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Disney Plus set to launch on Sky TV boxes in March as part of exclusive deal

Reports claim that the deal would give Sky exclusive rights to embed Disney Plus and its catalogues within its content menus

Disney and Sky are reportedly ironing out details that could see the much-anticipated Disney Plus streaming service made available direct through Sky set-top boxes. 

 Unnamed sources, quoted in The Telegraph, claim that the deal would give Sky exclusive rights to embed Disney Plus and its catalogues within its menus.

This is said to be similar to the partnership Sky currently has with Netflix in that the app is available via Sky’s navigation bars and, when you search for content using Sky’s built-in search function, Disney Plus content will appear alongside Sky’s own content and content from other apps.

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It is unclear whether the price of the Disney Plus service will be included as part of a Sky TV subscription although we think that’s highly unlikely. You still have to pay separately for a Netflix account when watched via Sky TV, for instance, and we’d expect the Disney Plus deal to follow suit. 

That said, you may be able to add your Disney Plus monthly fee to your Sky bill so it all gets paid in one go, from one bill. It’s also not clear whether the partnership extends to Now TV boxes and we’ve contacted  Sky and Disney formore information.

It is understood that Virgin Media and BT TV customers will be able to offer access to the app to their customers but it won’t be embedded within their catalogues. This adds a string to Sky TV’s bow, when trying to attract new customers or retain existing ones, and it benefits Disney Plus by putting the service at the heart of millions of UK homes. 

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Its Disney Life app, for example, is only available on certain Smart TVs and you require a streaming stick, like the Amazon Fire Stick, to be able to access the catalogue on non-compatible TVs. 

The report continues that the deal is progressing apace in order to get the partnership ready for the much-anticipated Disney Plus UK release date on 24 March. 

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