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