October 22, 2019
In another competitive blow to Netflix, Verizon Oct. 22 announced it would give subscribers with unlimited data plans a free year membership to Disney’s pending subscription streaming service, Disney+.
The agreement includes new Fios Home Internet and 5G Home Internet customers.
Set to launch on Nov. 12, Disney+ will be the dedicated streaming home for movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and more.
Disney+ claims it will release more than 25 original series and 10 original films and documentaries, including “The Mandalorian,” from executive producer and writer Jon Favreau, and Lady and the Tramp, a live-action remake of the 1955 animated classic.
“Giving Verizon customers an unprecedented offer and access to Disney+ on the platform of their choice is yet another example of our commitment to provide the best premium content available through key partnerships on behalf of our customers,” Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg said in a statement.
The carrier is also working with Disney to incorporate 5G technology to the entertainment industry through Disney Innovation Studios and in the parks.
“The launch of Disney+ kicks off a new era of streaming for The Walt Disney Company, bringing nearly a century’s worth of content from our iconic studios to consumers directly,” Kevin Mayer, chairman, direct-to-consumer & international, The Walt Disney Company, said. “We’re excited to share this moment with Verizon and bring Disney+ to the millions of customers across its award-winning wireless network.”
In tandem with the launch, Verizon becomes the exclusive wireless carrier to offer 12 months of Disney+ to all new and existing 4G LTE and 5G unlimited wireless customers.
Verizon will also offer 12 months of Disney+ to its new Fios Home Internet and 5G Home Internet customers.
At launch, Verizon customers can activate their Disney+ subscription and start streaming on a wide selection of mobile and connected TV devices, including gaming consoles, streaming media players, and smart TVs.