Disney+ has four month UK launch window as more content is confirmed


Avengers: Endgame, The Simpsons, Star Wars, The Muppets: they will all be on the new Disney+ streaming service. But it will take until March 2020 to roll-out in all of Western Europe.

Hot on the heels of the announcement that Disney+ would begin its global rollout in November, with the service making its European debut in The Netherlands, a Disney spokesperson told German media site Digitalfernsehen.de that Disney+ would roll-out to all other parts of western Europe by March 2020, which gives the service a four month launch window for the UK between late November 2019 and March 2020.

Rollout of the service in Eastern Europe would take up to a year longer, according to the spokesperson.

Meanwhile, at the D23 Expo fan convention in California, further details were confirmed about the content to be carried by Disney+.

Every episode of The Simpsons, all previous Star Wars movies, and -from 11th December - Avengers: Endgame will be available to stream.

New content will include Forky Asks A Question - a spin-off from Toy Story 4 and the return of Lizzie McGuire - now a thirtysomething living in New York. The Muppets will return on the service, joining the previously confirmed series Loki, WandaVision, Hawkeye and The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. She Hulk and Moon Knight will also launch on Disney+.

Classic toons will include Kim Possible and original Duck Tales.

Pixar favourites including Wall-E, Up, Finding Nemo will form part of the 500 movie titles to be made available to suscribers within a year of the launch.

Full details relevant to UK subscribers, including the all important price, are still to be confirmed.

While much of Disney+'s key content is expected to be available at the UK launch, some content that has been announced is still available on other broadcaster's linear and online platforms, so it remains to be seen how content will be divided up.

Sky, which at one point looked as if it would come under the control of Disney before being snapped up by Comcast, has announced in the past week that it will be saying goodbye to two Disney-run services on its German and Austrian platforms, including film channel Cinemagic, sparking debate on whether Sky Cinema Disney and other linear Disney channels will continue in the UK and Ireland on Sky when current arrangements end in 2020. The current deal with Sky is likely to be the reason why the UK isn't among the first countries to get Disney+.

Disney already pulled its children's TV service off Sky's Now TV in 2016, in a move linked to Disney's desire to control more of its rights on online platforms. But Disney has since gained access to a lot of content that's traditionally been broadcast on Sky, including National Geographic programming and first-run The Simpsons on Sky 1, meaning the stakes will be high for Sky.

Disney+ has already been confirmed for Android, iOS, Roku and Sony PS4.