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Streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime have been a real game changer over the last few years. According to finder, in 2019 over 46% of homes in the UK now have access to one of Amazon, Netflix or Now TV streaming services and more than 13 million homes in the UK have at least one streaming subscription. This is up 8.4% from the previous quarter (Q4 2018).
However if you still can't get enough TV, the good news is that Disney are just about to launch their very own subscription service meaning you can have 24/7 access to all your favourite Disney classics, both old and new.
The Disney+ service has already been a huge success in the US. Around a month ago, it was revealed that the new streaming service, Disney+, grew to 26.5 million subscribers during the quarter.
An annual subscription giving you unlimited access to Disney Plus will cost just £59.99 or you can pay monthly, but that will cost £5.99 a month - or £71.88 over a year. If you want to save a few quid you can sign up before 24 March and save yourself a tenner and get an annual subscription for only £49.99, which is the equivalent to £4.17 per month. You can claim the deal here before 23rd March.
Disney Plus launched in Canada, USA and the Netherlands in November 2019 and movie fans in the UK have been eagerly waiting to get access. The official launch date for the new streaming service in the UK, Germany, Spain, Ireland, Italy, France, Austria, and Switzerland is 24th March 2020.
As with Netflix, Now TV and Amazon Prime, the Disney+ service will be available to watch on a wide range of devices. You will be able to stream the latest shows and movies on iPhone and Android phones, tablets, computers, games consoles, connected TVs and streaming media boxes.
An important aspect of the Disney+ service is that it will allow users unlimited downloads on up to ten different devices and allow up to seven different user profiles within each account.
Disney have also considered children's safety when designing the service. Parents will be able to monitor their children's activity with Kids Profiles that have a simple child-friendly interface which restricts access to age-appropriate content.
There is some good news for Sky customers looking to subscribe to the new streaming service. It was recently announced that Sky have done multi-year deal with Disney to bring the Disney Plus app to Sky Q later this month. The integration is expected to work in the same way that the existing Netflix app integrates into the Sky Q system. At the moment it is unclear if other TV providers like BT and Virgin Media will agree similar deals or if this is an exclusive between Disney and Sky.
Jeremy Darroch, Sky CEO said in a statement."We've built a strong partnership with Disney over three decades and we're pleased that our customers in the UK and Ireland can continue to enjoy their world-class content - all in one place on Sky Q,"
There is something for everyone on offer from family favourite films to brand new TV shows. To be exact, we're talking 7,500 television episodes and 500 films from the Disney catalogue, including all 30 seasons of The Simpsons. Things don't stop there either, if you're looking for some proper nostalgia, Disney announced last year that customers will be able to watch every single Pixar short as part of the package. To me this would be worth the subscription fee alone. But as well as classics, the Micky Mouse brand also confirmed a Falcon and the Winter Soldier series will be produced, along with WandaVision, which will focus on Scarlet Witch and Vision's story arc.
There's a strange sounding What If? series being planned by the Marvel guys, which looks into alternate realities of the movies we all know and love. One of those is 'what if Peggy Carter was turned into a superhero instead of Chris Evans' Steve Rogers in Captain America...?'.
If that wasn't enough, Disney also confirmed there will be live-action projects about Loki and Hawkeye, as well as a whole series about a Star Wars bounty hunter called The Mandalorian.
Recently, CEO of Disney, Bob Iger, revealed it will include 'the entire Disney motion picture library'.
Speaking at a shareholders' meeting, he said the entire catalogue would be available 'at some point fairly soon after launch,' adding that 'the movies that you speak of that traditionally have been kept in a 'vault' and brought out basically every few years will be on the service,' according to Digital Trends.
Currently, each of the 34 animated films that currently reside in the vault are released to the public every seven years. Once all the copies are gone, the film then gets popped back in said imaginary vault.
This system keeps demand high, but is also undoubtedly frustrating for Disney fans. As such, the promise of access to 'the entire motion picture library' is bound to lure in Donald Duck disciples in their masses.
So, if you're a Disney fan, you're going to have plenty to watch in 2020!
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