New wave of European Disney+ launches on March 31


During a BBC Breakfast segment unveiling the new Britbox streaming platform, broadcaster Charlie Stayt said that rival service Disney+ would be launching in the United Kingdom in March of next year.

Currently, only five countries are confirmed to receive Disney+: the US, Canada, the Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand. "If a customer signed up for Disney+ on another device, they can simply log into their account". All you'll have to do is say "Alexa, open Disney Plus", and she'll fire up Disney+ on your Fire TV.

What changed isn't clear.

During the Walt Disney Company Investor Call, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that Disney+ will launch in Western Europe on March 31st.

As well as movies, the service will offer Jon Favreau's TV series, The Mandalorian - which is set in the Star Wars universe.

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Elsewhere, Disney has come to an agreement with Amazon over disputes over Fire TV carrying Disney+. It will also appear on Samsung and LG's smart TV platforms.

"Disney+ content will also be included in Fire TV's universal search feature making it easy to find and discover content with your voice", the company added.

While the company has evidently been able to find a solution to make its November 12 launch viable, the streamer's availability in other markets is still up in the air with licensing being a key issue.

After reporting that theme park attendance declined by 3% last quarter, all eyes are on attendance figures at domestic theme parks, as Disney reportedly spent more than $1 billion each on the two 14-acre Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge expansions, and interestingly, the results so far are kind of a mixed bag. As The Hollywood Reporter noted, in 2017 the group brought lawsuits against against services like TickBox and Dragon Media that sold devices that pre-loaded with software that facilitated piracy.