The upcoming new Disney+ video streaming service from the Mickey Mouse house, launching in the United States in November, will stream on the world’s most popular consumer devices, including Apple’s iPhone smartphones, iPad tablets and the Apple TV.
Just ahead of the D23 Expo, which kicks off Friday, August 23, in Anaheim, California, the company confirmed global launch dates and pricing for Disney+ in Canada, The Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand. Additionally, Disney has confirmed reaching global agreements with nearly all the major platforms to distribute the Disney+ app across partner mobile and connected TV devices. A company spokesperson told The Verge that Disney has nothing to announce regarding “channel” marketplaces like Apple TV Channels or Amazon Prime Channels.
— What’s On Disney Plus (@disneyplusnews) April 11, 2019
At launch, people will be able to subscribe to Disney+ directly (by entering their credit card details in a form on Disney’s website) or via Apple’s In-App Purchase mechanism. It will support the following partner platforms and devices at launch:
- iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple TV: Full support for Apple’s In-App Purchase mechanism and integration with the TV app so that movies, originals and shows will appear there among other suggested things to watch.
- Android smartphones
- Android TV media streamers
- Google Apple and Chromecast built-in devices
- Microsoft Xbox One
- Sony PlayStation 4
- Android based Sony TVs
- Roku streaming players and Roku TV models
The glaring omission from this list: Amazon’s Fire TV lineup.
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— Disney+ (@disneyplus) August 19, 2019
Support may expand to additional devices as Disney+ rolls out globally across next year.
Announced in April, Disney+ will take advantage of the Mickey Mouse house’s deep library of original and acquired content. Disney controls the entertainment industry’s most valuable brands, like Marvel, Star Wars and Pixar. The entertainment conglomerate will leverage those assets and its brand power to undercut most other streaming services. Disney+ starts streaming November 12 in the United States, Canada and The Netherlands.
Content will be streamed in resolutions up to 4K and with HDR when available.
It will cost just seven bucks per month in the U.S. ($60 per year), nine Canadian dollars in Canada ($90CAD per year) and €7 per month in The Netherlands (€70 per year). The following week, the service will launch in Australia and New Zealand on November 19, priced at $9AUD per month ($90AUD per year) and $10NZD per month ($100NZF per year), respectively.
Disney also announced plans for streaming via web browsers on PCs.
Earlier this month, the media giant announced a new $13 per month bundle that’ll include Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ subscriptions. As if that weren’t enough, Disney now has full control of Hulu after acquiring Comcast’s Hulu stake for at least $5.8 billion.
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