Article updated on 5 January 2021 to reflect newly announced titles for Star, and updated on 7 January to incorporate StarHub’s announcement that it is a Disney+ distributor.
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SINGAPORE – The Walt Disney Company announced earlier on 11 December that the highly anticipated streaming service, Disney+, will launch in Singapore on 23 February 2021, offering viewers of all ages to experience content from the company’s iconic brands including Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, as well as Star. Singapore is the first market globally to launch Disney+ with all six content brands.
Disney+ will offer an impressive selection of over 500 films and 15,000 episodes of content from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and Star all in one place. The streaming service will also be home to a growing selection of exclusive Disney+ Originals content and specials, including The Mandalorian, Marvel Studios’ WandaVision, Disney’s Lady and the Tramp, Disney and Pixar’s Forky Asks a Question, Hamilton and more.
The membership price for Disney+ will start at S$11.98 a month or S$119.98 a year. Consumers can subscribe to the service directly from the Disney+ website or the Disney+ app on Android and iOS devices.
On 7 January, StarHub announced that it will serve as an official distributor for Disney+ in Singapore, similar to how Netflix subscriptions are available through StarHub. However, StarHub will only announce more details about its Disney+ deals for customers closer to launch.
Of course, consumers can still subscribe to Disney+ directly without being a StarHub customer. But while Netflix struck deals to make its content available on both StarHub and Singtel TV, Yahoo Lifestyle SEA was told by a StarHub spokesperson that StarHub will be Disney+’s only cord-based distributor in Singapore.
“The Disney+ launch in Singapore will be the global day-and-date launch with general entertainment offering ‘Star’, which will be added alongside content from Disney, Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars and National Geographic. With this launch, we take another momentous step in staying committed to our promise of delivering powerful stories with heart to consumers. Streaming services have become an integral part of the daily lives for many consumers in Singapore, and we are dedicated to ensuring that Disney+ offers the best-in-class entertainment experience for all audiences,” said Amit Malhotra, Regional Lead, Emerging Markets; The Walt Disney Company APAC.
Disney+ gave more details on 5 January about the line-up for the newest brand Star, which is the studio’s international online home for “mature” content with additional parental controls.
Disney said the inclusion of Star will double the amount of content available to watch on Disney+, including shows and films from Disney Television Studios, FX, 20th Century Studios and 20th Television.
Star will host the Star Original series Big Sky, a thriller from David E. Kelley (Big Little Lies) that follows private detectives Cassie Dewell and Cody Hoyt as they join forces with his estranged wife and ex-cop, Jenny Hoyt, to search for two sisters who have been kidnapped by a truck driver on a remote highway in Montana. Katheryn Winnick, Kylie Bunbury, Brian Geraghty and Ryan Phillippe star.
A Disney spokesperson told Yahoo Lifestyle SEA that another Star Original series, gay teen drama Love, Victor, will be available in Singapore, but the debut date would be shared at a later time.
Also showing on the channel will be the Deadpool films, hit series 24, Lost, Desperate Housewives, How I Met Your Mother, Prison Break, The X-Files, Atlanta, Black-ish, and some of the Die Hard movies. Titles available on Star may be subject to local rights restrictions in different markets.
What Singaporean subscribers will enjoy in a nutshell:
Blockbuster films from Marvel Studios including Avengers: Endgame, Avengers: InfinityWar, Captain Marvel, Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther, Avengers: Age of Ultron,and more
All 12 Star Wars movies including Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The LastJedi and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Access to iconic Disney movie classics, including Original Animations and live-actionremakes like Mulan, The Lion King, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, as well as Frozen 2and more
Heartwarming and powerful storytelling from Pixar Animation Studios, featuring films likeSoul, Onward, Toy Story 4, The Incredibles 2, Finding Dory, and more
Educational content from National Geographic including Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted,The Right Stuff, and The World According to Jeff Goldblum
A specially curated Star content selection including hits from iconic movie franchises likeDeadpool, How I Met Your Mother, Helstrom, Family Guy, 9-1-1 and more
Other international movies from the X-Men franchise and all five films from the “HomeAlone” franchise, and well-loved series like The Simpsons
Disney+ Originals and exclusives like WandaVision, The Mandalorian, The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse, Forky Asks a Question, Lady and the Tramp, Secret Society of Second-Born Royals, Hamilton