#DisneyPlus lowering bandwidth utilization; launches in select European markets, more by summer

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Although the timing is great for people around the globe that are under stay-at-home or quarantine orders, Disney+ is  moving forward as scheduled with global launch in several countries including the UK, Ireland, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria and Switzerland. Disney+ will launch in France on April 7.

Coronavirus Response

In light of concerns regarding the current ability of certain broadband infrastructure to handle the anticipated consumer demand for Disney+, the service will now feature a lower overall bandwidth utilization by at least 25 percent.


Pricing for Disney+ has been confirmed at £5.99/€6.99 per month, or £59.99/€69.99 for an annual subscription. Following its initial European launch markets, additional Western Europe markets, including Belgium, the Nordics and Portugal, will follow in summer 2020.

Strategic Agreements

Through a comprehensive distribution plan and several strategic agreements, Disney+ is also available across multiple premier distributors in Europe with regional deals including:

  • Deutsche Telekom in Germany
  • O2 in the UK
  • Telefonica in Spain
  • TIM in Italy
  • Canal+ in France, beginning April 7

These providers will have the ability to include Disney+ in wholesale and retail packages for their subscribers. Specifics of those offers vary per company.

Disney also has a retail distribution deal with Sky, making Disney+ available in the UK and Ireland on Sky Q, to be followed by NOW TV in the coming months.

About Disney+

The Walt Disney Company’s streaming service—which launched in the U.S., Canada and the Netherlands on November 12, 2019; and in Australia, New Zealand and Puerto Rico on November 19, 2019—is the exclusive home for some of the world’s most beloved stories.

Disney+ gives subscribers direct access to more than 500 films, 26 original movies and series, and thousands of television episodes from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic and more. Disney+ is also the new streaming home of the iconic animated series The Simpsons, with more than 600 episodes available together on-demand for the first time. As the service debuts in these new markets, seasons 1 to 30 are available now, with season 31 coming to the service later in the year.

See it for Yourself

Disney+ streaming service is available now. A regular subscription is available for just $6.99 per month.  Visit DisneyPlus.com to subscribe and/or learn more about the service.

MORE INFO: Everything we know about Disney+ streaming service

Author: Joey Inigo

I have been a part of MouseInfo.com since 2003. I enjoy visiting the Happiest Place on Earth and am happy to talk about Disney Parks all day long.

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