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1 October 2020

What is Disney Plus?

Disney Plus is the newest streaming service to hit the UK, and offers a range of content to challenge the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime Video
Hamse Yusuf

Disney Plus lands in the UK this year and brings with it a wealth of content.

But with so many streaming services to choose from, prices can mount up. We look at what to expect from the new channel, and help you decide whether to take the plunge.

What is Disney Plus?

Disney Plus is the latest member of the increasingly crowded TV streaming market and is going up against heavyweights such as Amazon Prime Video and Netflix. Disney is hoping that its large library of wide-ranging content from ‘The Simpsons’ to ‘The Avengers’ will entice people to sign up.

Is Disney Plus the same as DisneyLife?

DisneyLife was its previous streaming platform and hosted lots of Disney movies and films (but not Marvel, Star Wars or National Geographic content). DisneyLife will cease to exist and will be replaced with DisneyPlus so existing customers will be moved over to the new platform once it has launched.

When is Disney Plus coming out in the UK?

Disney Plus is scheduled to launch on 24 March 2020 in the UK and other European countries such as Germany and France. The streaming service has been available for subscribers in the US and Canada since November 2019.

What's on Disney Plus?

Disney Plus claims to have more than 1,000 movies and TV series available, and has content ranging from:

  • Disney animated classics, such as ‘The Jungle Book’, ‘Lion King’ and ‘Mulan’
  • Films and original TV shows from Marvel, including ‘The Avengers’ and ‘Wandavision’
  • Original and back-catalogue content from the ‘Star Wars’ universe, including ‘The Mandalorian’, a Disney Plus exclusive
  • National Geographic content, including ‘Wicked Tuna’ and ‘Brain Games’
  • Pixar films, including ‘The Incredibles’ and ‘Toy Story’.

How much is Disney Plus?

Disney Plus will cost £5.99 per month or £59.99 a year. There is a seven-day free trial offered so you can try it out before deciding to subscribe.

Until 23 March, Disney Plus has a pre-sale offer taking £10 off the yearly price to £49.99, which is equivalent to £4.17 a month.

See how the cost of Disney Plus stacks up against other popular options using our comparison of TV streaming services.

How can I watch Disney Plus?

The Disney Plus app is available to download and enjoy on a range of devices, including: 

  • Amazon Fire Tablet
  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Android
  • Apple TV
  • Chromecast
  • iOS
  • PS4
  • Roku
  • Web browsers
  • Xbox One

Can I watch Disney Plus on my Smart TV?

Disney has also announced that Android, LG and Samsung smart TVs will also be able to access Disney Plus through bespoke apps.

How many people can watch Disney Plus at the same time?

Disney Plus allows for up to four streams at the same time as well as the ability to set up to seven different profiles per account.

Can you download Disney Plus content to watch offline?

Disney Plus subscribers are able to download as much content as they like for up to 10 devices with no limit on how long the download can stay on your device. There will likely be a requirement to go online after a fixed amount to revalidate the downloads, but nothing has been confirmed so far.

Does 4K cost more on Disney Plus?

Disney Plus has said that 4K and HDR will be included in a Disney+ subscription as standard. Outside of its original Disney Plus content, Disney Plus allows you to watch all of the ‘Star Wars’ films and all the classic Disney animation films, from ‘The Little Mermaid’ onwards, in glorious Ultra HD.