Disney+ joins Apple TV+ by launching in Korea and Taiwan

Disney+ on an iPhone
Disney+ on an iPhone (Image credit: iMore)

What you need to know

  • Disney+ is now available in Korea and Taiwan.
  • Apple TV+ just went live in Korea this week.

Popular streaming service Disney Plus is now available in both Korea and Taiwan as of today, with launch coming just days after Apple TV+ also went live in Korea.

Disney+ will be available for KRW9,900 ($8.40) per month or KRW99,000 ($84) per year in Korea, while Taiwanese customers will pay TWD 270 ($9.71) a month and TWD 2,790 ($100.4) per year. As a Variety report notes, today's go-live follows launches in Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand earlier this year. Disney+ is also set to become available in Hong Kong early next week, too.

Content specific to the region will be available, the report also notes.

"Outrun by Running Man," the first spin-off from the popular Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS) variety show "Running Man," will be available on Disney Plus starting immediately in Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.

These new launches come after it was confirmed that Disney+ subscription numbers continue to grow — it now has more than 118 million worldwide, a 60% increase on the same period last year. The expansion isn't cheap, however, with increased costs showing that Disney is determined to continue its rate of growth.

The higher loss at Disney+ was due to higher programming and production, marketing and technology costs, partially offset by increases in subscription and Premier Access revenues. Higher subscription revenue reflected subscriber growth and increases in retail pricing. Higher Premier Access revenue was due to two releases in the current quarter, Black Widow and Jungle Cruise, compared to one release in the prior-year quarter, Mulan. The increases in costs and subscribers reflected the ongoing expansion of Disney+.

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Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.