Disney Plus is changing very soon here in the UK. That is due to the addition of Star, a brand-new section on the streaming platform that will bring more mature content from US streaming service Hulu to the library.
We’ve rounded up everything you need to know about Star, including an overview of what it is, when it is launching, the change in cost to your Disney+ subscription, what shows and movies will be on Star and more.
When will Star be available in the UK?
Star will be added to the Disney+ library on 23 February 2021.
What is Star on Disney+?
To put it simply, Star is the international equivalent of Hulu. It will be the home of more mature content from Disney Properties such as ABC, FX, Freeform, Searchlight, 20th Century Studios and 20th Television. However, unlike Hulu, it will be a section on the Disney Plus website, rather than a standalone streaming service.
It will sit as a ‘brand’ on the platform, alongside Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star War and National Geographic.
Disney had initially discussed Hulu expanding outside of America as its own service. However, CEO Bob Chapek made an announcement back in May 2020 that those plans had changed as Hulu had no brand awareness outside of the USA (via whatsondisneyplus.com).
Going under the Star brand made a lot more sense as it already had a presence in other international markets in Asia, where it was known as Star Network (made up of Star India, Hotstar, and Fox Star Studios). Disney acquired the brand in 2019 as part of the Fox acquisition for $71 billion.
Now that Star is on Disney+, you will be able to tune into popular programmes such as Lost and Atlanta, and films such as the Die-Hard franchise. In addition, there is a slate of original shows and films planned for the brand.
Will having Star increase the cost of Disney Plus?
In short, yes. Disney Plus subscriptions will be changing from 23 February 2021 for all new subscribers. Fortunately, existing account holders won’t have their prices rise until 23 August 2021.
The monthly prices will change from £5.99 per month to £7.99 per month, and annual subscriptions will rise from £59.99 to £79.90.
If you haven’t yet subscribed to Disney Plus and want to avoid the first price rise, be sure to sign up before 23 February 2021 over on the Disney+ website.
If you’re an existing subscriber, you can keep costs down by upgrading to an annual plan before 23 August 2021.
Sadly, if you are simply happy with Disney+ family friendly content, there is no way to opt out of having Star to keep your prices the same.
How do I download Star?
You won’t need to worry about manually downloading Star to Disney Plus, as the service will be added automatically on 23 February, providing you’re connected to the internet.
What countries will get Star on Disney+?
The countries confirmed to get the new Star section added to Disney Plus on 23 February are the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and other select countries in Western Europe.
Disney+ will also launch for the first time (with Star on the library) in Singapore, Eastern Europe, South Korea, Japan, and Hong Kong throughout 2021.
What popular films and movies will be on Star?
According to the Disney website, the brand will launch with around 450 shows and movies. Disney states that by the end of the year, this will increase to around 1000 titles.
Here’s some of the biggest series available to stream when Star releases:
How I Met Your Mother
Movies wise, here’s some of the biggest titles we’ve seen in official press releases and presentations from Disney:
The Die Hard movie franchise
The Planet Of The Apes franchise
The Kingsman movie franchise
The Devil Wears Prada
Terminator: Dark Fate
The Shape of Water
Disney also released a graphic with some more titles coming to the platform – you can see it in the tweet below:
Our. Biggest. Content. Drop. Ever. 🤩
Introducing STAR, a whole new world of entertainment coming to Disney+ on 23rd February ⭐️
What are you looking forward to most?👇 #StaronDisneyPlus pic.twitter.com/ypPBYaxoPX
— Disney+ UK (@DisneyPlusUK)
January 28, 2021
We imagine that some content may vary by region depending on the streaming rights and contracts of each country. If a certain film or series is not on your version of Disney Plus, you can always tune into another country’s version through using a VPN.
Find out more in our article on how to watch Disney Plus US in the UK – the same method can be applied to any other country.
What originals will be on Star?
Most original programming on Star will be shows and films that have already aired exclusively on ABC/Hulu, but nowhere else outside of the US.
Star will be releasing 35 original titles by the end of this year, and there are two originals available from launch. These are:
Big Sky – Big Sky is a seven-episode thriller series following private detective duo Cassie Dewell (Kylie Bunbury) and Cody Hoyt (Ryan Phillippe) who must work together with Cody’s estranged wife and ex-cop, Jenny Hoyt (Katheryn Winnick) to solve a kidnapping case that turns out to be something a lot more sinister.
Love, Victor – This is a ten-episode series follow-up to the 2018 rom-com Love, Simon. Victor (Michael Cimino) is a new student at Creekwood High School who is coming to terms with his personal life, as well as his sexual orientation.
Can I turn off Star content on Disney+?
Yes – you will be able to toggle Star programming on the Disney Plus library using parental controls, which will set limits on profiles on accounts and add PINs to access mature content. These features will roll out on the same day that Star launches, 23 February 2020.