Disney+ officially launches, announces new episode schedule

by Brittani Tuttle

Disney’s new direct-to-consumer streaming service, Disney+, officially launched today for fans in the United States, Canada, and the Netherlands – and fans everywhere are parking on their couches for some magical binge-watching.


The service hosts nearly 500 films and 7,500 episodes of television from Disney, Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar, National Geographic, and more, including new, original content made exclusively for the platform.

“The launch of Disney+ is a historic moment for our company that marks a new era of innovation and creativity,” said Bob Iger, chairman and chief executive officer of The Walt Disney Company. “Disney+ provides an exceptional entertainment experience, showcasing our library of beloved movies, TV series, and exclusive original content from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic.

Disney+ exclusives include “The Mandalorian,” the first-ever live-action Star Wars series; “Lady and the Tramp,” a live-action retelling of the 1955 animated film; “Noelle,” an original holiday comedy starring Anna Kendrick and Bill Hader; “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,” an all-new scripted series set at the real-life East High from the original film franchise; “The World According to Jeff Goldblum,” a docu-series from National Geographic; “Marvel’s Hero Project,” which showcases kids making a difference in their communities; “Encore!,” hosted and executive produced by Kristen Bell; “The Imagineering Story” six-part documentary from Emmy and Academy Award-nominated director Leslie Iwerks; short-form series “Pixar IRL” and “Disney Family Sundays”; an animated short film collection called “SparkShorts,” and “Forky Asks a Question” from Pixar Animation Studios.

Starting Nov. 15, most new episodes of each Disney+ Original series will premiere on Fridays at 12:01 a.m. Pacific. Viewers can watch Disney+ on the following platforms and devices:

  • All Android-based Sony TVs and PlayStation 4
  • Amazon Fire (Fire TV devices, Fire TV Smart TVs, and Fire Tablets)
  • Apple iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Apple TV
  • Android phones and Android TV devices
  • Google Chromecast and Chromecast built-in devices
  • LG Smart TVs with webOS
  • Roku streaming players and Roku TV models
  • Samsung Smart TVs
  • Xbox One

Disney+ currently costs $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year. Subscribers can also opt for the Disney+ bundle, which includes ESPN+ and ad-supported Hulu for $12.99 per month. To learn more about signing up, visit DisneyPlus.com.

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