest Showman, all Alien movies, several Wes Anderson films, Independence Day, Armageddon, Con Air, Face/Off, Runaway Bride, The Devil Wears Prada, Black Swan, Braveheart and Commando.

Disney Plus is one of the main streaming platforms available in Aotearoa alongside Netflix and Neon.

The company says that in order to keep Disney Plus "suitable for audiences of all ages", new parental controls will be added when Star launches that lock access to mature content.

As for the price hike, the monthly fee is being raised from $9.99 to $12.99, while an annual subscription is being raised from $99.99 to $129.99.

There will also be original programming made specifically for the new brand in Star Originals, which will include the upcoming content from the Kardashian/Jenner family.