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Lost, X-Files and new David E. Kelley thriller Big Sky lead Disney+ Star service UK launch

Lost, The X-Files and the Die Hard movie franchise are amongst the first titles announced for the new Star tier coming to Disney+ to February 23. The service will also feature first two Star Originals on Disney+, kidnap thriller Big Sky from David E. Kelley and movie spin-off Love Victor, which is set in the world of the original 2018 film Love, Simon.

Star will become the sixth brand to launch on Disney+, joining Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars, National Geographic and Disney on the streaming platform. Star allows the service to offer slightly more adult orientated content, as well as a wider range of library movies.

Disney says it will become home to thousands of hours of television and movies from Disney’s creative studios, including Disney Television Studios, FX, 20th Century Studios and 20th Television.

Kidnap thriller Big Sky from David E. Kelley and movie spin-off Love Victor are the first Star Originals to launch on Disney Plus …

Big Sky is a nerve-jangling thriller from the min of David E. Kelley

To coincide with the Star launch, from February 23 February, new Disney+ parental controls will separate me-time from kids-time on the entire platform. The app will be updated to include easy-to-use parental controls to ensure that Disney+ is suitable for audiences of all ages. People will be able to set limits on access to content for specific profiles based on content ratings and add a PIN to lock profiles with access to mature content.

Disney+ has been a runaway success, signing up 86 million subscribers globally, thanks laregly to the appeal of Star Wars spin-off The Mandalorian and assorted Marvel originals, soon to be joined by WandaVision.

Also coming to Star will be Kiefer Sutherland action show 24, Desperate Housewives, How I Met Your Mother, Prison Break, Atlanta and Black-ish.

Sky partners with StudioCanal, nabs first rights to 2021 movie slate and back catalogue

Sky has announced a partnership with StudioCanal that gives the premium pay TV provider first access to the Canal+ Group’s film slate for 2021, along with a back catalogue covering hundreds of popular movies. Under the deal, Studiocanal’s titles scheduled for release from January 2021 will go straight to Sky Cinema and Now TV afterContinue Reading

Dram along to this virtual Burns Night Islay whisky celebration, with free cocktail masterclass

The Character of Islay Whisky Company is holding a virtual Burns Night celebration on January 21, and we’re all invited.  Dr Sam Simmons, Head of Whisky, will be hosting this free to attend, appropriately themed gathering.   The shindig, which will be streamed on the @characterofislay Facebook and YouTube channels at 8pm, promises a whole hostContinue Reading

Sonos announces exclusive new artist curated radio shows and podcasts for system owners

Sonos is ramping up its commitment to new music shows and original programming for listeners to Sonos Radio. The in-house service is currently the 3rd most streamed by Sonos users, we’re told.  It hopes to claim even more ears with new personal stations from D’Angelo, FKA twigs, Björk and The Chemical Brothers. There will alsoContinue Reading

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