Disney+ Is Coming To The UK In March 2020, BBC Announces
We've been wringing our hands with jealousy at the idea of the rest of world has been enjoying Disney+ before us, but at least we might finally have a launch date.
Yes, according to the BBC, Disney's debut streaming service is landing in the UK in March 2020 - and we could not be happier.
During a BBC Breakfast segment on BBC and ITV's new streaming platform, BritBox, broadcaster Charlie Stayt let slip that rival service Disney+ would be launching in the UK next March.
The date was also cited when a Disney spokesperson told German website Digitalfernsehen.de the streaming platform would roll out to other countries in Western Europe by March 2020.
Disney couldn't confirm the news - but that's enough for us to get excited about.
The shiny new service, pegged as a rival to the likes of Netflix, Hayu and SkyGo, launched as a trial exclusively in the Netherlands on 12th September 2019.
Disney+ will soon launch in the United States and Canada on 12th November, and just after in Australia and New Zealand on 19th November.
It's set to become the number one source for all things Disney, evidenced in the film-making giant's entire removal of its content from other streaming giants in the run-up.
Made up of over 7,500 episodes and 500 films (with more to be added), the mammoth list includes entire franchises (from Toy Story, The Little Mermaid, and Pirate of the Caribbean to Star Wars), and Disney classics (Alice In Wonderland, Beauty and the Beast, The Jungle Book, Cinderella) alongside their modern day Pixar and live-action remakes.
Titles featured stem all the way back to Disney's origins, including Pinocchio (1940), Fantasia (1940), Bambi (1942) and its first animated feature film Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (1937), while brand new productions, including the Lady and the Tramp live-action remake which forwent a cinema release to launch exclusively on the service, are also included.
What's more, every episode of The Simpsons is available on the service.
Disney+ will cost $6.99 per month (£5.60), but there's no word on if prices will match up when for UK customers next year.
Robert Iger, Disney's chairman and CEO, said: "Disney+ marks a bold step forward in an exciting new era for our company-one in which consumers will have a direct connection to the incredible array of creative content that is The Walt Disney Company's hallmark.
"We are confident that the combination of our unrivalled storytelling, beloved brands, iconic franchises, and cutting-edge technology will make Disney+ a standout in the marketplace, and deliver significant value for consumers and shareholders alike."
So there you have it: March 2020.
Mark the date in your diaries, Disney lovers.
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