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Disney Plus global launch won't include UK

Disney Plus global launch won't include UK
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The slow drip of details surrounding the Disney Plus streaming service continues and it's mixed news for people in the UK. 

Disney has confirmed more details for the global launch with five countries set to get access to the service within a week of the US launch. 12th November will see Disney Plus launch in the US, Canada and Netherlands, while a week later on the 19th it will go live in Australia and New Zealand.

So that means Disney's streaming service won't be in the UK at launch. Disney did confirm that it would launch "in most major markets within the first two years". 

In terms of pricing, it looks like the service will be broadly comparable across territories. It will be priced at $8.99CAD per month (or $89.99 per year) in Canada and €6.99 per month (or €69.99 per year) in the Netherlands. In Australia it will be priced at $8.99AUD per month (or $89.99 per year) and in New Zealand it's $9.99NZD per month (or $99.99 per year), respectively.

At launch, Disney Plus will work across Apple iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple TV, Android phones, Android TVs, Google Chromecast and Chromecast built-in devices, Xbox One, all Android based Sony TVs, PlayStation4, Roku streaming players and Roku TVs. Just so long as you're in the right country...

Disney has launched a social media campaign around the service, focusing on the company's raft of content, including Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic

Disney's betting on its nearly-century-old back catalogue - plus its lucrative subsidiaries - to tempt viewers from Amazon Video and Netflix, while those services spend big on building their own libraries of original content. 

Disney hasn't said much about picture and sound, so it remains to be seen whether 4K, HDR, Dolby Atmos and more, will be on the menu.

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