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Disney+ Will Launch In Several European Countries On March 24th

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On March 24th Disney+ will launch in the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria and Switzerland. Other European countries will follow later in summer. Click through for more details, including infos about a six month free trial period in Germany for Deutsche Telekom customers!

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Disney+ will cost £5.99 a month in the UK, or £59.99 for the year. However, if you sign up for the service until March 23rd you can get the service for £49.99 a year. After that you will pay the regular £5.99 per month or £59.99 for the year. In the UK Disney+ will be available through Sky Q and at a later date also Now TV.
A similar offer is available in the other countries, here you can get a 10 euros discount if you sign up until March 23rd, you will pay 59.99 euros for the year, instead of the regular 69.99. Monthly subscription fee is 6.99 euros.

People in Germany who are customers of Deutsche Telekom, Germany’s largest telecommunictations provider, do get a much better deal, similar to what Verizon offered in the USA. If you are a customer of Deutsche Telekom who has one of their “Magenta” mobile/internet plans, you can sign up for Disney+ and the first six months will be completely free! After that you will pay 5 Euros a month, instead of the regular 6.99 Euros. You can cancel your subscription anytime if you use the Deutsche Telekom offer, so all Deutsche Telekom customers (those with a Magenta mobile or internet plan) can try out Disney+ for free for six months and cancel before the free trial period expires, if they don’t like the service. The Deutsche Telekom offer will be available until May 19th!
Disney+ is also using other ways to promote their new streaming service in Germany. The pilot episode of The Mandalorian will air on network tv (Pro7) to whet the appetite of Star Wars fans on March 22nd, two days before the service launches.

Disney faces some challenges in France. A French law dictates that streaming services must not offer movies that were released in the past 36 months. In other words, Disney+ will only be able to stream movies in France that were released before March 2017. So French customers do get a much worse deal and they will have to wait a while before they can stream the latest Marvel or Star Wars movies. Especially the fact that Avengers Endgame will be missing at launch may be somewhat annoying to many potential customers.

In Spain Disney has entered a strategic partnership with Telefonica, here the streaming service will be available through Movistar Plus, Telefonica’s pay tv service.

If you are interested in Disney+ you can use this link to sign up in your country. If you happen to be in Germany and if you are a Deutsche Telekom user with one of their Magenta plans you can also click here to go directly to the Deutsche Telekom website with their special Disney+ offer.

Will you sign up for Disney+? In a time of postponed movie releases and understandable fears to go to the movies with lots of other people, streaming services will certainly be a welcome distraction in the coming weeks and months.

And one final thing: many tv/streaming productions in the US have halted production. Some Disney+ series are also affected, Falcon and the Winter Soldier was scheduled to film in Prague, Czech Republic, but filming in the city has been cancelled for now for understandable reasons. It is unknown if the release dates for the upcoming Disney+ exclusive Marvel and Star Wars shows will have to be pushed back because of the current coronavirus pandemic. The Cassian Andor series is scheduled to begin filming in June. At least for now. We will keep you posted!

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