Disney Plus Set for Earlier Launch in U.K. & Western Europe

Brenda Watkins
January 21, 2020

The Irish launch date for new streaming service Disney+ has officially been announced.

When it was launched in the USA 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.

Subscription fees will be marginally more expensive than a USA subscription at the current exchange rate, coming to £5.99 monthly or £59.99 annually in the UK.

Those living in the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria and Switzerland will get access to the service from this new earlier date, meaning you'll be able to sign-up and stream all that Disney content that you've been missing out on. That base monthly subscription price matches that offered by Netflix, but unlike Netflix which hides features like Ultra HD streaming behind a higher pay wall, that £5.99 Disney+ figure unlocks everything the service has to offer.

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The service launched with almost 500 movies and 7,500 episodes of TV shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic and other iconic brands.

Among the programmes available at launch will be The Mandalorian, the critically acclaimed series set in the world of Star Wars.

Pricing for Disney+ in Ireland has also been confirmed. In November, Disney CEO Bob Iger said the launch date for European markets would be March 31.

Disney said "Subscribers will be able to enjoy the Disney+ experience on almost all major mobile and connected TV devices at launch, including gaming consoles, streaming media players, and smart TVs".

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