Star is the 6th tile being added to Disney Plus on 23rd February, bringing adult related content like crime, romance, horror and drama series along with parental controls which allows the ability to pin and protect profiles.
Disney own ABC with shows like “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Bachelor,” and “Dancing with the Stars” as well as FX with shows like American Horror Story,” “American Crime Story,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” and “Fargo.”
Disney gained ownership of FX when it bought 21st Century Fox which increased its 30% stake in HULU to 60%. HULU carries channels such as PBS, SYFY and Bravo to name but a few.
They also own 50% of A&E which features true crime shows such as “The First 48” and “Cold Case Files,” as well as reality shows like “Dog the Bounty Hunter” and “Storage Wars.” Disney and Hearst became partners, each acquiring 50% of A&E in 2012. Lifetime and History channels are owned by A&E, so Disney have those as well. What HiFi also delved into the details.
It won’t just be old favourites, though. The first two Star Originals are slated for arrival soon – Big Sky, a private detective thriller from the maker of Big Little Lies, and Love Victor which is a spin-off from feature film Love, Simon (2018).
The content for each region will differ slightly according to current rights holders but will include content from Disney Television Studios, FX, 20th Century Studios and 20th Television. The addition of Disney Star to the platform will, in some regions, effectively double the amount of content on offer across the whole service.
Disney Star will not be launching in America but instead will be integrated alonsgide the other five main sections into the Disney Plus platform in Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore from launch day. It will be available as a separate app along with sports in Latin America from June.
Other launch content for the UK will include Desperate Housewives, How I Met Your Mother, Prison Break, Atlanta, Black-ish, and some of the Die Hard franchise.
Star Originals on Disney+
From visionary storyteller David E. Kelley (Big Little Lies) comes Big Sky, an intense thriller that follows private detectives Cassie Dewell and Cody Hoyt as they join forces with his estranged wife and ex-cop, Jenny Hoyt, to search for two sisters who have been kidnapped by a truck driver on a remote highway in Montana. But when they discover that these are not the only girls who have disappeared in the area, they must race against the clock to find the women before it’s too late.
Big Sky stars Katheryn Winnick as Jenny Hoyt, Kylie Bunbury as Cassie Dewell, Brian Geraghty as Ronald Pergman, Dedee Pfeiffer as Denise Brisbane, Natalie Alyn Lind as Danielle Sullivan, Jade Pettyjohn as Grace Sullivan, Jesse James Keitel as Jerrie, with John Carroll Lynch as Rick Legarski and Ryan Phillippe as Cody Hoyt.
Set in the world of the original 2018 film Love, Simon, the series follows Victor, a new student at Creekwood High School on his own journey of self-discovery, facing challenges at home, adjusting to a new city, and struggling with his sexual orientation. When it all seems too much, he reaches out to Simon to help him navigate the ups and downs of high school.
Series and FIlms available via Star on Disney+
Kiefer Sutherland stars in this precedent-setting television series where the entire season takes place in one day, with each of the 24 episodes covering one hour, told in real time.
Mysteries abound as the 48 survivors of Oceanic Air Flight 815 find themselves stranded on an unidentified island with little hope of rescue.
Looking down on her friends and family is a way of death for Mary Alice after she took her own life in her perfect house. Now, from beyond the grave, she takes us into the lives of her friends and neighbours: Susan is a divorcee and single mom who will go to any length for love; Lynette is an ex-career woman who traded the boardroom for boredom and mania as the mother of four unmanageable kids; Bree Van De Kamp is like Martha Stewart on steroids, with a family on the verge of mutiny; Gabrielle Solis is an ex-model with a rich husband and a big house, so what is she doing with the 17-year-old gardener? And serial divorcee Edie Britt’s conquests have everyone buzzing. Mary Alice sees more now than she ever did alive and she’s planning to share the secrets that hide behind every door in this seemingly perfect American suburb.
How I Met Your Mother
How I Met Your Mother is a comedy about Ted (Josh Radnor) and how he fell in love. It all started when Ted’s best friend, Marshall (Jason Segel), dropped the bombshell that he was going to propose to his long-time girlfriend, and now wife, Lily (Alyson Hannigan), a kindergarten teacher. At that moment, Ted realized that he had better get a move on if he too hopes to find true love. Helping him in his quest is Barney (Neil Patrick Harris), a friend with endless, sometimes outrageous opinions, a penchant for suits and a foolproof way to meet women. When Ted met Robin (Cobie Smulders), it was love at first sight, but when things didn’t work out, Ted realized destiny must have something else in store. The series is narrated through flashbacks from the future.
Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller) is a desperate man in a desperate situation. His brother, Lincoln Burrows (Dominic Purcell), is on death row and scheduled to die in a few months for an assassination Michael is convinced Lincoln did not commit. With no other options and time winding down, Michael holds up a bank to get himself incarcerated alongside his brother in Fox River State Penitentiary. Prison Break combines the hope of The Shawshank Redemption, the camaraderie of The Longest Yard and the tense procedure and spectacle of The Great Escape. This intriguing series reveals additional pieces of the puzzle each episode as Michael carries out his daring plan to mastermind the ultimate prison break – and solve the far-reaching national-scale conspiracy that landed his brother there in the first place.
Unconventional FBI agent, Fox Mulder (David Duchovny), takes it upon himself to investigate a group of unsolved cases, known as the “X-Files,” that he believes involve paranormal phenomena. To keep tabs on his work–and in the hopes of debunking his theories–the FBI teams him up with Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson), a young, skeptical agent who has a degree in medicine and a strong bias toward the scientific. As the pair works to solve these unexplained cases, Mulder’s strong belief in the forces of the unknown continues to challenge Scully’s rational mind. Their relationship grows more complex with each case, slowly emerging as a heady mix of professional competitiveness, witty repartee, and a mutual attraction that is heightened by the intensity of their tasks and the close proximity in which they work.
Atlanta revolves around Earnest “Earn” Marks (Donald Glover), a loner who returns to his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia (The Peach State) after dropping out of Princeton. Upon his arrival, he discovers his cousin Alfred has become Atlanta’s hottest new rap act. The show follows the cousins on their way up through the Atlanta rap scene, where their opposing views on art, commerce, success, and race will make their quest anything but easy. Earn is extremely smart, observant, and lost. As a disillusioned millennial, he struggles to find his calling or “brand” and feels that the game of life is fixed so that he can never win. He recognises that Alfred’s overnight YouTube popularity has the potential to become a life changing opportunity for them both – if he can reign in his cousin’s “act first, think later” attitude and get used to his drug-addled, possibly psychic (but definitely odd) sidekick Darius. As Alfred’s manager, Earn may finally find something to which it’s worth committing his energies.
Like any parents, Andre “Dre” (Anthony Anderson) and Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross) Johnson want to give their children the best. But their offspring’s childhood is turning out to be much different than theirs. They now realize at least two things: There is a price to pay for giving their children more than what they ever had, and these loving parents are totally unprepared for the fallout. “Pops” (Laurence Fishburne), Dre’s dad, takes every opportunity to offer his old school opinion on family issues.
Die Hard movie franchise
A selection of titles from the Die Hard franchise will be available at launch.
Subscription pricing will increase in most overseas markets at the launch of Star. For example, in the UK, a Disney Plus sub will increase to £7.99/month or £79.90/annual from its current £5.99/month or £59.99/year.
Article by Fantha Tracks contributor Andrew Fearnside.
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