Late last year, the Disney Investor’s Day unloaded a deluge of major Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar and Disney announcements, including tons of fresh content coming to the Disney+ streaming service – but the other big announcement which perhaps got lost in the shuffle is that Disney+ is adding a whole new content arm. In the UK, as well as other non-US territories, subscribers will be getting access to ‘Star’, showcasing more mature content including series and movies from the 20th Century Fox, ABC and FX brands. Now, Disney has confirmed when exactly Star will launch, and what will be available when it does.
From 23 February, the arrival of Star will bring with it the likes of Lost, 24, Desperate Housewives, How I Met Your Mother, Prison Break, The X-Files, Atlanta, and Black-ish – as well as “a selection of titles” from the Die Hard franchise on the movies side. The brand will also finally bring Love Simon spin-off series Love Victor (which streamed on the Disney-owned Hulu in the US) to UK screens. It will also be the home of Big Sky, a detective series from Big Little Lies creator David E. Kelley. Beyond this initial offering of titles, Disney says there are “hundreds yet to be announced” – and has confirmed that parental controls will be introduced to keep kids’ and adults’ content offerings separate.
Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks on what the launch of Star will bring – but for now, UK subscribers can look forward to getting much more from Disney+ in the near future. The bad news? It means a small price hike to new subscribers, with the monthly rate increasing to £7.99, and the annual fee going up to £79.90. Meanwhile, Marvel’s WandaVision series is due to debut on Disney+ from Friday 15 January, followed later in the year by The Falcon And The Winter Soldier and Loki. And while The Mandalorian Season 2 has finished, the likes of Andor and The Book Of Boba Fett are currently in the works for Disney+ in the Star Wars universe.
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