Disney Inks Deal With Spain’s Telefónica, Disney Plus to Launch on Movistar Plus
Baby Yoda is coming to Spain, thanks to Telefónica. According to Variety, Disney just signed yet another multi-year distribution deal. This time it’s with the Spanish telecom company, which will see Disney+ launch on Movistar when it debuts in the country on March 24.
“We’re delighted to have Telefónica on board for the launch of Disney Plus. This marks an exciting new era of entertainment featuring premium content across our portfolio of brands, and we can’t wait for Movistar customers to experience it,” said Jan Koeppen, president, The Walt Disney Company EMEA.
“The alliance builds on years of close collaboration between Disney and Telefónica, which has seen the creation of a Movistar Disney channel, pop-up Movistar-Disney-Pixar services, and current carriage, also available in catch-up and VOD, of an HD Disney Channel, and Disney XD and Disney Junior channels, which will now be subsumed in the Disney Plus offer,” Variety reports.
The alliance with Telefónica comes days after it was announced that Disney has signed an agreement with Comcast-owned Sky to bring the streaming service to Sky Q and Now TV in the UK and Ireland. The deal will also allow “The Simpsons,” which was previously entangled in some licensing complications, to stream on Disney+ UK.
Disney+ will launch in the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria and Switzerland on March 24. Additional Western Europe markets, including Belgium, the Nordics and Portugal, will follow in summer 2020.