Disney+ is supposed to launch in France on March 31, 2020, but ahead of that debut Disney has signed an exclusive distribution deal with France’s leading “pay-TV company” Canal Plus Group.
Under this new deal, Canal Plus will be the sole provider of Disney+ in France. Other telco groups will need to go through Canal Plus to gain access to the Disney+ service.
“Canal Plus will also continue to have exclusive rights to Disney content, including the “Star Wars” and “Avengers” movies, and will also be the only distributor of Disney channels in France, including Disney Channel and Disney Junior, and will keep distributing the National Geographic, Voyage and Fox Play channels.”
This is not the first deal that Canal Plus has had with Disney. They have had a long-term relationship with the company having access to Disney properties as well as Marvel, Pixar, and Lucasfilm for years. It makes sense that they would also benefit from a Disney+ deal.
Frankly, I’m not familiar with French television, although we are Miraculous Ladybug fans here, so I’m not sure how this will impact the French streaming and television world, but this is the deal that is moving forward.
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