The official Disney+ UK (and continental Europe) Twitter accounts posted something at 8am UTC+00 (London Time) and it is confirmation that Star is coming to the UK. The sizzle reel shows a lot more content headed our way, and some Hulu originals such as Love, Victor, coming to the service.
As you can see, the reel has a lot of great things coming to the service. People subscribed to Disney+'s marketing emails also received the following email, which details what the service wants to launch as its own Star Originals, such as Helstrom, as well as what library titles will be on the platform.
Finally, a home for LOST! I swear, that show bounced between streaming services just as much as the Island bounced between locations.
But, as you can see, the this new addition to the Disney+ platform is exactly what we've been waiting for: a comprehensive streaming service aimed at the whole family, adults included. The shows confirmed for the February 23 launch are:
Big Sky (Star Original)
How I Met Your Mother
The X Files
Love, Victor (Star Original)
Whilst that doesn't sound like a lot, the sizzle also showed Family Guy and I'm going to hazard a guess and say there's going to be a lot more. After all, they have confirmed 450 titles at launch.
Moving forward, I think this means a couple of things for the long-term viability of Hulu in the US and I'm working on an article with that particular subject in mind. I also think that this development doesn't exist in a vacuum; with Disney pulling all of its international channels from the market, they're gearing up to reclaim all of their original productions and just shoving them onto Star. I, for one, am really excited. Hopefully it means we get a next-day airing of some US shows in the very near future.
Let me know what you're most looking forward to from Star on Disney+!
If you haven't taken the plunge and got Disney+ yet, we're still running our giveaway for one year of Disney+ on us! Details in this post; winners announced on 14 January 2021 (one day before the premiere of WandaVision; one month before the price hike for the service!) so go on and enter - the more entries you have, the greater your chance of winning!
Until then, happy streaming!