March 24, 2020
Disney’s high-profile subscription streaming video platform, Disney+, officially went live throughout much of Europe on March 24. The service will launch April 7 in France due to ongoing concerns about the coronavirus’ impact on the country’s broadband networks.
Pricing ranges £5.99/€6.99 per month, or £59.99/€69.99 for an annual subscription. Following its initial European launch markets, additional Western Europe launches this summer include Belgium, Scandinavia and Portugal.
“Launching in seven markets simultaneously marks a new milestone for Disney+,“ Kevin Mayer, chairman of Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer & International, said in a statement. “As the streaming home for Disney, Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars, and National Geographic, Disney+ delivers high-quality, optimistic storytelling that fans expect from our brands, now available broadly, conveniently, and permanently on Disney+. We humbly hope that this service can bring some much-needed moments of respite for families during these difficult times.”
In addition to myriad streaming devices, Disney+ is also available via Deutsche Telekom in Germany, O2 in the United Kingdom, Telefonica in Spain, TIM in Italy and Canal+ in France (on April 7th). The platform also has distribution through Comcast-owned Sky in the U.K. and Ireland.
After Amazon Prime Video, Disney+ represents the next major American SVOD competitor to Netflix outside the U.S. The Disney+ domestic debut saw more than 10 million accounts registered on the app in one day. Disney+ now has more than 30 million subscribers.