Today sees the expansion of Disney+ in Japan, with the addition of the general entertainment brand, Star.
Disney+ Japan will now feature over 16,000 titles from the latest movies to originals and Japanese content.
The Star brand features thousands of hours of general entertainment, including movies and shows produced by Disney Television Studios (ABC Signature and 20th Television), FX Productions, 20th Century Studios, Searchlight Pictures and more. In addition to a wide range of content genres such as comedies, dramas and thrillers to fulfil everyone and every mood, the brand will also feature exclusive originals and locally produced content tailored for the Japanese market including Tokyo MER.
Star has already been added to Disney+ in many countries around the world including the UK, Australia, Canada and Singapore.
The wide range of Star content that will be made available for streaming exclusively on Disney+ includes new movie releases including the Academy Award-winning Nomadland; movie hits like Pretty Woman, Titanic, The Devil Wears Prada and Deadpool; widely anticipated Star originals Only Murders in the Building, starring Selena Gomez and popular movie spin-off Love, Victor; exciting new productions such as the first television series based on one of the greatest science-fiction horror classics ever made: Alien; and one of the most sweeping, sophisticated adult series — a retelling of James Clavell’s beloved epic saga, Shōgun. Star will also feature popular overseas dramas Glee, 24, The Walking Dead and 9-1-1: LONE STAR.
To coincide with the introduction of Star in Japan, Disney+ has also been given an upgrade to add new features and compatibility across a wide range of mobile and connected TV devices, including gaming consoles, streaming media players, and smart TVs. Added features include 4K UHD picture quality, 5.1 channel sound, support for Dolby Atmos-compatible audio equipment for greater enjoyment of content, GroupWatch for watching content together with up to seven people whether in the same room or apart, and stronger parental controls such as Kids Profile and Profile PINs to ensure the service remains suitable for audiences of all ages.
Disney+ will be expanding its subscription channels to offer greater convenience to consumers. Consumers can subscribe to Disney+ at current docomo Shops and My docomo; via credit card or PayPal through the Disney+ official website; or via Apple App Store, Google Play Store and Amazon Appstore. Disney+ will be available at a fixed monthly subscription price of ¥990 (including tax), or a subscription from the Apple App store at ¥1,000 per month (including tax). For those who subscribe through docomo Shops and My docomo, the new price of ¥990 per month (including tax) will be applied from November 1, 2021.
With the massive expansion of Disney+ in Japan, it’s expected many more people will subscribe to the streaming service, since not only does it now have much more content from Disney’s mature brands, but it’s much easier for people in Japan to subscribe now.
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.