Disney+ to Launch in 42 Countries

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Have you heard the recent news that Disney + will launch in 42 countries this year alone? If not, continue reading to find out everything you need to know.

It has been announced that Disney+ will launch in 42 countries this year. It comes as the popular streaming platform continues its global expansion by infiltrating a number of previously unchartered territories including Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Poland, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates with plans to tackle a total of 42 countries and 11 territories, including the Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, and St. Helena, within the first half of this year alone.

It has yet to be revealed when the highly anticipated launches will take place or how subscription prices will differ from country to country but with their sights firmly set on world domination, the natural growth of the streaming platform is predicted to impact a number of related and unrelated industries and sectors.

Its impact on the video creation industry

Its impact on video quality

Disney + was originally launched in 2019 and, in the years since, has climbed the ranks to become one of the most popular and trusted streaming platforms on the market with its wide range of different content suitable for both young and old audiences.

It may have had little to no impact on the video creation industry in countries where the streaming platform was absent in the past but with its global expansion well and truly underway, this is predicted to dramatically change in 2022.

The simultaneous growth and development of a number of short-form video sharing platforms, such as YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok, however, is only expected to continue into the coming years with the global expansion of Disney + unlikely to have little, if any, impact on its enduring popularity throughout the world.

It has also recently been announced that a number of existing social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, will turn their attention to short-form video content in the coming years in an attempt to keep up with the times and cater to consumers’ ever-changing collective hobbies and interests.

Its effect on its competitors

Now 2022 has arrived we may see Disney + continue its quest for worldwide domination by infiltrating 42 countries and impacting the video creation industry but its effect on its competitors has yet to be truly realised. In the years since streaming platforms have exploded in popularity and entered the mainstream.

For example, an unofficial streaming war has slowly but surely came to fruition and content creators have scrambled to match its success by relying on a number of world-class video editing software programs, such as after effects, before, during, and after the initial production process.

This has resulted in a fight for dominance between Disney +, Hulu, Prime Video, Netflix, Apple TV+ and, perhaps more recently, Paramount, with the variety of content on offer and the frequency of subsequent price hikes both playing a fundamental role in the long-term success of the globally renowned streaming platforms.

As of 2022, however, Netflix has retained its position as the current frontrunner of the unofficial streaming war with availability in over 190 markets worldwide, over 209 million paying subscribers, and a year-over-year increase of an impressive 8%.

Its impact on video quality

Its impact on video quality

If you are a self-confessed film fanatic, you will more than likely understand the importance of watching a Disney movie in the highest possible quality format to truly immerse yourself in world-class special effects for an enhanced user experience from start to finish. As Disney+ prepares to launch in 42 countries, however, its impact on video quality has also been called into question.

The standard version of the streaming platform, which is in the process of being rolled out globally, gives users the opportunity to benefit from over 100 titles in 4K as this resolution gradually becomes the norm on streaming platforms and is supported by a wide range of smart TVs and streaming devices. The subsequent launch of Disney+ in 42 countries is, therefore, likely to have little to no impact on video quality as long as a valid internet connection has been established beforehand.

It is, however, worth noting that whilst video quality has never been a problem for existing fans of the streaming platform, as of 2022, only 100 out of around 1200 titles are available to be enjoyed in 4K UHD, or Ultra High Definition, which roughly translates to around a tenth of its total content catalogue.

In 2022, Disney + is expected to launch in 42 countries as it continues its global expansion into a number of unchartered territories including Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Poland, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates, just to name a few.

This may signal a step in the right direction for countries previously unfamiliar with the streaming platform and its impressive catalogue of both classic and brand-new movies and shows, but it is also expected to impact a number of related industries, sectors, and niches, including the video creation industry, its closest competitors, and the future of video quality.

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