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12 November 2019 12:40

Expect plenty of Star Wars films and TV shows on Disney Plus as a result.

The iconic entertainment provider joins a host of other big names in the streaming service market – from Apple, whose Apple TV+ launched at the start of November, to the BBC and ITV's joint Britbox venture, to Amazon Prime to, of course, the leader of the pack: Netflix. However, British audiences will have to wait a little longer to enjoy their favourite Disney classics and new originals on demand since, as of today, Disney+ is only available in the US and the Netherlands. From launch day to prices, as well as what's going to be on the service, here's everything you need to know about Disney+. Disney+, or Disney Plus, is the beloved studio's answer to Netflix, a comprehensive streaming platform featuring all the shows and films the company has produced since the 1930s. The service has five hubs focusing on the major franchises owned by Disney, such as Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic.

Meanwhile, viewers with little appetite for nostalgia can feast their eyes on original shows, from Star Wars spin-off The Mandalorian to The World According to Jeff Goldblum. If you sign up for a three-year subscription, Disney is knocking down the price to around $4 a month, but you also have to be registered as a D23 Official Disney Fan Club. The Originals have been created based on series in the Disney canon, with a particular focus on Marvel and Star Wars. Two shows currently in the works are an original series focusing on Marvel's Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston, and a prequel series to Star Wars' Rogue One, about the character Cassian Andor, played by Diego Luna. The entertainment company already cancelled its Marvel Originals shows and declined to add any of its 2019 releases to Netflix, choosing to save them all for Disney+.

The Disney Plus streaming service – or Disney+, as it's officially styled – is now live for everyone in the United States, Canada and the Netherlands. The streaming service's countdown timer was originally set to release 6AM ET, but users reported that various apps had started going live much earlier than that. As a result, people have been digging into the content of Disney Plus and finding some nice surprises, uncovering the fact that the entire Star Wars original saga is available in 4K with Dolby Vision. Some users have also tweeted that older episodes of The Simpsons, the complete 30-season archive of which is streaming on Disney Plus, are displaying in widescreen format rather than their original 4:3 aspect ratio. Clearly, there's a lot to get to grips with here, and Disney Plus has arrived at an exciting time for streaming services.

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In a busy streaming market populated by Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and now Apple Plus, Disney is hoping its focused angle will make it stand out. This is the home of classic Disney films, Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar and even old Fox properties. Below, we'll explain how you sign up to Disney Plus, what exclusive content you can expect on the service, and show you links on where to download the Disney Plus app. Disney Plus itself has plenty of movies to watch from launch, and it'll only get more as time goes on, but if you want adult entertainment, Hulu will end up being a valuable location for the more adult shows from Fox's library. That should be enough entertainment to keep you going for the time being, and more and more films will be added to Disney Plus over the coming months if you'd rather just opt for the basic package. Like Netflix, this is a streaming service, but it's exclusively packed with Disney content. We pit Disney Plus vs Netflix to see who comes out on top, but there's likely room for both in your streaming life. There are no channels, as such, but there are five separate content hubs for Disney, Pixar, Star Wars, Marvel, and National Geographic. The Disney Plus streaming service launched in the early hours of November 12, hours before its official launch time of 6AM ET. New episodes of The Clone Wars are coming to Disney Plus. But since all of the original Star Wars films have launched on the service in 4K with Dolby Vision, that bodes well for future films that make the leap to Disney Plus. Disney Plus: Marvel TV shows and movies 16 movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe have launched with Disney Plus in the US, with more planned down the line. The first of these MCU shows will be Falcon and The Winter Soldier (starring Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan), coming in Q3 / Fall 2020, around a year after Disney Plus goes live. Marvel's head of television, Jeph Loeb, did say there'll be more "street-level heroes" coming to the Disney Plus service too, with Marvel TV shows set to replace or expand on the likes of Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Iron Fist, and The Defenders – all of which were cancelled on Netflix (via Deadline). When it comes to older MCU movies, we can expect those to be pulled from Netflix as soon as contracts run out before being moved across to Disney Plus when it launches. In an earnings call with investors, Disney CEO Bob Iger clarified that 2019's Captain Marvel would be the first Disney movie exclusive to the service – and on November 6, it was confirmed that Avengers Endgame will be launching on November 12 when the service goes live, too, moving from a previous December date. Shortly before launch, too, Disney announced eight more Marvel movies on Disney Plus, including The Avengers. Disney Plus: Star Wars TV shows and films You may remember that Disney bought Star Wars back in 2012, meaning it now has the rights to the entire library of movies, as well as the ability to make original programming set in that universe. Expect plenty of Star Wars films and TV shows on Disney Plus as a result. It's not the only new Star Wars episodic content confirmed for Disney Plus, either. But you can check out exactly what films and TV series are hitting the service in our Disney Plus Star Wars guide. Fox own the rights to a huge amount of classic television, including The Simpsons, which will see every episode in its 30-year history come to the Disney Plus streaming service. They're likely to be saved for movies rather than TV shows, but either way, one day you're likely to see MCU projects based on both coming to Disney Plus. Disney Plus will also be getting a selection of animated '90s cartoon classics, like X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Spider-Man. The big Fox movie arriving on day one for Disney Plus is James Cameron's Avatar. Marvel and Star Wars might be the highlights, but the Disney Plus originals extend far beyond superheroes and space. An original Christmas film called Noelle also arrived with Disney Plus at launch, starring Anna Kendrick and Bill Hader. Disney Nature works both in documentary films and animation, and will also be bringing animated feature Penguins to the Disney Plus service. All of Disney Plus's original shows will roll out on a weekly basis, unlike services like Netflix and Amazon where every episode tends to drop at once. It's been confirmed that every Disney film ever made is destined for the service, so everything from Snow White to Frozen 2 should be available on Disney Plus at some point after launch. The Disney streaming service won't have content from outside of the Disney ecosystem, as far as we know. But, of course, Disney has plenty of content to draw from, especially with a slow drip of Fox movies and shows to come. It's pretty obvious, but the Marvel TV original series on Netflix won't be crossing over to the new Disney Plus service – as far as we know. Now that the service has launched, we can take a comprehensive look at the Disney Plus offering, and judge whether it's worth it. The launch line-up, with the first seven Star Wars movies and 16 of the 23 MCU films, does make it feel like the home of these beloved series. Check out the Star Wars movies on Disney Plus for a complete release schedule And that's saying a lot, by the way - the brand-new streaming service is only $6.99 per month as it is, and users can get a free trial for the first seven days. For context, the monthly cost of a standard HD Netflix subscription is $12.99 all by itself, so getting three big streaming services for exactly the same price is a very tempting offer. That includes Marvel movies, every episode of The Simpsons, National Geographic content, the live-action Star Wars series The Mandalorian, and a whole lot more we don't have time to dive into here.