Disney+: UK streamers must wait; compatible devices announced



UK streamers will have to wait to get Disney+: the country is not going to be among the first to gain access to the much-anticipated service.

Disney has confirmed the service will go live on the 12th November in the USA, Canada and The Netherlands. A week later, users in Australia and New Zealand will get access to the service.

Disney+ will include content from Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic. US users will be asked to pay $6.99 a month for the service, users in the Netherlands will pay €6.99. Discounts for annual subscriptions will apply.

A UK launch date hasn't yet been confirmed. However, once Disney+ does go live, users can expect to the service on the following devices:

  • Apple [iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple TV, and fully integrated with the Apple TV app; customers will be able to subscribe to Disney+ via in-app purchase]
  • Google [Android phones, Android TV devices, Google Chromecast and Chromecast built-in devices]
  • Microsoft (Xbox One)
  • Sony / Sony Interactive Entertainment [PlayStation4 and all Android-based Sony TVs]
  • Roku [Roku streaming players and Roku TV models]

To insiders, it's not a surprise that The Netherlands has been chosen to debut Disney+ in Europe. Here, Disney has already been cutting back its linear TV offering, having abolished a 24 hour version of Disney XD last year. The infrastructure is also key: for decades, most Dutch viewers have chosen cable TV over other forms of TV reception. Cable TV networks have since been built out to cater for high-speed internet, meaning the country is in a good position to support internet TV services. Also, truly free-to-air TV is limited, meaning most Dutch households are used to having to pay to receive commercial TV services.