Disney France inked a new strategic distribution agreement with Canal+ Group, extending the companies’ longstanding deal to include Disney+.
In addition to the direct-to-consumer launch of Disney’s streaming platform in France, Canal+ will be the exclusive pay-TV partner to offer Disney+ in the region, making the streamer available to Canal+ subscribers. This will expand the service’s reach through third-party distribution partners like ISPs.
Disney+ is set to bow in France, the UK, Germany, Italy and Spain on March 31. At launch, the platform will offer 500-plus movies and more than 7,500 episodes of library television content. Over the course of the SVOD’s first year, more than 45 originals are expected to become available across global markets.
The deal will continue to see Canal+ distribute branded television channels including Disney Channel, Disney Junior, National Geographic, National Geographic Wild, Voyage and Fox Play. Canal+ premium channels will also air the first-run broadcasts of Disney, Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar, 20th Century Fox, Blue Sky and Fox Searchlight movies.
Disney+ launched in the US and Canada on November 12, before rolling out in Australia and New Zealand a week later.