In February, the streaming service Disney + plans to expand its portfolio. “Star” is planned as an integrated offer specifically aimed at adults. Here you will find all information about the start, announced content and price.
Disney + launched in the US in November 2019 and worldwide in early 2020. This makes the streaming service one of the youngest on the market and compared to established brands such as Netflix or Amazon Prime Video, the range is much smaller. Disney + would like to change this and is adding an essential component to its content. With “Star”, the streaming service, which was previously geared towards family entertainment, is now to include content exclusively for older audiences. But what exactly does that mean, when can we expect a “star” and what will it cost?
Price and start date
Rumors of a corresponding expansion have been brewing almost since Disney + was launched. An offer that was only aimed at “the whole family” seemed too limited. The Disney group is of course primarily known for its films for children and young people. With increasingly dark Marvel films and the purchase of “20th Century Studios”, the parent company was already moving more towards adult entertainment. The same step with the in-house streaming service only seems logical.
Now for the facts. The start date is also on the star page , which has since gone online : February 23, 2021. The date definitely applies to Disney + UK, but most likely also to Germany. Overall, Disney is talking about doubling the amount of content it offers in this way. Of course, this also costs the user something. In the USA, the price is expected to rise by one dollar to a total of 8 US dollars per month; in Europe, 9 euros will be due in the future instead of the previous 7 euros. Star is not an optional offer, but should be an integral part of the Disney + portfolio.
Previously known content for Disney + Star
After only a few highlights were known so far, Disney has now announced all of the content for Star. These are available from the start of the new area. There are over 300 new items on the list, including 50 series and loads of films.
Here is the full list of all the star series:
Well-known series such as “Lost”, “Desperate Housewives”, “Prison Break”, “The X Files” or “How I Met Your Mother” can be seen on Disney + from the end of February. But also some in-house productions for the new area are on the list. Overall, the production rate of exclusives for the streaming service is to increase. This applies to the previous section of Disney + – more on this in our annual preview – but also to Disney + Star. Known so far include the drama “Big Star” by “Big Little Lies” maker David Kelley and the series “Love, Victor”, a spin-off of the film “Love, Simon”. The latter first ran on Hulu in June 2020 and comes exclusively to Disney + Star in February.
Here is the full list of films:
New parental controls
Also on February 23, with the launch of Disney + Star, a new parental controls option is coming. In conjunction with the new Parents section, this is intended to provide the option of regulating access to the content of different age ratings for individual profiles. In the future, individual profiles can be secured with a PIN, as can the star tile per se.