Disney Plus: Everything about Disney’s streaming service

Latest update (June 23, 2020):

To Sweden September 15

We have been waiting. And waited. But now it’s finally clear when Disney’s streaming service is released on the Swedish market. September 15 is the date to write down the calendar for Swedish Disney fans. Then, the service is launched in a total of eight new countries, after a couple of months laced with delays and general uncertainty.

In Sweden, you will have to pay SEK 69 a month for Disney Plus, the company writes in one release.


Update (2020-04-09):

50 million

Disney Plus has not been around for six months but is already up to 50 million subscribers, reports Cnet. The service was released in the US and a few other countries last October and has now reached fourteen countries including the largest European markets, but still neither to the Nordic nor Japan where Disney is extremely popular.

Before launching the service, Disney guessed that it could reach 60-90 million subscribers after five years, so 50 million in five months should probably be seen as a phenomenal start.

Disney has a unique position among the streaming services with its huge directory. Unlike, for example, Netflix and the newcomer Apple, the company doesn’t have to rely on new productions to attract viewers.

Update (2020-03-23):

Delays and reduced video quality for Disney Plus in Europe

Tomorrow Tuesday will be the Disney Plus premiere in a number of European countries, namely the UK, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy and Spain.

Now it is clear that Disney is choosing to follow the EU recommendation to temporarily lower the image quality, so as not to overload the internet now that many people work from home because of the corona virus. According to a statement to the news agency Reuters the service will require 25 percent less bandwidth due to the changes.

At the same time, the launch in France has been postponed until April 7, following a request from the country’s authorities.

According to the plan, Disney Plus will be launched in Sweden and the rest of the Nordic countries sometime this summer, but no exact date has been announced yet.

Update (2020-01-21):

Disney Plus gets (almost) a Swedish release date

Disney’s streaming service was launched in the US in November, and in the same vein it was announced that the service would reach a bunch of European countries on March 31. Britain, France and Germany were some of them, but we Swedes have been waiting impatiently for more information on when Disney Plus might reach us.

But now it clears up a bit. The Disney Plus release previously added with one week in the above mentioned countries plus a bunch of others. New release date is March 24. The same article also states that Disney Plus reaches the Nordic countries “this summer”. It would be extremely surprising if this did not include Sweden. A wide launch window, but still a welcome indication.

The European prices available so far land at £ 5.99 and € 6.99 per month respectively. What this results in for Swedish prices we can’t say exactly, but we reasonably land somewhere between SEK 70-79.


Update (2020-01-03)

Movies have already started disappearing from Disney Plus

It may seem like Disney owns close to all movie licenses under the sun, but it apparently doesn’t stop movies from already starting to disappear from the company’s own streaming service Disney Plus.

The films Dr. Dolittle, Pirates of the Carribean: On Stranger Tides, Alone at Home and Alone at Home 2 and Scotty’s Summer have all been removed from the service in early 2020, without Disney saying anything about it. Something that was first noticed by users on Reddit.

Earlier in 2019, The Shaggy Dog and Garfield 2: A Tail of Two Kitties also disappeared from the streaming service.

Disney Plus debuted November 12, 2019 and has been out for just over two months.

According to sources of Polygon the disappearances may be due to ongoing licensing disputes regarding the films and why they may return when they are completed.

Bloomberg has also previously reported that films like Black Panther will disappear from the service in the future and go to Netflix in 2026.


Update (2019-11-14)

Warns of outdated stereotypes

Users of Disney’s new streaming service Disney Plus have noted that the service sometimes includes text alerts for materials that may contain outdated cultural depictions, reports Variety.

The warning can be seen in the descriptive text of films such as Dumbo, Aristocats, Lady and Lufsen and the Jungle Book.

Disney has previously had similar warnings on the DVD releases of their short films.

Also, despite over 500 films from the company’s catalog, Disney Plus does not include the controversial 1946 Song of the South, which has been heavily criticized for portraying African Americans. Which is not surprising in itself because Disney never released the movie on home video in the US.


Update (2019-11-12)

Disney Plus is released in the first three countries

As of today, Tuesday, November 12, anyone living in the United States, Canada or the Netherlands can now access the Disney Plus streaming service.

In conjunction with this, several of the service’s exclusive series have also received a premiere, such as the lavish new Star Wars series The Mandalorian.

It’s still unclear when Disney Plus will show up in Sweden.

The next launch wave for European countries is currently only set for March 31, 2020 when Disney Plus arrives in France, Italy, Spain, the UK and Germany.


Update (2019-11-08):

More European countries first this spring – Sweden is not included

Disney Plus will be released in the US, Canada and the Netherlands on November 12. Then followed Australia and New Zealand on November 19, which had led some to believe that the international rollout could go a little faster than the two years that Disney first promised.

However, the company has now revealed that the next launch wave will only be March 31, 2020, when the streaming service is released in France, Italy, Spain, the UK, Ireland and Germany.

Unlike Apple, which can launch its streaming service worldwide at the same time because all content is new, Disney must purchase or otherwise lose the rights to stream its movies and series, with the exception of newly produced material such as The Mandalorian.

Disney also points out that the content of the service will differ from country to country.


