Will Disney+ Launch In The Middle East?

By Sarah Garden
04 February 2020
Disney+, Streaming, Movies, TV, Netflix
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Everyone's talking about it, and we have FOMO

If you haven’t been living off-grid without internet access for the last few days, you’ll know that the Super Bowl happened. And if you know anything about Super Bowl, you’ll know that the advertising is probably more exciting than the game.

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One of the most talked about pieces of advertising (according to our unscientific sweep of Twitter), is the latest Marvel trailers released by Disney+. The brand new streaming service launched in the US on November 12, and is set to be rolled out in much of Europe on March 24.

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But what about the Middle East?

In the UAE a lot of Disney-owned titles are currently under an OSN subscription, so they may be waiting for more of that content to be released. Also, if we’re judging by past experience with Netflix it may take time… Netflix launched in the US in 2007, but it took a further nine years to arrive in the UAE.

We’ve got good news and bad news. We’ll start with the bad news: there is no official launch date in the Middle East. As for the good news: according to Screen Rant, Disney+ will roll our globally at the end of 2021.

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Every month more content is being added – both new titles and favourites from the back catalogue. However, only time will tell what the geographical restrictions will be. Usually content is under different licensing deals in different countries, so Disney+ could look very different in the UAE to the US, when the time comes.

Having said that, if Netflix is anything to go by, it’ll be well worth the subscription fee in a few years time. Maybe holding out for a few years isn’t so bad after all.