Disney Plus UK: Release date, price, movies, shows and how the new streaming service will affect Netflix

Amelia Heathman
How Disney Plus, the entertainment company's new streaming service, will look: Disney

Everyone who is anyone is launching a TV streaming service in 2019, whether it's Apple, whose Apple TV+ service arrived at the start of November, to the BBC and ITV, or Disney.

It’s no secret that Disney has been planning its own Netflix rival for a while as a way to cash in on the success that the platform, as well as Amazon Prime, has been enjoying for the past few years.

And, with all that original content the company has been creating since 1937, why not?

Back in April, Robert Iger, Disney’s chairman and CEO, said the new service, named Disney+ or Plus, marked a "bold step forward" and an "exciting new era" for the company.

“We are confident that the combination of our unrivalled storytelling, beloved brands, iconic franchises, and cutting-edge technology will make Disney+ a standout in the marketplace, and deliver significant value for consumers and shareholders alike," he said.

From launch day to prices, as well as what's going to be on the service, here's everything you need to know about Disney Plus.

What is Disney Plus?

Disney Plus is Disney’s answer to Netflix, a comprehensive streaming platform featuring all the shows and films the company has produced since the 1930s.

It will feature previous shows and films, as well as new content exclusive only to Disney Plus.

The service will have five hubs focusing on the major franchises owned by Disney, such as Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic.

Disney Plus will work the same way as other streaming services so you will be able to access it via an app on Smart TVs and mobile devices, as well as via browsers.

You’ll be able to download content too to watch offline.

What is the Disney Plus release date in the UK?

Disney Plus is set to launch in every major region within the next two years. The US will be the first to get access to the service, with the launch date set for November 12. The service will also launch in Canada. the Netherlands on the same date, with New Zealand and Australia receiving access to Disney Plus a week later.

We also finally know when Disney Plus will be coming to the UK as the studio has confirmed it will arrive on March 31, 2020.

You can sign up at DisneyPlus.com so you're ready in 2020 for when the service drops in the UK.

How much will the new streaming service cost?

In the US, Disney Plus is set to cost $6.99 per month, or $69.99 per year. It’s likely it will cost around the same in the UK, so £6.99 per month or £69.99 per year. If you sign up for a three-year subscription, Disney is knocking down the price to around $4 a month, but you also have to be registered as a D23 Official Disney Fan Club.

This puts Disney Plus just below Netflix’s pricing, which starts at £7.99 per month.

What movies and shows will be on Disney Plus?

There’s going to be over 7,500 episodes and 500 films in the first year that Disney Plus is online, with more films and TV shows added overtime.

The Simpsons is going to make its streaming debut on Disney Plus which will certainly please fans of the popular cartoon.

There’s also going to be a few “Disney Originals”, if we can call them that now. New shows and movies will be created based on series in the Disney canon, with a particular focus on Marvel and Star Wars. A new Star Wars show, named The Mandalorian, about a lone gunfighter on a journey through the galaxy, has fans of the film series eagerly awaiting the arrival of Disney Plus.

Tom Hiddleston's Loki could be getting an original TV series on Disney Plus (Walt Disney Studios/Marvel)

Two shows that are in the works include an original series focusing on Marvel’s Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston. There’s also set to be a prequel series to Star Wars’ Rogue One, about the character Cassian Andor, played by Diego Luna.

At the August Disney Plus Showcase in California, the company also revealed details about new shows including High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, with performances from the new cast - no Troy Bolton insight, unfortunately.

What will happen to Disney movies on Netflix?

By the end of 2019, there’s likely to be hardly any Disney-created content left on Netflix. The entertainment company already cancelled its Marvel Originals shows and declined to add any of its 2019 releases to Netflix, choosing to save them all for Disney Plus.

If you were upset about the end of The Punisher, starring Jon Bernthal, and Jessica Jones, with Krysten Ritter, the executive of Disney Plus, Kevin Mayer, said these shows could be revived on the new service, but that won’t be until at least 2020 thanks to the contract terms around the shows.

Will Disney Plus be a threat to Netflix? Netflix seems pretty confident it won’t, given its major dominance around the world.

Yet, with the addition of an Apple streaming service in the mix, people may start to feel a strong case of streaming fatigue.

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