Disney + to launch classic titles with the new Star Channel

NEW YORK: The Walt Disney Broadcasting Service said Tuesday that Disney + will bring “Lost”, “Family Guy” and other studio titles to viewers in Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore on its new channel, Star.

Star, who joins Pixar, Marvel and other tiles on the Disney + app home screen, will bring entertainment in more mature ratings, including “Grey’s Anatomy” and “The X-Files” TV series as well as movies including “Pretty Woman” , “Die Hard 2” and “Moulin Rouge”.

Streaming service providers are boosting their offerings and expanding into more markets as people stuck at home during the Covid-19 pandemic turn to online content to entertain themselves and their families.

The company said in a statement that Disney + Star will be launched later in 2021 in new markets such as Eastern Europe, Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea.

In Latin America, the brand will be launched as a separate streaming service, Star +.

Disney + said it has also added new parental controls and the option to add a PIN to lock personal files with access to adult content, with both features set to be available globally.

Earlier in February, Warner Media said the HBO Max video streaming service, home to titles such as “Wonder Woman 1984” and “Love Life”, would launch in 39 territories across Latin America and the Caribbean in late June.

Netflix Inc, which added more customers in one year than ever before in 2020, is also planning to release more than 70 movies this year to its US customers.

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