Disney+ scheduled launch in France has now been pushed back two weeks until April 7th, at the request of the French government. To keep up with demand they are also being asked to limit their bandwidth usage on the service.
Disney is cooperating with the EU to limit bandwidth usage, by reducing video quality, during it’s launch to several European countries on Tuesday, March 24th. The countries that are not being delayed are: U.K., Ireland, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria and Switzerland.
Kevin Mayer, chairman of Disney’s Direct-to-Consumer and International division, announced this decision on March 21st, stating:
“In line with Disney’s longstanding commitment to act responsibly, we are responding to the request of European Commissioner for Internal Market Thierry Breton to work together to ensure the smooth functioning of the broadband infrastructure.
In anticipation of high consumer demand for Disney+, we are proactively instituting measures to lower our overall bandwidth utilization by at least 25% in all of the markets launching Disney+ on March 24th. In the coming days, we will be monitoring Internet congestion and working closely with iInternet service providers to further reduce bit rates as necessary to ensure they are not overwhelmed by consumer demand. We look forward to the launch of Disney+ and hope it will provide a much-needed respite for families in these challenging and trying times.”
So the other countries will be getting Disney+ on Tuesday, with reduced video quality, and France will get Disney+ on April 7th.
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