The Walt Disney Company’s new streaming service Disney+ will launch in the biggest Western European countries on March 24, a week earlier than originally planned, with much of the rest of western Europe to follow in the summer.
Disney on Tuesday updated its roll-out plans for the direct-to-consumer service, saying that Disney+ will now bow in the U.K. and Ireland, France, Spain, Italy and across German-speaking Europe on March 24 instead of March 31. Further Western European territories, including Belgium, the Nordics and Portugal, will follow this summer.
Disney+ is currently only available in Europe in the Netherlands, a territory Disney used as a beta testing ground before starting Disney+ in the U.S. late last year.
The company didn’t provide a reason for why it moved the launch date up to March 24.
Disney+’s European service will launch with its original Star Wars universe series The Mandalorian and High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, as well as original titles including Encore! and Diary of A Future President.
The Western European service will cost subscribers £5.99 ($7.99) or €6.99 ($7.75) per month or £59.99 ($79.99) and €69.99 ($77.50) for a yearly subscription.
Disney+ signed up more than 10 million subscribers in the U.S. within a week of its Nov. 12 launch. The service is projecting between 60 million and 90 million global streaming subscribers by 2024.
Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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