The Disney+ streaming service comes to the UK on March 31, 2020 - and here's how viewers can watch it. Disney CEO Bob Iger operates under a policy of "innovate, or die" - and as such, he's led Disney into one of the most radical, transformative moments in their history. The film giant is launching its own streaming service, Disney+, intended to disrupt the streaming industry and cement Disney's position in the entertainment sector for decades to come.
The House of Mouse has recently announced that Disney+ will launch in the UK market on March 31, 2020. This delayed rollout is due to a number of factors, most prominently Disney's need to allow their historic distribution deal with Sky to expire. At first glance this delay is disappointing news for potential British subscribers, but it's worth noting that Disney is rolling out pretty quickly. Naturally, though, all this means that viewers are eager to know just how they'll be able to watch Disney+.
At present, there is no way for people in the UK to watch Disney+ when it launches in the U.S. on November 12, 2019, as the Disney+ UK website only allows subscribers to register their interest. Disney+ shows won't be broadcast anywhere else either, so all would-be viewers can do is wait. After the service goes live in March, though, people will be able to sign up with their email and debit/credit card information. Pricing for Disney+ hasn't been officially confirmed for the UK, but it's likely to be similar to the US ($6.99 a month, or an annual subscription of $69.99). Once those details have been entered, subscribers will be able to use Disney+ on a variety of devices including:
- Desktop web browsers
- Android mobile devices
- Chromebooks, Chromecast and Chromecast-enabled devices
- Fire TV streaming devices, such as the Amazon FireStick
- Android, Apple, Fire, LG, Samsung, and Sony Smart TVs
- iPad and iPhone
- Sony PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
- Roku players and Roku TV
Disney and Amazon struck a last-minute deal to allow Disney+ on Fire devices, and that's particularly good news for UK viewers. The Amazon FireStick became the company's fastest-selling UK device ever when it was released in 2015, and in May this year Amazon confirmed that their metrics indicate Fire TV is still the most popular streaming player in the UK market. Roku is attempting to challenge the might of Amazon, but it remains to be seen whether or not they can become as strong in the UK as they are in the US.
Disney has confirmed that Disney+ content will vary by region, probably due to complications with regaining distribution rights. Still, the UK release will be similar to the US, with five hubs: Disney, Pixar, Star Wars, Marvel, and National Geographic. A number of Disney+ originals are due to release in the US before Disney+ hits the UK, including The Mandalorian, and it's safe to assume they'll be available on UK launch.