When Disney didn’t announce a UK release date for Disney Plus at its big reveal earlier this year, many were heartbroken and skeptical, while others remained hopelessly optimistic they’d see it around the same time as the US.
Unfortunately, that's not going to happen.
The Disney Twitter account has finally unveiled the release date for the service in the UK and Ireland - March 31, 2020 - over four months after it releases in the US, The Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand. In responses to user questions, it clarified that the existing DisneyLife service will be "rebranded" as Disney Plus, with users able to transition their subscription to the new service.
In answer to questions about price, which is still unknown, Disney UK explained it has "a few different price plans" for the service, and that it'll reveal information on that soon. It's hard to tell if that refers to possible bundles and deals, like Disney has with Verizon in the US, or simply a monthly vs yearly cost, as Disney Plus has been priced in the US. There, it launches as a $6.99-per-month all-in-one deal, or you can get a year's subscription for $69.99.
The UK and Ireland aren’t the only territories getting the sharp end of the sceptre - that March release date applies to Germany, France, Italy, Spain as well.
Bad news for fans of the House of Mouse
As you’d expect, people aren’t exactly happy about getting the streaming service - and new, highly anticipated shows like The Mandalorian and films like Lady and the Tramp - four months after everyone else.
That said, although many Disney fans in Europe will feel left out with the decision to launch the service later in their home countries, Disney fans in South America and Asia will be doubly disappointed as they still have yet to get a Disney Plus release date for the service for Brazil, Japan, Argentina and dozens of other Disney-loving countries.
Still, while many fans are understandably upset at the delay, there are a few fans of the House of Mouse that are just excited to know the European release date of the service.
It does feel like the delayed rollout of the service is going to make piracy Disney Plus's worst enemy, even knowing a firm date is on the horizon for many European countries. So what can you do if you’re not on the list of countries getting Disney Plus next week? Well, ignore the calls to outright pirate the content and instead look into a VPN service that would allow you to stream the service from anywhere.
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