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How to watch Mulan online - stream the live-action 2020 movie

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This year has been a mess in so many ways, but at least we can now watch Mulan 2020 without having to leave home as a consolation prize. The live-action remake is now available via Disney Plus and its new 'Premier Access' experiment, allowing you to stream Mulan from anywhere.

But what is Premier Access? And how can we watch Mulan with it? In short, it's a new feature within Disney Plus where members pay a one-off fee to stream Mulan as often as they want. There's no time limit, either; unlike other view-on-demand services, the film will be available to watch as often as you like so long as you remain a Disney Plus subscriber.

That last bit is crucial; you need a Disney Plus membership ($6.99 / £5.99 / AU$8.99 / CA$9.99 per month) to begin with. Once you've got that, you'll have to pay a one-off fee of $29.99 / £19.99 / AU$34.99 / CA$34.99 for the movie itself.  Subscribers can then watch Mulan whenever they want, and on any device that supports Disney Plus.

This may seem steep, but it's worth pointing out that you can't stream Mulan 2020 anywhere else. Think of it like a cinema launch: this is the only way to see the movie for the time being. In fact, it's not possible to watch Mulan on any other service or get it via DVD / Blu-ray. What's more, you won't be able to until it releases free for Disney Plus subscribers in a couple of months.

Oddly, you don't have all that long to take advantage of the deal. In early November (less than a month after Mulan's arrival on Premier Access this September 4) the film will no longer be available to purchase, even if you have a Disney Plus sign-up. As per Disney's Premier Access help page, "the [Mulan] Premier Access offer will be available until 2nd November 2020 at 23:59 PT". In other words, you'll have to grab the deal sooner than later if you want to watch Mulan. Otherwise you'll need to wait until it becomes available for all Disney Plus users at the end of this year.

Torn on whether you should get Premier Access? Its value will likely depend on how many in your household want to watch Mulan. If there are at least two of you, it'll cost a similar amount to seeing the film in theatres. If there are three or more, it could be considerably cheaper (even with the need to sign up for Disney Plus beforehand). Yes, you aren't getting the full cinema experience. But with everything going on right now, that's not strictly possible anyway.

Which is a shame - this version of Mulan offers a grander, more cinematic version than the 1998 animation. As an adaptation of the Ballad of Mulan from Chinese folklore, it follows the eldest daughter of an ailing warrior as she secretly takes his place to fight off invaders.

Ready? Let's get down to business: we've got everything you need to watch Mulan below.

Watch Mulan - US

Mulan Premier Access | $29.99 one-off payment

NOTE: A Disney Plus subscription ($6.99 per month) is required to use Mulan Premier Access.

Want to watch Mulan 2020? This is the only way to do it. If you have a Disney Plus subscription (a standard month is available for just $6.99), you can pay a $29.99 one-off fee to stream the new movie as often as you like. Once you're finished, you can always cancel Disney Plus - there's no contract. But remember, you'll lose access to Mulan unless you sign up again.

If you don't have Disney Plus yet and want maximum value for money, this offer gets you Disney Plus, Hulu, and ESPN+ for $12.99 per month. It's comfortably the best Disney Plus bundle.View Deal

Watch Mulan - Canada

Mulan Premier Access | $34.99 one-off payment

NOTE: A Disney Plus subscription ($9.99 per month) is required to use Mulan Premier Access.

Want to watch Mulan online? All you need to do is head over to Disney Plus, get a subscription, and then pay a one-off fee of $35 for Premier Access to the film. Although that's a couple of steps to consider, a Disney Plus membership is fortunately quite cheap - it's just $9.99 for a single month of the service. This gives you access to a wealth of movies, TV shows, and documentaries from some of the biggest pop-culture franchises. Star Wars, Marvel, and The Simpsons are all here, for instance.

If you don't want to keep your Disney Plus membership after you've streamed Mulan, you can always cancel it before the next month rolls over.View Deal

Watch Mulan - UK

Mulan Premier Access | £19.99 one-off payment

NOTE: A Disney Plus subscription (£5.99 per month) is required to use Mulan Premier Access.

If you want to watch Mulan 2020, you'll need a Disney Plus subscription first (£5.99 per month). Once you're signed up, you'll then have to pay a one-off fee of £19.99 to access the film itself. That may seem expensive at first glance, but you can re-watch the movie as many times as you like so long as you have a Disney Plus membership.

That's a welcome change from some other Disney Plus exclusives - we can't watch Onward online in Britain, for example, but we can stream Mulan in the UK this September along with the rest of the world.View Deal

Watch Mulan - Australia

Mulan Premier Access | $34.99 one-off payment

NOTE: A Disney Plus subscription ($8.99 per month) is required to use Mulan Premier Access.

Those looking to stream Mulan online in Australia can do so via Premier Access... if you have an active Disney Plus subscription, anyway ($8.99 per month). Are you a member? Once you've paid a one-off fee of $34.99, you can see watch Mulan 2020 as often as you like - so long as you're signed up to Disney Plus, that is.

Once you're done with the live-action remake, there are plenty of other things worth checking out on the service. It's home to everything from classic Disney films to Marvel blockbusters, not to mention a side-order of Star Wars.View Deal

Stream Mulan online everywhere else

Watch Mulan in your area
Got Disney Plus in your region? You should be able to stream Mulan; it's available anywhere Disney Plus is. Just remember, you'll need to have (or buy) an active Disney Plus membership before paying for the movie itself. Prices vary from place to place, so click the link above to see how much it costs in your area.

Unable to sign up because Disney Plus isn't available in your region? Don't worry - Disney Plus release dates for the rest of the globe are staggered, but the company has promised a rollout in most areas within the next year or so.

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