At last years Disney Investor Day event, it was announced that Disney+ would be launching in Eastern Europe, South Korea, Japan, and Hong Kong in 2021.
According to ETnews, Disney will be closing down the Disney Channel and Disney Junior in South Korea at the end of September. Earlier this year, Disney CEO Bob Chapek announced over 100 traditional channels would be closing this year in many countries.
While no release date for the launch of Disney+ in South Korea has yet been confirmed, it could be in September at the earliest, though it is more likely later in the year. Disney is hosting its quarterly investors call next month, so it’s likely more international launches of Disney+ will be officially revealed then. Negotiations are still apparently underway with local telecommunication companies KT and LG U+ about integration with Disney+.
Disney+ in Korea will also launch with the general entertainment brand, Star and will include content from its studios like 20th Century Studios.
Recently, Disney signed a new long-term agreement with film and TV studio Next Entertainment World (NEW) to supply local content to streaming service, in addition to brand new Disney+ Originals. Along with deals with Samhwa Networks and Keyeast to supply localised content.
A Disney spokesperson stated to ETNews that they could not confirm the closure of the Disney Channels or the launch date of Disney+.
When do you think Disney+ will launch in South Korea?