Disney+’s UK launch date has been brought forward to 24th March 2020.
TV fans in Germany, France, Italy and Spain can enjoy the service on the same date. However, Disney+ is currently available for existing Dutch subscribers in the UK, according to Digital TV Europe.
The streaming service has been available in the USA, Canada and The Netherlands since Tuesday 12th November 2019.
The platform rolled out in Australia and New Zealand a week later, on Tuesday 19th November.
How much will Disney+ cost?
In January 2020, Disney confirmed the price for a Disney+ subscription would be £5.99 per month or £59.99 a year in the UK. There will be a 7-day free trial period for everyone signing up from launch.
Disney is also offering a pre-sale deal from Monday 24th February. Instead of the £59.99 yearly cost, you can get Disney+ for £49.99 a year, which is equivalent to £4.17 a month. This limited-time offer ends on Monday 23rd March.
Disney+ costs $6.99 per month and $69.99 per year for users in the USA.
What is Disney+?
It’s a major new streaming service owned by The Walt Disney Company which will feature a host of new and past TV series and films from Disney and its many subsidiaries.
That means you can not only expect to find Disney projects like Lady and the Tramp, but also shows and films from:
Disney+ UK launched on Twitter in February 2020, answering many prospective users’ burning questions.
Users will be able to create up to seven profiles with one subscription. You’ll be able to stream four different stories on four screens at once so everyone’s happy. Subscribers will also be able to download any of the content available on the service.
As per streaming services like Netflix, there will be no adverts on Disney+.
How can I watch Disney+?
The Disney+ app will be available via the following platforms:
A new Toy Story series centred on new character Forky, called Forky Asks a Question. Viewers can also expect Lamp Life, an animated short exploring where Bo Peep was during the events of Toy Story 3.
An oddly-titled High School Musical show called High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. The scripted show is set in the school in which High School Musical was filmed, and sees students putting together their own stage version of the film. Not confusing at all.
Festive comedy Noelle, which stars Anna Kendrick as Father Christmas’ daughter, Noelle Kringle.
A National Geographic show led by Jeff Goldblum called – amazingly – The World According to Jeff Goldblum.
Encore!. Led by Frozen star Kristen Bell, this reality series reunites former castmates of a NYU theatre school musical production for a new performance of the same play.
A Lizzie McGuire sequel series, starring Hilary Duff.
Diary of a Female President, a series following a 12-year-old Cuban-American girl’s plans to become US president.
Documentary One Day at Disney, each mini-episode delving into the role of one Disney employee.
Remakes of Home Alone, Night at the Museum, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and Cheaper by the Dozen.
This list will be updated as more shows and films are revealed…
Which other TV shows and films will be in the Disney+ library?
From day one Malcolm in the Middle, Mary Poppins, Alice in Wonderland and many more films and TV series from across the Disney, Lucasfilms, Pixar and 20th Century Fox – acquired by the Mickey Mouse corp in March 2019 – libraries.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Disney now owns the rights to the likes of Avatar (and its upcoming sequels), Titanic, the Planet of the Apes reboot series and TV series like Homeland, Modern Family, Family Guy, Buffy The Vampire Slayer and 24. This means they could all come into play on the streaming service in the future.
There’s certainly a lot going for Disney+, with its subscription price (£5.99) cheaper than Netflix’s standard package (£8.99). And while Netflix’s standard package only allows for viewing on two devices at once, Disney+ allows for seven screens to simultaneously view titles from one account.
However, although the price is certainly appealing, you have to consider what type of content you’re looking for. While Disney+ promises many child and teen titles, the service arguably lacks programmes aimed at adults, with Star Wars series The Mandalorian the only real show generating interest. But this could change by 2021, with the service set to release a string of Marvel and Star Wars titles in coming months.
What is the difference between DisneyLife and Disney+?
Disney already has an active subscription service in the UK, called DisneyLife. A £4.99 subscription grants access to a catalogue of 450+ Disney movies (including all the original versions of The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, The Jungle Book and so on). Disney+ confirmed during a Twitter Q&A that DisneyLife will become Disney+, with more details to follow.
Why has Disney entered the streaming game at this point in time?
Disney CEO Bob Iger told Barron’s that the company had to act when they saw the tides turning in the entertainment industry, with relation to online streaming. “It became very clear that what we were observing was real, sustainable,” he said. “Sweeping, permanent, profound transformation.”
“What I posed to my senior team and ultimately to the board was, ‘We can’t sit back and let this happen.’ I can imagine other companies in other industries in similar positions in the past 50 years,” He said. “Eastman Kodak (KODAK) watching the advent of digital photography probably comes to mind the most.”
How will this affect Disney’s film release strategy?
The major Disney film releases will still hit theatres as the first port of call. “Our studio makes between eight and 10 movies a year, and they’re big budget, hopefully big box-office films, that really belong, we believe, on the big screen,” Iger says.
He adds that any films produced for the streaming service will be low-mid-level budget. “Almost every movie the studio makes is a $100 million-plus movie, and we’re not looking to make movies at that level for the service,” he said.
But, the likes of Avengers: Endgame and Star Wars: Episode IX will end up on there.
What does this mean for Netflix’s Marvel shows?
The launch of the service will coincide with the expiration of a deal between Marvel and Netflix.
We’ve seen a culling of Netflix’s Marvel TV series in recent months, which may be related to Disney’s own streaming agenda. Iron Fist, Daredevil and Luke Cage have all been cancelled, as well as Jessica Jones and The Punisher.