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Disney+ to roll out in Canada, Netherlands this November

The Walt Disney Company will roll out its much-anticipated streaming service Disney+ in select international markets on the same day it launches in America. Disney+ will be made available to audiences ...
August 19, 2019

The Walt Disney Company will roll out its much-anticipated streaming service Disney+ in select international markets on the same day it launches in America.

Disney+ will be made available to audiences in Canada and the Netherlands on Nov. 12, priced at CA$8.99 per month (or CA$89.99 per year) and €6.99 per month (or €69.99 per year), respectively.

The streaming service will extend to Australia and New Zealand seven days later on Nov. 19, priced at AU$8.99 per month (or AU$89.99 per year) and NZ$9.99 per month (or NZ$99.99 per year), respectively.

Disney’s direct-to-consumer and international segment also revealed that it had inked global distribution agreements to launch Disney+ across most major platforms. At launch, users will be able to stream Disney+ via partner platforms and connected-TV devices including Apple, Google, Microsoft (Xbox One), Sony (PlayStation 4 and all Android based Sony TVs) and Roku (Roku streaming players and Roku TV models).

Disney+ will offer audiences unparalleled content from the company’s iconic entertainment brands, including Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic. In the U.S., the service is expected to launch with around 300 film titles and 7,500 TV episodes, however it remains to be seen whether the library will be the same in international markets, where rights deals vary from territory to territory.

On the original-content front, Disney+ is expected to debut with 10 exclusive episodic series, movies and documentaries. In total, more than 45 original projects will premiere globally on the service within the first year.

For Nat Geo, original series for the service include the previously announced The World According to Jeff Goldblum, produced by Nutopia, which sees the charismatic actor draw interesting connections between the seemingly familiar and the incredible. Also on the way: The Magic of the Animal Kingdom, a docuseries following the biologists , vets and animal care experts that are part of Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Epcot’s SeaBase aquarium. The Goldblum series will be available at the launch of the service, while the Animal Kingdom series is set to debut during Disney+’s first year.

The service will also feature a multi-episode docuseries about the making of the upcoming animation feature Frozen 2. The series, Into the Unknown: The Making of Frozen 2, will go behind the scenes at the Walt Disney Animation Studios as the team works on the sequel to the blockbuster. That series is also set to launch during year one.

Disney expects the streaming service will be made available in all major international markets within its first two years.

With files from Frederick Blichert and Jordan Pinto

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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