Disney will launch its new Disney + streaming service in France on Tuesday April 7 after initially abandoning plans for March 23 at the request of the French government to avoid straining the country’s Internet system during the lockdown of Covid-19 .
French viewers will be able to access the new SVOD channel via a dedicated Disney + application, through which the content can be viewed on smartphones, tablets and connected TVs, or as part of a subscription with the local giant Pay TV Canal +, which has an exclusive agreement with Disney to bring the new service to France.
Canal + announced Monday April 6 that it would celebrate the arrival of Disney + as part of its offer with free “exceptional” screenings of the first episode of the Star Wars spin-off The Mandalorian as well as a special production program throughout the day of April 7.
One of the most prestigious original series ordered for the new platform, The Mandalorian should be a big draw for potential subscribers, even if it’s already available in the United States.
Canal + has announced that it will also broadcast a special program of new Disney titles for its subscribers on April 6 and 7, including the pay TV premieres of The Lion King, Toy story 2, Aladdin, The Nutcracker and the Four and Christopher Robin.
The parent company, the Canal Plus Group is positioned as one of the main content aggregators of the best streaming services entering France.
Last year, it signed a similar exclusive deal with Netflix under which the giants SVoD service is included in some of its pay TV packages.
Canal + subscriptions range from $ 21.50 (€ 19.90) per month for a basic package to $ 97 (€ 89.99) for all of its content, including premium cinema outings and sporting events.
The population of 66 million in France has been under control for 15 days since March 17, which will continue until April 15 at least and is expected to be extended.
This has caused an increase in internet use, as people work at home and children study online. In a silver lining for Disney, the delayed launch of Disney + in France coincides with the country’s Easter school holidays which started for most students on April 3.