When is Star coming to Disney Plus?
Starting February 23, Disney + subscribers will have access to Star, a new channel hosting a huge range of movies and TV series from Disney Creative Studios including Disney TV Studios, FX, 20th Century Studios and Moreover. This more than doubles the amount of content on the app.
Star won’t require any additional fees – it will automatically be available to existing subscribers, sitting alongside existing Disney + channels (Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic).
As Star will offer more “mature content” that doesn’t fit into the family-friendly Disney hub, it will offer increased parental controls. Users will now be able to set content access limits for profiles based on the age of the content and add a PIN code to lock profiles (see below).
Star will kick off with a new original series (like Big Sky, a thriller from the team behind Big Little Lies), small screen classics (Desperate Housewives, Lost and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, to name a few. ) and a new catalog of films in all genres.
Read more: What to expect from the new Star Channel
How can I watch movies and TV shows on Disney Plus?
Subscribers can stream all platform content through the Disney + app (Android and iOS compatible, including tablets), most smart TVs, Roku, Chromecast and game consoles (PS4 and Xbox), with the notable exception of the Nintendo Switch (which is not compatible with streaming services).
How to activate parental controls on Disney Plus
With the launch of Star on February 23, you can set additional parental controls to limit your child’s viewing to family content.
You can set a content rating of 6+, 9+, 12+, 14+, or 18+ on each of your Disney + profiles to make sure your kids are avoiding adult-oriented shows. On each profile, the Disney + home screen will only display content suitable for the designated age limit. You can also assign a 4-digit PIN code to each profile, so your kids can’t access any content rated 14+ or 18+ without your knowledge.
Read more: The best movies and TV shows on Disney + UK
How to watch Disney + with friends using GroupWatch
The new Disney + feature, GroupWatch, is a real-time shared viewing experience that means you can watch the entire Disney + library with friends and family, wherever they are.
To host a live stream, simply select the GroupWatch icon (which looks like three people), select the “Invite” button, and share the invite link with up to six people.
Are the Simpsons on Disney Plus UK?
Many potential Disney + customers spent months wondering if The Simpsons would be available to UK subscribers, as it is in the US, as UK promotional activity was visibly Simpsons-free.
Fortunately, Sky and Disney + have confirmed that The Simpsons will be available on Disney + UK right before the new service launches. The Simpsons will remain on Sky, “co-exclusively” for the new seasons, but its back catalog is now available on Disney + UK. You can watch and download every episode from season one to thirty today.
Disney + UK has also signed an exclusive deal to sell the streaming service via Sky Q set-top boxes.
Read more: The 25 Best Simpsons Episodes To Watch On Disney +
Can you still get a free trial of Disney +?
Free trials for Disney + have been a ‘once upon a time’ thing since late June 2020, despite a massive seven-day trial surge when the streaming service launched.
They were pulled right before Hamilton’s release, in fact, suggesting that the company will avoid offering free trials around major releases, if they ever do so again.
Will Disney TV series and movies still be available on Netflix?
We are unlikely to see much of Disney on Netflix anymore, as Disney decided not to renew its deal with Netflix after the launch of Disney +. The choice marked a big win for the future of Disney + and an undeniable loss for Netflix – the best movies of 2016, 2017, and 2018 were all Disney movies, and Netflix gained a lot of subscribers as a way to stream them.
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