Disney Plus to Expand to 42 New Countries This Summer
Variety reports that Summer 2022 will see the addition of a substantial number of markets to the reach of Disney Plus. The 42 markets are Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Bahrain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Montenegro, Morocco, North Macedonia, Oman, Palestine Territories, Poland, Qatar, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Vatican City and Yemen. The 11 territories are Denmark’s Faroe Islands, France’s French Polynesia, French Southern Territories and St. Pierre and Miquelon Overseas Collective, Finland’s Åland Islands, the Netherlands’ Sint Maarten, Norway’s Svalbard & Jan Mayen and the U.K.’s British Indian Ocean Territory, Gibraltar, Pitcairn Islands and St Helena. In addition, the streaming service is expected to arrive in Vietnam and the Philippines sometime this year.
Subscription pricing these new markets have not yet been revealed, but it can be expected that it will likely be slightly less expensive than some key competitors in order for Disney to continue to make headway as a global streaming service. Disney Plus has quickly become the “third pillar” of streaming, quickly closing the gap between streaming giants like Netflix and Amazon, although rising competitors like HBO Max and Paramount Plus demonstrate that it won’t be the only competitor vying for the attention of audiences around the world. Current subscription figures for Disney Plus put the service at 118 million subscribers, which still puts it head-and-shoulders above some of the newer competitors, but keeps it behind the two largest services as there’s still a large gap to cover. In any case, a rising tide lifts all boats, and it seems that many consumers are going to opt to accept streaming as a major model going forward.
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