The launch of Disney+ in the UK and Ireland is inching closer by the day. And while we know your excitement has been building for months, you're probably also wondering what exactly will be available to stream when it does finally drop on March 24. The specifics on what will actually be on the streaming service are still pretty cloak and dagger, and to be honest, we may not know the specifics until we are finally able to log on. But here's what we know so far.
Disney confirmed on Feb. 12 that there'll be over 1,000 titles available when Disney+ launches in the UK. And while it's still unclear exactly what that means — we don't know how it will affect Disney's existing deal with Sky, for example — you can definitely expect a bunch of original content to be sitting pretty alongside all of your favourite Marvel and Star Wars movies. Disney has confirmed there will be differences region to region (it is similar to Netflix in this regard). For example, currently Disney+ Australia has a lot more movie titles than its North American counterpart, but it's impossible to guess where the UK will exactly land.
This means we can only go off the little crumbs Disney has thrown our way so far, like the 2020 trailer, which was released in December 2019. In the trailer, it was confirmed that the Lizzie McGuire reboot is due this year (although, it has since been put on hold), along with a second season of Star Wars spinoff The Mandalorian and live-action blockbusters like The Lion King and Aladdin, which will both also be added to the Disney+ app at some point this year.
Disney owns a bunch of other entertainment companies, like Pixar and Marvel (which are obvious), Star Wars (you already know this), and National Geographic. But Disney also owns Hulu (a streaming giant in the US), which includes shows like The Handmaid's Tale, Family Guy, and This Is Us. This means American customers can sign up for bundle deals, giving them access to Disney+, Hulu, and sports broadcaster ESPN+ for a single monthly cost. To date, there has been no mention of a similar package in the UK, aside from unconfirmed whispers that Sky is in talks with Disney about signing a deal.
Disney+ has reportedly picked up over 28 million subscribers in the three months since it launched — and all before it even comes close to hitting the UK — so while we may not know the specifics just yet, we can be sure the catalogue will be massive.