Disney+ Launching in Singapore on Feb. 23

Disney is expected to rollout its branded Disney+ SVOD service in Singapore on Feb. 23, in a partnership with local cable TV operator StarHub. The platform reportedly will launch with access to 500 movies and 15,000 episodes of content from Marvel, Disney, Star Wars, National Geographic, Pixar and Star in India. Pricing information has not been released.

Disney+ had 86.8 million subscribers in early December, with 30% of the sub base originating via Star, the Indian streaming platform Disney acquired through the acquisition of 20th Century Fox assets.

“We are excited to be the first and only fully-integrated quad-play service provider to raise the entertainment bar for our customers with Disney+, home to some of the most recognizable cultural brands in the world today,” Johan Buse, head of StarHub’s consumer business group, said in a statement. “With the growing ubiquity of ultra-responsive 5G, our customers will be able to experience true mobility and freedom, enjoying the freshest entertainment at the highest quality anytime, anywhere and on any screen.”

Disney+ bowed on Nov. 12, 2019 in the U.S., Holland, Australia and New Zealand. A second rollout in select Western European countries occurred last March, with India and Indonesia following. Rollout into Eastern Europe and other parts of Asia is on the schedule this year.

Netflix Adds Singapore Original Movies, TV Shows

Netflix has inked a distribution deal with Singapore’s MediaCorp, enabling access to more than 50 titles in the SVOD pioneer’s service offerings in Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei.

Dubbed “Singapore, Now Streaming,” the Netflix platform will offer content in August, including Best of The Noose, The Wedding Game, The Golden Pillow, Growing Up and Vettai in English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil.

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“As a Singaporean growing up with a lot of these classic shows and films, I am incredibly excited to enrich the Netflix catalog with these best-in-class Singaporean stories that are made in Singapore, by Singaporeans, for Singaporeans, to celebrate this National Day (Aug. 9),” Raphael Phang, manager of content acquisition at Netflix, said in a statement.

Jesslyn Wong, VP of content distribution at Mediacorp, said the partnership with Netflix underscores the value of content collaborations.

“We are confident that Netflix users will be captivated by our curation of Singaporean tales told by Singaporean talent, and hope this taste of our uniquely local flavors will encourage new and existing audiences to explore the extensive array of wonderful work we have to offer,” Wong said.

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