Disney Plus UK has launched – and Disney has explained pretty much everything about what you can expect from the new streaming service on day one, including TV shows and movies to stream. Sign up to a free 7-day Disney Plus trial here.
With Disney Plus, you can watch all the Star Wars, Disney, Marvel and The Simpsons you can handle. It’s a little like Netflix, but focused specifically on Disney-related and Disney-owned content. Here’s the full list of Disney Plus UK movies and TV shows, so you can see what’s worth watching on day one.
The launch line-up is very healthy, even compared to the existing libraries in the US and Australia.
Disney Plus previously launched back in November in territories like the US and Australia, but if you were hoping we’d get every episode of The Mandalorian at launch in the UK, episodes will only start to ‘roll out‘ on the March 24 launch. Still, Disney has now confirmed you’ll have two episodes to watch at launch, with new episodes of all originals being added at 8am every Friday.
Existing DisneyLife customers will be migrated onto Disney Plus – though we’re not sure how that’ll work yet.
Below, we’ll talk you through everything we know about Disney Plus’s UK launch, price, compatible devices, free trial, shows, movies and more.
Disney Plus UK release date: it’s live!
Disney Plus is now live in the UK! You can start watching it now.
Disney Plus free trial UK: watch seven days for free now
Disney Plus app links: how to download Disney Plus
Below, we’ve added app links we’ve found so far for the UK launch, and we’ll add more as they appear.
Disney Plus: UK pre-order deal, price and subscription tiers explained
Disney has confirmed that Disney Plus will cost £59.99 for an annual subscription, or £5.99 per month. As mentioned above, until March 23 you can pre-order a year’s subscription and bring the price down to £49.99. Monthly and yearly, then, are the two available tiers, and you can cancel at any time. Unlike in the US, where it’s bundled in with ESPN and Hulu, in the UK Disney has so far only been announced as a standalone service.
Either tier gets you four concurrent streams, unlimited downloads with a maximum of 10 devices and the option to create seven profiles. Disney UK doesn’t specifically mention 4K resolutions, just ‘high-quality’ viewing. Since it’s available in the US and Australia, though, expect to see that for the same price tier. We’ll explain more about compatible apps below.
In the US, you can gift a year of Disney Plus either digitally or in the form of physical cards, but no such option has been announced for the UK yet.
Disney Plus UK: compatible devices and apps
Disney Plus will launch on pretty much any device you can name in the UK, including mobile devices, games consoles, streaming media devices and smart TVs. You can take Disney Plus shows on the go, too, downloading as many movies and shows as you can fit on your device, as long as you have an active subscription and connect to the internet every 30 days.
Disney Plus UK will launch on LG TVs, Sky Q, Apple TV, Roku streaming devices, Android, iOS, PS4, Xbox One, Hisense TVs, Google Chromecast and Amazon’s Fire range of streaming devices. One notable exception is the Nintendo Switch, which is still pretty poor at supporting streaming services.
Philips has confirmed its Android-based smart TVs will support Disney Plus, and Amazon has confirmed its Fire TV devices will feature the service too.
Disney Plus UK: shows and movies, including The Simpsons
The full list of Disney Plus UK movies and shows has been revealed. Click that link for more on what you can expect on day one. Every Star Wars movie minus The Rise of Skywalker is confirmed for day one, as well as a near-complete list of Pixar movies and Marvel movies. You’ll also get 2019’s Aladdin and The Lion King movies on day one. No word on Frozen 2 yet, which just launched in the US.
Star Wars series The Mandalorian is the clear highlight of Disney Plus originals. As mentioned, episodes will only start to ‘roll out’ on March 24. At launch, you’ll have episodes one and two to watch of the live-action Star Wars show, as well as two episodes of the final season of The Clone Wars.
In the UK, all new episodes of original shows on Disney Plus will be released at 8am each Friday. Expect one new episode for each Disney Plus original show per week, except The Clone Wars, which will get two episodes per week until the show catches up with the US.
Expect the live-action Lady and the Tramp, High School Musical: The Series, Encore!, The World According to Jeff Goldblum, Togo, Diary of a Future President, Forky Asks a Question and The Imagineering Story at launch, too. Expect one episode for each original at launch.
The Simpsons was initially left out of initial marketing for Disney Plus UK, but the service has confirmed the animated sitcom is coming on Twitter. You can stream 30 seasons of the show on day one.
In the future, Disney Plus is getting plenty of big exclusive shows. From the Marvel Cinematic Universe side of things, new shows include The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (August), WandaVision (November), Loki (2021), Hawkeye (2021) and animated show What If?. Further off, expect TV shows based on Moon Knight, Ms Marvel and She-Hulk. Unlike Marvel’s Netflix shows, too, these will canonically be part of the MCU, and feature actors crossing over between the movies and these TV series.
Lucasfilm has a second season of The Mandalorian coming in October 2020, then further off it’s making shows featuring Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi and Diego Luna’s Cassian Andor from Rogue One.
Disney Plus will launch with Sky Q and come to Now TV at a later date
Disney Plus has made a deal with Sky to host Disney Plus on its Sky Q platform at launch. That means you can watch Disney Plus as well as your other Sky content – it’ll just be added to your Sky bill. This is a major convenience win for users of the service, although whether it’s just an app or full integration of the content is yet to be explained.
It won’t be part of the existing Ultimate On-demand package, though. “D+ will be integrated in Sky Q similarly to Netflix,” a Sky spokesperson told us. “You will be able to add it to your Sky bill – it is not part of Ultimate on-demand.”
Disney Plus will be available on Now TV in the coming months, too.
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