Globe announced Thursday, November 2 that it is the first Philippines telecommunications operator to bring Disney+ to the Philippines from November 17. In addition, Alipay+ will be offering special packages from Friday (November 4) onwards on GCash featuring Disney+.
What will access to Disney+ mean for fans, families, and consumers in the Philippines?
David Shin, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Taiwan, Hong Kong & Southeast Asia, The Walt Disney Company shares his view.
1. What will access to Disney+ mean for consumers in the Philippines?
Fans and families in the Philippines will very soon be able to access a vast and ever-growing library of global, regional, and Asian language content from Disney’s iconic brands including Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and Star, offering unforgettable moments, movies and entertainment experiences to everyone – anytime, anywhere. Consumers will be able to watch blockbuster hits from the Marvel Cinematic Universe such as Avengers: Endgame, Avengers: Infinity War, Thor: Love and Thunder, Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and Black Panther to iconic Walt Disney Animation Studios’ movies including Encanto which won Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards this year, as well as Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, Mulan, Raya, and the Last Dragon and The Lion King, to heartwarming movies from Disney and Pixar, featuring films like Lightyear, Turning Red, Soul, Luca and Coco to Korean content featuring BTS and other Asian stars under the Star brand. Through Disney+, we will open new doors of entertainment to everyone.
2. What are some of the upcoming movies and shows coming up on Disney+?
We have a lot of new and exciting general entertainment content that viewers can look forward to in the coming weeks including Mickey: The Story of a Mouse – a fascinating documentary about one of the world’s most beloved icons who today is recognized as a symbol of joy and innocence in virtually every corner of the globe. People of all ages will be able to watch Mickey’s intriguing story from November 18!
On the same day, consumers will be able to stream Disenchanted, an all-new live-action musical comedy starring Amy Adams and Patrick Dempsey. It’s the sequel to Disney’s box office hit Enchanted, the story of Giselle, the lovable maiden from the fairy tale world of Andalasia who finally found Robert, her Prince Charming in the kingdom of New York City! Now, 15 years after Giselle and Robert wed, Giselle has grown disillusioned with life in the city, so they move their family to sleepy Monroeville in search of a more fairy-tale life.
Just a fortnight later comes Willow, an all-new action-adventure series based on George Lucas’ 1988 fantasy-adventure film. The story began when an aspiring sorcerer, played by Warwick Davis, is whisked away on a journey to protect an infant empress Elora Danan and vanquish the evil Queen Bavmorda from their world of Andowyne. Now, the story continues with Davis leading an unlikely crew of heroes on a quest to protect Andowyne from an even larger foe than they had imagined possible.
And, a very special once-in-a-lifetime event that will be livestreamed globally and exclusively on Disney+ on November 21 – “Elton John Live: Farewell from Dodger Stadium” – the legendary singer’s original concert event in Los Angeles as he performs his final North American show. Fans from around the world will be able to feel like they have a front-row seat to witness the ground-breaking magic of the Rocket Man back at Dodger Stadium, 47 years after the performance that cemented his global success. The concert will begin with “Countdown to Elton Live” from Dodger Stadium, beginning at 11:30am PHT on November 21.
3. What are some of the Asian language titles people can look forward to watching on Disney+?
One of most significant announcements in APAC this year is our global content collaboration with HYBE, South Korea’s entertainment lifestyle platform company and the management label of the world’s biggest global K-pop icons – BTS. This collaboration represents our commitment to bring globally relevant entertainment from the APAC region to the world. One of these titles is BTS: PERMISSION TO DANCE ON STAGE – LA — a cinematic 4K concert film featuring their incredible live performance at Los Angeles’ Sofi Stadium last November.
I’m also excited about Big Mouth, a new 16-part Korean thriller that recently launched with great success in APAC with an A-list creative team and popular K-drama stars. It’s performing incredibly well to date. A Star Original, the series stars a third-rate lawyer who takes on a murder case in order to turn around his career but soon ends up entangled in a conspiracy. He is imprisoned as part of the murder case he is investigating and is mistakenly accused of being a notorious con artist. In order to survive life in prison, he plays the role and becomes the notorious con artist himself.
4. What can Filipinos expect from Disney+ experience?
Filipinos will be able to access over 1,800 films and 32,000 episodes, including Disney+ Exclusives and Originals. From the highest-grossing films to brand-new originals, consumers can expect that there will be something for everyone. New content like Willow and Disenchanted, as well as fresh Korean content like the upcoming Revenge of Others will be added regularly to bring our subscribers a wide array of general entertainment content to enjoy.
Disney+ will also give them high-quality viewing, with personalized recommendations and streaming on up to four devices. On selected content, Disney+ offers up to 4K Ultra HD (Up to 2160p resolution) picture quality for the premium plan and full HD (up to 720p resolution) for the mobile plan. Subscribers to the premium plan will be able to experience over 100 titles in breathtaking 4K Ultra HD and Dolby Atmos sound for a crisp and colorful cinematic experience on compatible devices.