Today Disney+ made its highly anticipated arrival in parts of Europe. The streaming service is now Live in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria, and Switzerland. Now, audiences in Europe can stream over 500 films, 26 exclusive original movies and series and thousands of television episodes from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic and more.
However, like many other streaming services, Disney+ has made the decision to launch with lower streaming quality. Disney announced that “in light of concerns regarding the current ability of certain broadband infrastructure to handle the anticipated consumer demand,” the streaming service will be operating at a lower bandwidth utilization of “at least 25%.”
Disney+ was also scheduled to launch in France today but agreed to postpone the launch until Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at the request of the French government. Disney+ is scheduled to hit more Western European countries later this summer, including Belgium, the Nordics, and Portugal. Check out our full list of content available on Disney+ UK here.
Consumers can subscribe up for Disney+ directly or via in-app purchase from the following platforms and devices:
- Amazon (Fire TV devices, Fire TV Edition smart TVs, and Fire Tablets)
- Apple (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple TV, and fully integrated with the Apple TV app in the UK and Germany; customers can subscribe to Disney+ via in-app purchase)
- Google (Android phones, Android TV devices, Google Chromecast and Chromecast built-in devices)
- LG Smart TVs with webOS
- Microsoft (Xbox One)
- Roku (Roku® streaming players and Roku TV™ models) in the UK and Ireland from today, and France from 7th April
- Samsung Smart TVs
- Sony / Sony Interactive Entertainment (Android-based Sony TVs and PlayStation®4)
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 (from April 7th)
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.
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