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Disney Plus to roll out to more countries this summer

The streamer will launch in South Africa on May 18 and in more than 50 other countries later in the season.

The streamer will launch in South Africa on May 18 and in more than 50 other countries later in the season.

The home screen of the Walt Disney Company's flagship streaming televisions ervice Disney Plus.
The home screen of the Walt Disney Company’s flagship streaming televisions ervice Disney Plus. (Image courtesy the Walt Disney Company, Graphic by The Desk)

The Walt Disney Company says its flagship Disney Plus streaming service is slated to launch in nearly five dozen more countries and territories later this summer.

The service, which offers hundreds of movies and TV shows from the Walt Disney library and subsidiary studios, will debut in South Africa on May 18 at a cost of R $119 (about US $8.10) per month.

Disney Plus will roll out to viewers in Iraq, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Estonia, Greece, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Poland, Turkey and other countries between June 8 and June 16, the company said.

“Users will have access to high-quality viewing, up to four concurrent streams, unlimited downloads on up to ten devices, IMAX Enhanced for selected titles…and the ability to set up to seven different profiles, including the ability for parents to set Kids Profiles that have an easy-to-navigate child-friendly interface to access age-appropriate content,” a Disney spokesperson said in a press release on Thursday.

Disney Plus gives users access to a vast catalog of Walt Disney films as well as movies and television shows from the Star Wars, Pixar, Marvel and National Geographic brands. In many countries, Disney Plus also offers non-mature adult-oriented programming from 21st Century Fox, including the hit animated sitcom “The Simpsons.”

The full list of countries where Disney Plus will debut follows below:

May 18

  • South Africa

June 8

  • Algeria
  • Bahrain
  • Egypt
  • Iraq
  • Jordan
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Oman
  • Palestine Territories
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Tunisia
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Yemen

June 14

  • Aland Islands (Finland)
  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • British Indian Ocean Territory (United Kingdom)
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Estonia
  • Faroe Islands (Denmark)
  • French Polynesia (France)
  • French Southern Territories (France)
  • Gibraltar (United Kingdom)
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Kosovo
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Malta
  • Montenegro
  • North Macedonia
  • Pit Caim Islands (United Kingdom)
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Saint Helena (United Kingdom)
  • Saint Pierre and Miquelon (France)
  • Serbia
  • Sint Maarten (Netherlands)
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Svalbard & Jan Mayen (Norway)
  • Turkey
  • Vatican City

June 16

  • Israel

In the United States, Disney Plus costs $8 a month or $80 a year for a single subscription. A bundle with Disney’s other streaming services, Hulu and ESPN Plus, is also available.

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