International launch set for Disney+ streaming service

Offering film and TV entertainment including its "Star Wars" and Marvel franchises as well as its ABC content and an extensive library acquired from 21st Century Fox, Disney+ hopes to be a major challenger to Netflix. (Supplied: Disney)
Updated 19 August 2019

International launch set for Disney+ streaming service

  • It will launch in Canada, Netherlands, and the US on November 12, and in Australia and New Zealand a week later
  • Disney+ will launch at a subscription price of $6.99 monthly in the US

SAN FRANCISCO: The Walt Disney Company said on Monday its streaming television service will debut in November in the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the Netherlands.

Offering film and TV entertainment including its "Star Wars" and Marvel franchises as well as its ABC content and an extensive library acquired from 21st Century Fox, Disney+ hopes to be a major challenger to Netflix.

It will launch in Canada, Netherlands, and the US on November 12, and in Australia and New Zealand a week later, the company said, and is expected to expand to most major markets within the following two years.

The entertainment giant also announced deals for Disney+ to be available on Apple, Google, Microsoft, Roku and Sony internet-linked devices.

Chief executive Bob Iger said during a recent earnings call the company would take advantage of its control of Hulu to bundle an ad-supported version of the streaming television service with Disney+ and ESPN in the US for a monthly subscription price of $12.99.

Iger said Disney was "focused on leveraging Fox's vast library of great titles... for example reimagining 'Home Alone,' 'Night at the Museum,' 'Cheaper by the Dozen,' and 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' for a new generation on Disney+."

Former Fox superhero movie franchises including "X-Men," "Fantastic 4" and "Deadpool" will now come under the Marvel umbrella, Iger said, adding that parent company Disney sees "great long-term value" in the titles.

The increasingly competitive TV streaming marketplace will soon feature HBO Max, Apple and NBCUniversal platforms as well as Netflix and Amazon Prime.

Disney+ will launch at a subscription price of $6.99 monthly in the US.


COVID-19 pandemic highlights importance of media role: Jordanian minister

Updated 22 November 2020

COVID-19 pandemic highlights importance of media role: Jordanian minister

  • Different media tools have helped people around the world complete work and continue their lives

DUBAI: The coronavirus pandemic has demonstrated the importance of investing in the development of the media and communication sector, which is as an important tool to serve society, Jordan’s media minister said.

Ali Al-Ayed, the Minister of State for Media Affairs and the official spokesperson for the Jordanian government, stressed that the pandemic highlighted the need for alternative modes of communication, state news agency Petra reported. 

Different media tools have helped people around the world complete work and continue their “lives under these exceptional circumstances,” Ayed said during a virtual session on the “Future of Media” conference organized by the Egyptian Ministry of State for Information.

Ali Al-Ayed, the Minister of State for Media Affairs and the official spokesperson for the Jordanian government. (Petra)

Ayed pointed to the great development brought about by social media and modern media tools during the past decade, stressing that they have become the primary source and platforms of exchange of information among individuals.

Ayed however warned of the dangers of social media and the threat of spreading rumors and false information in many Arab societies, which have limited levels of education and media culture.

Ayed stressed the importance of raising awareness, knowledge and correct culture in how to deal with these social problems.

“We are confident that the media, technical and information development during the coming years will lead us to more than we expect,” he said.

“What must be emphasized is the need for us to cooperate and join hands together in order to employ this development in the service of humanity,” he added.