Disney+ is finally coming to the UK as the entertainment giant moves forward its timeline for a launch and confirms it will now go live on March 24.
The platform will be home to original content, films and other series from studios including Disney, Pixar and Marvel as well as the Star Wars universe.
Eagerly anticipated shows featured on Disney+ include The Mandalorian, Lady and the Tramp and High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.
Since launching in the US last year it has been an enormous hit, with more than ten million people subscribing on the first day.
It is seen as a major player in an increasingly crowded streaming market that already features Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Apple TV+.
Disney has confirmed that the new service will cost £5.99 for a monthly subscription, or £59.99 to sign up for a year.
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Among the programmes available at launch will be The Mandalorian, the critically acclaimed series set in the world of Star Wars. The Mandalorian spawned one of the viral sensations of 2019, with Baby Yoda (pictured) dominating social media
The service includes a catalogue of 500 movies and 7,500 TV shows – a mix of Marvel and Star Wars movies and shows, classic animated films and new series. It will launch on March 24 for a monthly subscription of £5.99
On the same date, the service will also go live in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria and Switzerland.
Among the programmes available at launch will be The Mandalorian, the critically acclaimed series set in the world of Star Wars.
The Mandalorian spawned one of the viral sensations of 2019, with Baby Yoda dominating social media.
Disney+ will go live to customers in the UK and parts of Europe on March 24. It will cost £5.99 a month for a subscription or a yearly fee of £59.99
WHAT ARE THE VIDEO STREAMING OPTIONS AVAILABLE TO UK CUSTOMERS?
Price: From £5.99 a month
- The Crown
- Stranger Things
Price: £7.99 per month OR £79 per year
- Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan
- The Man in the high Castle
Price: £4.99 a month
- The Morning Show
Price: £5.99 a month OR £59.99 a year
- The Mandalorian
- The Simpsons
Price: From £8.99 a month
- Game of Thrones
Price: £4.99 a month
- Keeping up with the Kardashians
- Made in Chelsea
Price: £5.99 a month
- Fawlty Towers
- Midsomer Murders
The platform will be the exclusive streaming location for films released by the Walt Disney Studios from 2020, the company said.
When it was launched in the US in November, the service gained more than 10 million subscribers on its first day, although some customers were offered a year of the service free of charge with some phone and home-internet plans.
Disney did not break down where the subscriptions came from or if they were free or paid monthly or yearly.
Netflix has gathered around 158 million subscribers since launching its streaming platform in 2007.
Disney+ has not yet revealed if its UK catalogue of content will be as extensive as the US version and says the details of its content will be announced closer to launch.
WHAT TO WATCH ON DISNEY+
Disney+ subscribers will have access to a library of content from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic – and will also be able to stream new original programming that is exclusive to the service.
Here is a look at what to watch:
The Star Wars spin-off has been the biggest hit so far for the streaming service.
The story of a lone helmeted gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy, played by Pedro Pascal, features the internet phenomenon Baby Yoda.
The pint-sized green, big-eared creature has become a viral hit since the series aired in the US.
High School Musical: The Musical: The Series
After the success of the three High School Musical films, the show returns to East High, this time as a mockumentary series about a group of teenagers staging High School Musical: The Musical as their school play.
It stars Olivia Rodrigo as Nini Salazar-Roberts, who is cast as Gabriella Montez in the school show, while Joshua Bassett plays Ricky Bowen, who is cast as Troy Bolton.
Lady And The Tramp
Following in the footsteps of The Lion King and The Jungle Book, this re-telling of the 1955 animated classic uses photo-realistic animation.
The romantic story about a sheltered cocker spaniel and a downtown mutt features the voices of Tessa Thompson as Lady and Justin Theroux as Tramp.
The World According To Jeff Goldblum The Hollywood star pulls back the curtain on seemingly familiar objects, including ice cream, tattoos and jewellery.
He also investigates the science and ideas behind cosmetics, swimming pools, trainers and denim.
Disney+’s Lady And The Tramp trailer shows the pooches sharing a plate of spaghetti (pictured)
Forky Asks A Question
The break-out character from Toy Story 4, voiced by Tony Hale, returns for his own series.
It will see him ask important questions about how the world works, such as what is love? What is time?
And even – what is cheese?
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