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Disney Plus Continues Expanding, Streaming Service to Launch in Indonesia Sept. 5

Stephanie Sengwe

Disney+ remains on the up and up. During their Q3 2020 earnings call, CEO Bob Chapek revealed they will launch Disney+ Hotstar in Indonesia on September 5. This means the service will be available in “nine of the top ten economies in the world” only a year after its official launch.

Earlier on, the company revealed they reached 60.5 million subscribers as of August 3, having reached 57.5 million subscribers at the end of the third quarter in June 2020. That’s up 6 million subscribers from the 54.5 million the company reported on May 4 in their Q2 2020 earnings call.

Previously, the company announced they will launch in eight more European countries in the fall, after having launched in the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria and Switzerland on March 24. The steamer is slated to make its debut in Portugal, Belgium, Finland, Iceland, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden and Denmark on September 15.

The service also launched in India on April 3. The streaming service was supposed to launch on March 29 in collaboration with Hotstar, an Indian streaming service. The launch was to coincide with the start of the Indian Premiere League (IPL) cricket tournament — a huge audience puller for the service. However, the season was postponed due to COVID-19 concerns and affected the launch of Disney+ as well.

The service launched with two tiers: Disney+ VIP and Disney+ Premium. Disney+ VIP members have access to the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, Bollywood films, Hotstar originals, unlimited live sports and Star TV serials for INR 399 ($5.30) a year. Disney+ Premium subscribers on the other hand, get access to all the content Disney+ VIP members get, along with 29 Disney+ originals — including “The Mandalorian” — as well as U.S. shows from HBO, Showtime and Fox.

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