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Just under three weeks before the direct-to-consumer product becomes available in the UK, the Disney+ service will now be available from launch on the Sky Q platform and then on Sky’s NOW TV over-the-top offer.

DIsney 13Nov2019The Walt Disney Company confirmed a week ago that its hugely popular direct-to-consumer Disney+ service will launch in the UK on 24 March at a special introductory price of £49.99 a year, offering films and original TV shows in 4K UHD and HDR from the key parts of the Walt Disney library such as the Disney channel and TV studio, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic.

Launch content includes the first seven Star Wars movies—available for the first time in this format—along with Hocus Pocus; Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Toy Story 1–3; Lady and the Tramp, a live-action re-telling of the 1955 animated classic; Noelle, an original holiday comedy film starring Anna Kendrick; High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, the all-new scripted series set at the real-life East High featured in the blockbuster film franchise; The World According to Jeff Goldblum docu-series from National Geographic; Marvel’s Hero Project; The Imagineering Story, a six-part documentary from director Leslie Iwerks; short-form series Pixar IRL and Disney Family Sundays; and animated short film collections SparkShorts and Forky Asks A Question from Pixar Animation Studios.

The multi-year deal struck by the UK’s leading pay-TV firs and the House of Mouse includes the first-pay window for 20th Century titles so that Sky Cinema customers will continue to enjoy access to blockbusters such as Le Mans ’66 and Terminator: Dark Fate. The main draw though will inevitably be The Mandalorian, the first-ever live-action Star Wars series and which has broken all download records since being part of the direct-to-service service’s initial bundle.

Commenting on the new offer, Sky Group chief executive Jeremy Darroch said: “We’ve built a strong partnership with Disney over three decades and we’re pleased that our customers in the UK and Ireland can continue to enjoy their world-class content – all in one place on Sky Q. This is a great start to what is set to be another stellar year for Sky – in 2020 we’ll launch new channels and genres, start building Sky Studios Elstree and we’ve got brilliant new and returning originals coming too.”

Added Kevin Mayer, chairman of Walt Disney direct-to-consumer and international, “We are delighted that Sky is selling the Disney+ service on its platform and, along with our other distribution partners, will deliver exceptional reach at launch.”

Assessing what effect the deal will likely have on the industry, technology, media and telecoms analyst Paolo Pescatore of PP Foresight that the move by Sky reinforces desire to be a one stop shop for households but that ultimately, the arrival of another service further fragments the market for consumers.

“This deal suggests an exclusive deal for a UK provider is still up for grabs,” he noted. “Disney brings the most sought-after breath of premium programming for all genres [and] there’s a lot of excitement ahead of Disney+’s arrival. This will help drive awareness and initial subscriber adoption for the new video streaming service. Maintaining this will be a challenge…There are too many video streaming services chasing too [little revenue streams]. It is becoming more important to be able to access all of these and future services on one TV platform. Here lies the killer feature, universal access.”