Magazine article Screen International

Disney+ to Launch on March 31 2020 in UK, Western Europe

Magazine article Screen International

Disney+ to Launch on March 31 2020 in UK, Western Europe

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Streaming service offerings forecast to rise to 620 films, 10,000 TV episodes over five years.

The Disney+ streaming service will launch on March 31 2020 in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and other territories in Western Europe, the company has revealed.

Set to launch on November 12 in the US, Canada and the Netherlands, and on November 19 in Australia and New Zealand, the service will offer 500 films and 7,500 episodes of library TV when it arrives in Western Europe.

Original movies, specials and series to be offered at launch will include Star Wars spin-off The Mandalorian. Over five years Iger said the streaming service offerings will rise to 620 films and 10,000 TV episodes.

The additional international launches were announced by Walt Disney Company chairman and CEO Bob Iger during the company’s end of year and fourth quarter earnings call on Thursday (7).

Though the company has declined comment, Disney has reportedly had talks with Canal Plus Group about the latter becoming the exclusive third party carrier of Disney+ in France. It is understood, however, any such distribution deals, in France or other international markets, would be in addition to the service being made available directly to consumers.

On the Disney earnings call, Iger said the company was “very pleased” with the results from a pre-launch trial of Disney+ in the Netherlands. …

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