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Starting February 23, some Disney Plus subscribers outside the United States will gain a new channel, called Star, that features Disney’s adult-oriented movies and shows. Disney Plus launched as a family-friendly streaming service in November 2020 and until now all of its programming has been rated for kids age 13 and below.
However, Disney has a large library of R-rated films and shows for older audiences thanks to its acquisition of 21st Century Fox and ABC’s steady stream of primetime dramas. That collection includes popular shows like “Family Guy,” “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” as well as blockbuster movies like “Deadpool” and “Die Hard.” Viewers in the US can already stream most of that catalog on Hulu, but Hulu isn’t available outside of the US and Japan.
Disney Plus subscribers in the US won’t have to worry about any of the changes coming to the streaming service, but as a new Disney entertainment brand, Star could become a household name in international markets. In January, Disney said it had more than 146 million subscribers spread across its different streaming services, including 94.9 million Disney Plus members. Star will help the company continue to expand its streaming options overseas.
What is Star on Disney Plus?
Star is a new entertainment brand geared toward older viewers rather than just kids and families. It will bring Disney-owned movies and shows from ABC, FX, Fox, and ESPN to Disney Plus subscribers outside of the US.
Star will launch as a channel within the Disney Plus app, but Disney also plans to make a separate streaming service called Star Plus in Latin America.
When does Star launch on Disney Plus and where is it available?
Star will be available on February 23 for Disney Plus subscribers in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland and certain parts of Europe. Disney says it plans to bring the service to Eastern Europe, South Korea, Japan, and Hong Kong later in 2021.
For Latin American viewers, Disney plans to launch a separate streaming service called Star Plus in June 2021. Star Plus will also include live sports content from ESPN, and can be bundled with Disney Plus for a discount.
Is Star content available on Disney Plus in the US?
The Star section of Disney Plus will not be available to US subscribers, but a lot of the content included through Star is already streaming on Hulu.
Hulu will continue to offer Disney-owned movies and shows for older viewers in the US, while Star will be its entertainment brand for older viewers outside of the US.
How much does Star cost with Disney Plus?
Star is included with the standard price of Disney Plus, but that price will go …read more
Source:: Business Insider