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BBC Launches Britbox, Accidentally Reveals Disney+ Will Launch In March 2020

BBC Launches Britbox, Accidentally Reveals Disney+ Will Launch In March 2020

It looks like Disney's new streaming service, Disney+, could be launching as early as March 2020, judging from a BBC report this morning.

At 6.09am today, BBC Breakfast ran a news item on BritBox, the new joint streaming service from the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 - which launches today costing £5.99 a month.

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While discussing its launch, it also mentioned its competitors - including Netflix and the forthcoming Disney+, which the report said would land in the UK 'next March'.

Presenter Charlie Stayt said: "A new streaming service is launching today. Backed by the BBC and ITV, BritBox will feature comedy, drama and documentaries, as well as new programmes.

"Broadcasters have joined forces against Netflix, Apple's streaming service launched last week, and Disney, which will launch theirs in the UK next March."

The launch date of Disney+ has not yet been confirmed officially by Disney yet, although the March 2020 date was previously cited when a Disney spokesperson told German website Digitalfernsehen.de the streaming platform would roll out to other countries in Western Europe by March 2020.

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One eagle-eyed viewer noticed the supposedly accidental reveal this morning, and tweeted: "Slightly painful watching @BBCBreakfast this morning when a presenter ran down the recent and upcoming streaming service launches in the UK."

They then listed 'Apple TV (happened)', 'Brit Box (BBC and ITV) (now happening)' and 'Disney+ (March 2020)', before adding: "This is not going to end well."

After launching as a trial exclusively in the Netherlands on 12 September, Disney+ will soon launch in the United States and Canada on 12 November, and just after in Australia and New Zealand on 19 November.

Disney+ will cost $6.99 per month (£5.60), but there's no word on if prices will match up when for UK customers next year.

With more than 7,500 episodes and 500 films - and many more to be added - you can work your way through entire franchises like Toy Story, The Little Mermaid, and Pirate of the Caribbean to Star Wars, Disney classics such as Alice In Wonderland, Beauty and the Beast, The Jungle Book, Cinderella and even all 30 seasons of The Simpsons.

BritBox will cost £5.99 a month after a 30-day free trial, with Extras, Love Island, Gavin & Stacey, Top Gear and Broadchurch all among the series available.

It seems to have handed much of its own launch PR to Disney however.

LADbible has reached out to Disney for comment.

Featured Image Credit: Disney+

Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, Disney+

Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]

 

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