Disney Plus launches in the US in November

Disney+ launches in the US in November, but the rest of us will have to wait

Thanks to Disney’s Investor Day event presentation yesterday, we have new information about its upcoming streaming service, its content, and its intentions for global expansion (TLDR: Africa’s probably going to have to wait a while).

Disney+ will be available in the US from 12 November, for $6.99, with up to 4K HDR video playback on smart TVs, consoles, streaming media players, and mobile devices. All of their content will also be available to download for offline viewing. But what content, exactly?

Well, new content from Marvel includes:

  • Unnamed series – it involves Tom Hiddleston’s Loki so it’s name doesn’t even matter
  • The Falcon and The Winter Soldier – a live-action series with Anthony Mackie (The Falcon) and Sebastian Stan (The Winter Soldier)
  • WandaVision – a live-action series with Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch) and Paul Bettany (The Vision)
  • Marvel’s What If…? – animated series that explores pivotal moments from the Marvel Cinematic Universe from an alter-dimension perspective, like what if Peggy Carter was given the super soldier serum?

If you’re more into Star Wars, there’s:

  • The Mandalorian – a live-action series, written by Jon Favreau, that takes place three years after the Return of the Jedi, but before The Force Awakens
  • An exclusive new season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars
  • Unnamed Cassian Andor series – follows Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) during the early days of the Rebellion, before Rogue One (obvs), and includes Alan Tudyk as beloved K-2SO

If you’re not into any of that, then all 30 seasons of The Simpsons will be available from day one, or just pick something from its catalogue of 7500 television series episodes and 500 movies.

Disney intends to expand its streaming service to “nearly all major regions of the world” within the next two years. There’s no official information on what that means for South Africa yet.


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