Disney+ Announces the European Launch Date for 2020

Lula Sharp
November 10, 2019

Disney+ will launch next week with hundreds of classic Disney movies, thousands of TV episodes and content that's exclusive to the platform, including The Mandalorian, a series set in the Star Wars universe.

Mr. Iger claimed in an interview that a recent test in the Netherlands had been "quite successful". We know the final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars is nearly ready and will hit the service in February, a Cassian Andor show is coming next year, and a Kenobi show is now in development.

Disney+ will be available as part of a bundle with ESPN+ and Hulu with adverts for $12.99 in the States - the same monthly fee as Netflix.

The service's film library was always hamstrung by Disney's ongoing deal with Sky Movies that meant the studio's biggest releases weren't available until months, sometimes years, after their theatrical release.

As Netflix Inc. prepares for a bruising battle against the Walt Disney Co. and Apple Inc. for streaming subscribers, it's playing a card that may deliver enough of an edge to fend them off in Asia: Japanese anime. Amazon also says that Disney+ content will be included in Fire TV's universal search, so you can tell Alexa to play specific shows, too.

Nathanson is not the only one expecting strong growth from Disney+.

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Several large investors have recently bought and sold shares of DIS. Centerpoint Advisors LLC increased its holdings in Walt Disney by 276.5% during the 2nd quarter.

At the same time, due to higher expenses, the unit expanded its operating loss from $340 million to $740 million.

But Disney's taking the long view as it attempts to mitigate the erosion of its traditional pay-TV and broadcast TV business. That utility can be pre-mounted on some smart TVs.

Reflective of the fragmentation and shifts occurring in the streaming era, FX is set to "become a key content driver for Hulu", Iger said.

As of yet no pricing has been confirmed for the United Kingdom or other countries launching in Spring of next year, though at the moment the US Disney+ pricing seriously undercuts the biggest streaming service Netflix, so we expect that the United Kingdom costs will reflect this as well. To begin with, Disney calls for to reacquire enough distribution rights in every territory to make Disney aggressive, and the agency's historic distribution take care of Sky is a fly within the ointment for Uk launch. Verizon, meanwhile, is offering a year of Disney+ to all new and existing 4G and 5G subs on unlimited wireless plans and to new Verizon Fios home broadband and 5G Home subs. He said Disney is getting paid "a certain amount" for those customers but declined to specify.

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