Disney+ launches in UK but with reduced streaming quality

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by Josh Peachey

Disney's new streaming service has launched in the UK and other European countries today but with 25% lower bandwidth amid the coronavirus pandemic.

With many more people working from home during the government-forced lockdown, streaming platforms such as Netflix, BBC iPlayer, and now Disney+ are streaming at a reduced quality to help internet providers who are feeling the strain. 

Besides the UK, the service is now available in Ireland, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria and Switzerland. France will have a delayed debut with it coming online there from April 7th. 

Kevin Mayer, Chairman of Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer & International, said in a statement that "launching in seven markets simultaneously marks a new milestone for Disney+.“ 

“As the streaming home for Disney, Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars, and National Geographic, Disney+ delivers high-quality, optimistic storytelling that fans expect from our brands, now available broadly, conveniently, and permanently on Disney+. We humbly hope that this service can bring some much-needed moments of respite for families during these difficult times.”

In the UK, access to streaming of Disney shows and films will cost you £5.99 a month, or £59.99 for an annual subscription - pricing it competitively with the household rival in this space, Netflix.

Titles available at launch include live-action Star Wars series “The Mandalorian”; a live-action “Lady and the Tramp,” “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,”; “The World According to Jeff Goldblum” docuseries from National Geographic; “Marvel’s Hero Project,” which celebrates extraordinary kids making a difference in their communities; “Encore!,” executive produced by the multi-talented Kristen Bell; and many others.

The 600 or so episodes of “The Simpsons” is also included, with the latest season (season 31) coming later this year.