Update (2019-10-24):

You may still have downloaded Disney Plus movies even if they disappear

In November, Disney Plus has its US premiere. On Tuesday, the company’s CEO Bob Iger came to Vanity Fair’s New Establishment Summit and revealed some new information about the service, writes Cnet.

Due to previous licensing agreements, Disney will not be able to view all of its films from all its subsidiaries. In certain periods, some material will disappear, for example a number of films launched between 2016 and 2018 that will move to Netflix 2025.

What Bob Iger revealed at the conference was that subscribers who have downloaded a movie to watch offline will be able to do so as long as they subscribe, regardless of whether the movie in question has disappeared from the streaming directory. Customers can thus theoretically download the entire Disney catalog and continue to see what they want as long as they spend 70 SEK a month to Disney.

When Disney Plus is launched in Sweden, we have not yet received news.


Update (2019-10-20):

See the 3-hour trailer for Disney Plus

On November 12, it is the premiere of Disney Plus, the new video service that will take up the fight with Netflix for viewers’ favor.

If you are curious about the content offered, you can read the trailer below in 3 hours and 18 minutes (yes, you read right). Here we see clips on pretty much everything on offer from Snövit and the seven dwarves to the Star Wars series The Mandalorian:

A list of all clips included in the record-length trailer can be found on Twitter.


Update (2019-09-13):

Beta released in the Netherlands

Anyone living in the Netherlands can now sign up to get an account on Disney Plus, the streaming service that will soon collect all Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars movies, National Geographic, and what it is suffering from 20th Century Fox movies and series.

The Netherlands is one of three countries where the service will be launched on November 12, the other two being the United States and Canada. By testing beta in the country, Disney can hard-test its servers without allowing too many users. In addition, the Netherlands has significantly improved broadband networks than Canada and the United States.

The Verge has tested the service and writes that the apps for iphone, Android and Apple TV are bug-free and work well. In addition to apps, you can watch through web browsers but cannot download episodes and movies to watch offline.

The site writes that 18 Marvel movies, all except Avengers Endgame and Captain Marvel, are included in the beta. So do all the released Star Wars movies, all classic and modern Disney feature films, and much more. The Star Wars series The Mandalorian, on the other hand, is not surprisingly not included.


Update (2019-08-25):

Here is the first trailer for The Mandalorian

In conjunction with the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, Disney has now shown the very first, full trailer for its upcoming Star Wars series The Mandalorian, which Tech Crunch was the first to Report.

Not much is known about the series, but it will take place around five years after Jedin’s return. There is no shortage of interest, however, at the time of writing, the trailer has amassed well over nine million views on Youtube.

Disney Plus will launch in the US, Canada and the Netherlands on November 12, and The Mandalorian will be on the service from the start. However, Disney is content to release a new episode this week of The Mandalorian.

When Disney Plus comes to Sweden is not known at this time.


Update 2019-08-24:

Disney tells us more about Plus

In conjunction with the D23 Expo in Anaheim, Disney has presented more details regarding the upcoming Disney Plus video service.

At launch, Disney Plus will offer more than 500 films and 7,500 episodes of television series, including most of Disney and Pixar. Unlike Netflix, you will be content with one episode a week of new series, such as The Mandalorian set in the Star Wars world. We also get to see a new series about Obi-Wan Kenobi starring Ewan McGregor.

In addition to Star Wars, Marvel is one of the biggest draws and on that front we get to see new TV series like Ms Marvel, She Hulk and Moon Knight.

The price tag for Disney Plus ends at $ 6.99 per month, which corresponds to SEK 67. For that sum, you will be able to stream to four units at the same time. Worth noting is that there is no extra charge for 4k content.

Disney Plus will launch in the US, Canada and the Netherlands on November 12, then the service will arrive in Australia and New Zealand a week later. When the service comes to Sweden at the time of writing, it is unclear, but hopefully it does not take too long.

These are the supported devices from start:

  • Apple TV
  • Android
  • Android TV
  • Chromecast
  • Covers
  • iphone
  • Playstation 4
  • Roku
  • Roku TV
  • Xbox One

In addition, it will be possible to access Disney Plus through a modern browser, so you can also look at your computer. Noteworthy is that support for Amazon Fire and Amazon Fire TV is lacking, but it will probably emerge eventually.


Earlier:

Disney presents its streaming service

Now, Disney has announced its upcoming streaming service Disney Plus, and revealed both what it will contain and when it is released and how much it will cost.

As expected, the service gathers all of Disney’s own series and films from the many subsidiaries and studios. From Disney Animation Studios with the classic cartoons to Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm (Star Wars), National Geographic and recently acquired 20th Century Fox.

A number of new series and films will accompany the service, such as Wandavision with Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany (the characters Scarlet Witch and Vision from the Avengers films) and The World According to Jeff Goldblum where the actor explores everyday objects. We already know that there will be several Star Wars series, a series about Loki starring Tom Hiddleston and various other series.

From 20th Century Fox comes all the episodes of The Simpsons and movies like Sound of Music and The Princess Bride.

Disney Plus will be released for everything from mobiles and computers to smart TVs and media players, with support for up to 4k resolution and HDR. A great deal of content should also be downloaded for offline viewing.

Disney plans to have the service available to more or less worldwide in two years.


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