Great News! The Walt Disney Company has set the 18th of May 2022 as the launch date of Disney+ in South Africa. South African pricing will be R119 per month (or R1,190 for an annual subscription).
This is actually much earlier than anticipated. Last year the company announced that it would only launch in 42 new countries “this summer” (winter in the Southern hemisphere) between the 21st June and 22nd of September 2022.
Disney+ will include access to the Star content hub
It was previously confirmed that its Disney+ service in South Africa would include the Star content hub when it launches. The Star content hub features TV shows and movies aimed at adult audiences instead of the more family-oriented and franchise-based content elsewhere on Disney+.
The Star content hub is populated with programming drawn from the company’s subsidiaries such as FX, Freeform, Hulu, ABC Signature, 20th Television, 20th Century Studios, Searchlight Pictures, Touchstone Pictures and Hollywood Pictures.
In the UK, this includes shows like Alias, Blackish, Bones, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Grey’s Anatomy, Prison Break, The X-Files, 24 and Firefly. Films on the Star hub include Braveheart, Deadpool 2, Good Morning Vietnam, Independence Day, Moulin Rouge, Planet of the Apes, Pretty Woman and Starship Troopers.
What you can expect from Disney+
The streaming service has exclusive original content and thousands of episodes and movies from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic and general entertainment from Star. It’s the streaming home for some of the world’s most beloved stories.
Subscribers will have access to Star Wars: The Book of Boba Fett and The Mandalorian from executive producer and writer Jon Favreau. It will also include the Marvel Studios’ series Moon Knight (starring Oscar Isaac as Steven Grant). Academy Award-nominated Shang-Chi and the Legend of The Ten Rings starring Simu Liu and Awkwafina will also be available at launch.
Check out the trailer for Marvel Studios’ Moon Knight below:
More info about Disney+
It’s one of the youngest and the third biggest on-demand video streaming service in the world (behind Netflix and Amazon Prime Video). The streaming service has an 129.8 million subscribers in North America, South America, Northern and Western Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. Not bad for a company that only entered the streaming market in November 2019. Netflix has +/- 221 million subscribers and Amazon Prime Video has +/- 175 million subscribers. Both of these streaming services are available in more countries than Disney+.
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