Is Disney Star coming to the US?

Everything you need to know

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Disney+ has come to our rescue frequently over lockdown, as many of us are constantly stuck for what to watch. The streaming giant offers every nostalgic classic you could ask for and now it’s adding even more—Disney has announced Star, an exciting drop of hundreds of films and TV series.

Disney Star promises “More thrills. More drama. More for every mood” and looking at the list of content, it does not disappoint.

Star offers over 250 movies and 75 TV series, from season 1 -15 of Grey's Anatomy, all of Modern Family, and movies like Deadpool 2, Die Hard, The Devil Wears Prada, The Favourite, and the Grand Budapest Hotel. Something that will entertain absolutely everyone.

 Is Disney Star Available in the US? 

Star dropped on Disney+ on the 23rd of February in the UK, Ireland, France, Spain, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Germany, Austria, Norway, Denmark, The Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Canada, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand, but sadly not in the US. This left many fans wondering why and when Star would become available in America.

Sadly, the answer is it won’t be. The reason for this is slightly complicated but it basically comes down to Hulu. Hulu is a streaming service not available outside of the US and includes the content owned by Disney now available on Disney Star. 

Disney Star is Disney’s way of getting their owned content out to countries that can’t access Hulu, and as a result, because the US has Hulu, users will have to pay for both a Hulu and Disney + subscription for all the content. Whereas people in the UK for example will just have to pay for Disney + to have access to the new content previously available on Hulu. 

This will be a sad blow, but Hulu still has a far larger library than that of Star so customers will still be getting a lot of content for their money, but if they are also fans of the Mandalorian they’ll have to pay for Disney + as well as Hulu.

Disney does however offer a bundle for US customers, you can get Hulu, Disney+, and ESPN+ subscriptions for $12.99 per month. A stand-alone Disney + subscription costs $6.99 but will be increasing to $7.99.

 How to get Disney Star on Disney + 

 For those lucky enough to be in the countries that have Disney Star, all you need to do is open up Disney +, go on your profile, and on the main page, you will see a line of options for ‘Marvel’ and ‘ Nat Geo’ and Star will be there at the end. You will need to set your account to 18+ for the full catalog of content, but once you’ve done that you’re all set to start watching. 

Naomi Jamieson
Lifestyle News Writer

Naomi is a Lifestyle News Writer with the Women's Lifestyle team, where she covers everything from entertainment to fashion and beauty, as well as TikTok trends for Woman&Home, after previously writing for My Imperfect Life and GoodTo. Interestingly though, Naomi actually has a background in design, having studied illustration at Plymouth University but lept into the media world in 2020, after always having a passion for writing and earned her Gold Standard diploma in Journalism with the NCTJ.

Before working for Future Publishing’s Lifestyle News team, she worked in the Ad production team. Here she wrote and designed adverts on all sorts of things, which then went into print magazines across all genres. Now, when she isn’t writing articles on celebs, fashion trends, or the newest shows on Netflix, you can find her drinking copious cups of coffee, drawing and probably online shopping.