Disney+ now has a release date in the UK and other European countries

Disney+ finally has a release date in the United Kingdom and some other European nations. The platform will be available to watch in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain from March 31, 2020.
Disney+ is about to be the latest player in the streaming game. Screenshot: Disney+

What can we expect?

The subscription video-on-demand service (VOD) made the announcement on its Twitter page yesterday. The post included a trailer that shows some of the content that its European market can expect to see.

Animated Disney classics such as Aladdin were shown in the trailer. Along with this, Disney hinted that computer-animated favorites, such as Toy Story, Frozen, and The Incredibles will also be viewable. Furthermore, live-action movies, such as those from the Marvel franchise look to be part of the package.

There is also a range of original programming available on the streaming service. One of the planned shows is the seventh season of the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Finally, Deadline previously reported that Disney announced that Home Alone, Night at the Museum, Diary of a Wimpy Kid will be ‘reimagined’ for the service.

Disney holds content from some of the most famous franchises in the world. Photo: Marc Levin via Flickr

A series of releases

The platform will first release in the United States and Canada on November 12. Australia and New Zealand will soon follow on November 19. Latin America is also planned for 2020, while the Asia-Pacific and Eastern European markets will expect to use the service from 2021.

One European country has already had the pleasure of viewing content on Disney+. The service launched a pilot version in the Netherlands in September 2019 and a final version will launch on November 12.

Viewers in the US will be expected to pay $6.99 a month to use the VOD. Additionally, it will cost €6.99 in the Netherlands. Therefore, it’s likely that it will be the same cost for all countries operating with the Euro. Going by how many other tech companies price their products in the UK, along with the current exchange rate, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see it cost £6.99 in the country.

Disney+ is one of many companies hoping to rival Netflix as 2020 approaches. Photo: Pixabay

Yet another VOD

Disney+ is one of the many streaming services trying to take a slice from Netflix’s pie. BritBox was also launched in the UK yesterday, following its success across the Atlantic. However, there is also an increase in companies releasing VOD products that are tailored to their own content. ESPN and WWE are two other companies that have successfully launched their own versions.

The initial bonus of Netflix was that consumers could watch an abundance of content with only one single subscription a month. Now, with so many companies holding onto content and releasing separate video-on-demand packages, the audience is torn between what they can spend their hard-earned money on.

What do you think about the upcoming release of Disney+? Let us know your thoughts on the service in the comment section.

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