New details on the availability of Disney+ in the Middle East and Northern Africa have been revealed, as it’s been announced that Disney+ Originals will be available on the OSN streaming service, Wavo, which is relaunching as OSN today. However, there are no imminent plans to launch the Disney+ standalone platform in the region and it’s the first time content of Disney+ has been distributed through a third party provider.
The full catalogue of shows will be rolling out from April 9th.
“Given that we currently do not plan to launch Disney+ as a standalone service in the region in the near future, we are pleased to work with OSN to bring Disney+ Originals to viewers in the Middle East. This unique distribution strategy, designed specifically for this region, will provide fans and families the opportunity to enjoy world-class original content and amazing storytelling from our extensive portfolio of brands right now in these difficult times.”
Said Amit Malhotra, Regional Lead, Content Sales and Distribution, The Walt Disney Company and OSN CEO Patrick Tillieux added in a statement:
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“We’re delighted to strengthen our alliance with Disney to bring the magic of Disney’s storytelling to our loyal customers. Adding Disney+ Originals to our boxes and streaming services is a huge milestone for us and reinforces our commitment to offering premium content to our regional audience from only the most exceptional brands. By making the OSN streaming service available across all our platforms — TV, mobile, laptops, tablets, games consoles, and streaming boxes — the whole family can enjoy uninterrupted world-class entertainment unrivalled by any other platform.”
A monthly subscription to OSN’s video-on-demand service is priced at $9.50 per month and is available in 17 regional markets, including Egypt, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. OSN is available on osn.com, iOS and Android mobile apps, Apple TV, Android TV and Samsung and LG TVs.
This deal will no doubt provide extra revenue for the Walt Disney Company, especially with so many income sources being removed such as its theme park division. At least years Investors Day event, it was announced that it would take 2 years for Disney+ to be rolled out globally, so this deal with OSN, will allow people in those regions early access to shows like Star Wars: The Mandalorian.
Will you be watching the Disney+ Originals on OSN?
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.