Disney+ launches in an additional 42 countries and 11 territories in Europe, the Middle East and Africa this summer. Important new countries include South Africa, Turkey, Poland and the United Arab Emirates. The streaming service is currently available in 64 countries, including the US, Canada and the UK. Disney has not specified the exact dates the service will launch in these new countries and has not shared information on regional pricing, but will likely do so in the coming months.
The full list of new countries includes Albania, Algeria, Bahrain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania , Malta, Montenegro, Morocco, North Macedonia, Oman, Palestine, Poland, Qatar, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Vatican City and Yemen .
As for the new territories, the list includes the Faroe Islands, French Polynesia, French Southern Territories, St. Pierre and Miquelon Overseas Collective, Åland Islands, Sint Maarten, Svalbard & Jan Mayen, British Indian Ocean Territory, Gibraltar, Pitcairn Islands and St. Helena .
News of the expansion comes as Disney recently revealed that it plans to more than double the number of countries Disney+ is available in to over 160 by fiscal year 2023. The company plans to expand its direct-to-consumer streaming business into more global markets and create a new international content – and operations group to help with this work. The group will be led by nearly 25-year Disney veteran Rebecca Campbell, who will focus on local and regional content production for Disney’s streaming services, while overseeing Disney’s international team.
At the end of fiscal year 2021, Disney says it had 179 million total subscriptions across Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu. The company notes that Disney+ reached 118 million subscribers globally in the fourth quarter of 2021.
Disney+ launched in late 2019 and has spent the last couple of years competing with Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and several other streaming services. For context, Netflix and Amazon Prime Video are available globally, with a few exceptions. Netflix is not available in China, Crimea, North Korea or Syria, while Amazon Prime Video is not available in Mainland China, Iran, North Korea and Syria.