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Disney+ streaming service launches in UK and Ireland amid lockdown and self-isolation

The service boasts original content as well as a large library of films and TV shows.

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Jeff Goldblum (Sela Shiloni)

Jeff Goldblum (Sela Shiloni)

Jeff Goldblum (Sela Shiloni)

Move over Netflix. Disney launches its long-anticipated streaming service in the UK an Ireland on Tuesday, as thousands of families stay at home amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Subscribers will have access to a library of content from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic – and will also be able to stream new original programming that is exclusive to the service.

It kicks off with over 500 films and 26 exclusive original movies and series as well as thousands of TV episodes.

Legendary series The Simpsons is also available on the service. More than 600 episodes across seasons 1 to 30 are available on-demand for launch with season 31 arriving later this year.

The Disney+ platform first launched in the US in November 2019 and is seen as the latest challenger to the likes of Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Apple TV+.

It costs for €6.99 monthly subscription, or €69.99 to sign up for a year.

Disney confirmed the launch date in January and it now comes as thousands of children in the UK and Ireland are at home after nurseries and schools officially closed - until March 29 in Ireland.

As the service launched today, Disney released a statement outlining how Covid-19 is affecting the launch.

“Due to the impact COVID-19 is having on all of us, we’ve had to close some of our Disney+ customer services centres and expect longer than normal wait times for live chat and phone support this week.

“For answers to common support questions, along with tips to navigate Disney+, visit our Disney+ Help Centre: https://help.disneyplus.com/csp

Here is a look at some of the original content to watch:

The Mandalorian

The Mandalorian (Disney/PA)

The Star Wars spin-off has been the biggest hit so far for the streaming service.

The story of a lone, helmeted gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy, played by Pedro Pascal, features the internet phenomenon nicknamed Baby Yoda.

The pint-sized green, big-eared creature has become a viral hit since the series aired in the US.

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series

The Mandalorian (Disney/PA)

After the success of the three High School Musical films, the show returns to East High, this time as a mockumentary series about a group of teenagers staging High School Musical: The Musical as their school play.

It stars Olivia Rodrigo as Nini Salazar-Roberts, who is cast as Gabriella Montez in the school show, while Joshua Bassett plays Ricky Bowen, who is cast as Troy Bolton.

Lady And The Tramp

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (Disney/PA)

Following in the footsteps of The Lion King and The Jungle Book, this re-telling of the 1955 animated classic uses photo-realistic animation.

The romantic story about a sheltered cocker spaniel and a downtown mutt features the voices of Tessa Thompson as Lady and Justin Theroux as Tramp.

The World According To Jeff Goldblum

Lady And The Tramp (Disney/PA)

The Hollywood star pulls back the curtain on seemingly familiar objects, including ice cream, tattoos and jewellery.

He also investigates the science and ideas behind cosmetics, swimming pools, trainers and denim.

Forky Asks A Question

Jeff Goldblum (Disney/PA)

The break-out character from Toy Story 4, voiced by Tony Hale, returns for his own series.

It will see him ask important questions about how the world works, such as what is love? What is time? And even – what is cheese?

Where to get Disney+?

You can subscribe directly or via in-app purchase from the following platforms and devices:

  • Via Sky Q box - log in and watch via the Apps page or ‘open Disney’ using voice remote.
  • Amazon (Fire TV devices, Fire TV Edition smart TVs, and Fire Tablets)
  • Apple (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple TV, and fully integrated with the Apple TV app in the UK and Germany; customers can subscribe to Disney+ via in-app purchase)
  • Google (Android phones, Android TV devices, Google Chromecast and Chromecast built-in devices)
  • LG Smart TVs with webOS
  • Microsoft (Xbox One)
  • Roku (Roku® streaming players and Roku TV™ models) in Ireland and the UK from today, and France from 7th April
  • Samsung Smart TVs
  • Sony / Sony Interactive Entertainment (Android-based Sony TVs and PlayStation®4)

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