So far the only European country to have confirmed access to Disney+, is the Netherlands, which is getting it on the same day as the US and Canada, on November 12th.
And there are many reasons why there is a delay in getting Disney+ launched in different countries, since they all have different rules and existing contracts.
One major problem for French Disney+ subscribers is that France has a rule, where no movie can be added to a streaming service within 36 months of its cinematic release.
This means no movie since 2016 can be on Disney+ in France, so films like Avengers: Endgame, Captain Marvel and Dumbo, wouldn’t be available on Disney+ until 2022, unless the rules are changed. It wouldn’t effect Disney+ Originals like Noelle, since it’s not being released in cinemas in France.
The rule doesn’t just effect Disney+, it applies to other platforms like Netflix and Amazon.
Much like the issues the US has with Netflix, Disney still has some pre-existing contracts with providers, which is why Disney+ won’t launch until early 2020 in France. Meaning it will have different content to the US, though Disney is creating new content just for France.
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Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom.