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Disney+ to launch in UK in March 2020

The Mandalorian

Story by Jack Foley

DISNEY+, the eagerly anticipated streaming service from, well, Disney, has finally announced its UK launch date: March 31, 2020.

The service will be available from November 12, 2019, in the USA, Canada and the Netherlands and will feature a mix of star-studded original content, including spin-off shows for Toy Story and Monsters Inc., as well as highly anticipated Star Wars series The Mandalorian.

The delay for UK subscribers was put down to the fact that Disney still has deals in place with partners such as Sky, which has a dedicated Disney film and TV channel, among other things.

This had to expire before it could provide UK subscribers with all of the choices they wanted. However, not all shows and movies that become available in the US will be immediately available in the UK.

However, as previously outlined, Disney+ is a paid-for streaming platform along the same lines as Netflix or Amazon Prime. However, its also a family-friendly service, meaning there will be no R-rated or 18 certificate movies or TV shows.

The channel will offer content from Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, 20th Century Fox and National Geographic – although it’s also promising quality over quantity and won’t have as vast a library as rival streamer Netflix.

Early predictions state that the service will cost an estimated £6 per month.

The streaming service will be supported by phones, tablets, computers, connected TVs and streaming media boxes and, like Netflix and Amazon Prime, you will be able to download an app and pay for a subscription to get going.

Included among the content highlights are…

- Disney classics like 101 Dalmations and Bambi.
- Over 5,000 episodes of Disney Channel TV shows.
- New shows with characters from Toy Story and Monsters Inc..
- Every episode of The Simpsons and Malcolm in the Middle.
- Pixar’s entire catalogue, including Cars and A Bug’s Life.
- Every Marvel film released so far including Iron Man and Captain Marvel.
- Marvel TV shows featuring Loki, The Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye and The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.
- The first and second Star Wars trilogies
- Several live-action Star Wars series, including The Mandalorian and a prequel set before Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, featuring the Diego Luna character.
- A new High School Musical series.
- Live-action remakes of Disney movies like Lady and the Tramp.
- A new documentary series: The World According to Jeff Goldblum.

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