Now that we know South Africa is getting the Disney+ treatment next year, locals can finally look forward to accessing the production house’s content (legally). This month the Walt Disney Company Africa announced its streaming service is coming to SA in 2022, and now it’s revealed this will include its Star service.
The Star service includes a catalogue of adult-aimed content from a variety of third-party production houses. This includes content from Disney subsidiaries including FX, Freeform, Hulu, ABC Signature, 20th Television, 20th Century Studios, Searchlight Pictures, Touchstone Pictures and Hollywood Pictures.
Of course, we can assume that current distribution contracts with the likes of Multichoice may impact what content becomes available come the mid-2022 launch of the service in SA.
Star’s launch in SA will bring with it some age-old favourites. In the UK, for example, subscribers have access to shows like Alias, Blackish, Bones, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Grey’s Anatomy, Prison Break, The X-Files, 24, and the cult classic space-cowboy adventure series Firefly — this is according to MyBroadband.
It’ll also include a large catalogue of films, including Braveheart, Deadpool 2, Independence Day, Planet of the Apes and Starship Troopers, for example.
Disney+ in Africa
“As confirmed in The Walt Disney Company’s Q3 earnings call, Disney+ will launch in South Africa in winter 2022. We will share more details as we approach the launch next year,” the company told News24. This follows the company’s Q3 2021 earnings call, after which it revealed the service will become available in other territories.
Disney+ launched in late 2019 and has since diverted all of its original content away from other streaming services to its own. Currently, you won’t find much Marvel or Disney content on services like Netflix or Amazon Prime video, as it’s all been funnelled to Disney+.