Disney+ to Launch in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and the UK on March 31, 2020

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Disney+ is coming to Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom on March 31, about four months after it launches in the U.S. on November 12.


Disney CEO Bob Iger announced the launch date for the European markets yesterday during an earnings call, the same day it was revealed that the streaming service would be available on Amazon Fire TV streaming devices.

Disney+ will also be on LG and Samsung smart TVs, Roku's streaming devices, Apple TV, iOS, Android, Xbox One, and PS4 at launch.

Disney+ is already available in the Netherlands, where it launched as a free pilot trial back in September. Iger said on Thursday that Disney+ is coming to more countries and additional launch dates will be announced soon.

Just announced: #DisneyPlus will be available in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Spain (and more to be announced soon) starting on March 31st. Please note: Titles may vary by territory. pic.twitter.com/lE6nzBeaXy - Disney+ (@disneyplus) November 7, 2019

Iger didn't mention how much European customers would have to pay to access its 500 feature films and over 7,500 shows, including the entire Pixar library and a raft of original content.

The service will cost $6.99 per month in the U.S. and will cost 6.99 euros per month in the Netherlands from November 12.

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Murkrage

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All these different streaming services now. suddenly cable seems cheaper and simpler.
My internet only connection costs me 20 euros less than that same connection with TV included. 20 euros goes a long way to paying for all the streaming services out there (we're on year-plans which helps). Not to mention: no commercials, I get to choose what I watch, viewer profiles and sharing the subscription with my family.

But yeah, turning the tv on and begrudgingly watching w/e is on is definitely simpler :)
 
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LiE_

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All these different streaming services now. suddenly cable seems cheaper and simpler.
Not really. Prime is a no brainer if you make use of the free next/same day delivery, the streaming is a nice bonus. Netflix is a given. That then leaves a few services which you can pick up if the content interests you, nothing stopping you from subbing for a few months to watch what you want and then cancelling. I'd say Apple TV+, Disney+, Now TV, Britbox etc fall into these niche categories.
 

danny842003

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And of course, just as is with NetFlix, it will probably have 50% less content than the US version. Black pirate flags shall rise again!
Theres no real reason why this should be the case as they own the rights to their own product. Unless they need to wait for deals to expire with other broadcasters.
 

zombierunner

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Not really. Prime is a no brainer if you make use of the free next/same day delivery, the streaming is a nice bonus. Netflix is a given. That then leaves a few services which you can pick up if the content interests you, nothing stopping you from subbing for a few months to watch what you want and then cancelling. I'd say Apple TV+, Disney+, Now TV, Britbox etc fall into these niche categories.
I barely watch regular sky tv. I am going to cancel that when my contract nears its end. Netflix, Prime Video, Disney+ and Youtube is all I need.
 
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Khedron

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"Content may vary by territory"

WHY DISNEY?! YOU OWN THE F*****G RIGHTS OF EVERYTHING!

See, this is why people continue to download movies and shows illegally, because the legal alternatives are just half baked.

I would like to apologize for my outburst.
Perhaps they just mean Disney's cartoons with Hitler and Nazi symbols in them won't be available in Germany?
 

danny842003

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"Content may vary by territory"

WHY DISNEY?! YOU OWN THE F*****G RIGHTS OF EVERYTHING!

See, this is why people continue to download movies and shows illegally, because the legal alternatives are just half baked.

I would like to apologize for my outburst.
they may not own the rights to certain things. Potentially they could have sold rights to other companies and need those deals to expire.
 

MrZippyUK

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What is difference between this and Disney Life they launched a while back in the U.K. and is on the Apple TV too?
 

Brian Y

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Genuine question - why would this service be restricted by location?

Normally, this is because of negotiations with rights holders (i.e. pay XX to show in YY) - but if Disney own the rights to the content, and it's their first party service, why the restrictions?
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Yea Sky for me became irrelevant many years ago, I've had no TV License now for over 5 years. When Game of Thrones aired all I did was sub to Now TV for a couple months and watch on demand.
I have sky for 2 reasons - sky sports, and because the sky movie catalogue is better than any subscription service out there.
 
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urtules

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Some companies seem to think that those (UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain) are the only countries in Europe. They always get things first. Shame.
Not all countries are equal. There's probably good reasons this is happening in a way it is. Also EU has freedom of movement, you are in control improving your living standards by moving to a better country. Hell, you even can move to UK without a visa now. Taking control of your life or complaining, your choice.

Update: "progressive country" replaced with "better country". And by better I mean the countries which have access to the best new tech services first.
 
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DinkThifferent

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they may not own the rights to certain things. Potentially they could have sold rights to other companies and need those deals to expire.
They probably have a BS reason. Same with our local Netflix variant called 'Videoland', which is owned by RTL Netherlands. One of my favorite 90's dutch crime series ran for 9 seasons, was produced by, and broadcasted on RTL and yet three seasons are missing from their own streaming service. Nobody knows why.