The Walt Disney Company’s Disney+ has today (March 24) made its debut in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria, and Switzerland.
German pay-TV broadcaster Sky Deutschland will only be able to offer Disney+ as an app on its Sky Q platform from April 2021.
Disney+, which will launch in many European countries on March 24, 2020, has a user experience equal to Amazon Prime Video, but still clearly lags behind industry leader Netflix.
Customers to the O2 mobile network will be able to enjoy Disney+ free for a period of six months.
Deutsche Telekom will be the exclusive distribution partner of Disney+ in Germany and offer the streaming service for free for six months to its customers.
Disney+ will make its debut on Movistar’s Fusíon packages in Spain on March 24.
Vodafone has written to the Spanish regulator CNMC objecting to the agreement reached between Disney+ and Telefónica.
With the headwind from its US launch, promising buzz through marketing and previews, Disney+ will most likely see a positive start in the German market.
The Walt Disney Company Italia and TIM have reached a multi-year agreement for the latter to become the exclusive wholesale distributor of Disney+ in Italy through TIMVision.
The Walt Disney Company Iberia and Telefónica have announced Movistar as the Strategic Distributor’ for Disney+ when the streamer goes live in Spain.