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Star on Disney Plus: Everything you need to know about Disney’s new brand

Disney Plus now has more than 75 new TV series and 280 new movies, thanks to Star

Disney Plus UK just had its biggest content drop ever as a new sixth brand – Star – joined the five existing brands that previously comprised the streaming service since launch: namely Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic. The launch of Star means that you will now see more than 75 new TV shows and over 280 new movies when you next log in to the service.

Unlike the five previous brands that were primarily focussed more on child- and family-friendly content, Star brings more mature content to the service, including the best entertainment from the likes of Disney Television Studios, 20th Century Studios, 20th Television, ABC Searchlight Pictures and more.

These include award-winning TV shows like Lost, 24, Scandal, Sons of Anarchy, Desperate Housewives and Modern Family; and movies including Braveheart, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Pretty Woman, Independence Day, Moulin Rouge and The Favourite. To protect your children from mistakenly accessing some of this content, Disney Plus now has new parental control features that you need to enable when you next log in to the service.

Since its US launch in November 2019 and its UK launch in March 2020, Disney Plus has smashed its growth forecasts and the streaming service now boasts nearly 100 million subscribers worldwide. It has continued a staggered global rollout approach all through 2020, and even this year.

Star has only launched on Disney Plus UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada today. US Disney Plus subscribers won’t get Star because they have another streaming service called Hulu (majority-owned by The Walt Disney Company) that provides most of the content covered by Star on Disney Plus in the countries where the sixth brand has launched today.

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Star on Disney Plus: How much does it cost?

The addition of Star to Disney Plus’ already enviable line-up of TV shows and movies understandably comes at a price. From today, Disney Plus UK will cost £7.99/mnth (up £2 from its UK launch price of £5.99/mnth). Alternatively, you can sign up for a yearly subscription for £79.90 (around £20 more than its launch price of £59.99/year).

Existing Disney Plus subscribers will continue to pay the old price until 23 August 2021. However, if your subscription ends between now and 23 August, then you’ll be switched to the newer pricing model.

Star on Disney Plus: How to set parental controls

When you log in to Disney Plus from today, you’ll be prompted to protect any user profiles that you’ve added so that your kids don’t accidentally stumble upon mature-content from Star.

You’ll first be asked to confirm whether you (the main account holder) would like to access all content available on Disney Plus. Next, you’ll be prompted to set a four-digit pin to prevent others from mistakenly accessing your profile.

You can then set different content ratings for each user profile on your account. There are six content ratings that you can choose from based on how old your children are. It’s easy to change these at any time within your profile settings.

  • 0+
  • 6+
  • 9+
  • 12+
  • 14+
  • 16+
  • 18+

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Star on Disney Plus: What TV shows are now available to watch

As we mentioned above, the launch of Star includes 75 new TV shows to the platform that has already delivered several hits since launch, most notably The Mandalorian and Wandavision. Apart from fan favourites like Lost, Modern Family, Grey’s Anatomy, How I Met Your Mother, 24 and The X Files, Star also includes four original TV series.

Big Sky is a suspense drama series by David E Kelley who is best known as the mastermind behind some of the best TV series in recent years, namely Big Little Lies and The Undoing. Another series is the adult animated sitcom Solar Opposites that comes from the co-creators of Rick and Morty. Solar Opposites is already renewed for a third season, with the second season releasing shortly.

Love, Victor is an American teen drama series that’s similar to the 2018-film Love, Simon. It’s from the same creators as This Is Us and is produced and narrated by Nick Robinson who was the lead character in the film. The series has been very well-received stateside and it’s already been renewed for the second season. The fourth TV series that’s available at launch is Helstrom based on the Marvel characters Daimon and Satana Helstrom.

Here’s a list of some of the best TV series that are now available to watch on Disney Plus from today, thanks to Star:

  • 24
  • According to Jim
  • Alias
  • American Dad
  • Atlanta
  • Black-ish
  • Bones
  • Brothers and Sisters
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Desperate Housewives
  • Family Guy
  • Grey’s Anatomy
  • Glee
  • How I Met Your Mother
  • Lost
  • Modern Family
  • Prison Break
  • Scandal
  • Scrubs
  • Sleepy Hollow
  • Sons of Anarchy
  • Ugly Betty
  • The X-Files

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Star on Disney Plus: What movies are now available to watch

The launch of Star has now brought over 280 movies to Disney Plus. Here’s a list of some of the best movies that you can watch from today:

  • Australia
  • Bad Company
  • Bad Times at the El Royale
  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Borat
  • Boys Don’t Cry
  • Braveheart
  • Casanova
  • Cleopatra
  • Cocktail
  • Cold Creek Manor
  • Con-Air
  • Crazy/Beautiful
  • Dark Water
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • Deadpool 2

  • The Devil Wears Prada
  • Die Hard
  • Dragonball Evolution
  • Enemy of the State
  • Far from the Madding Crowd
  • The Fault in our Stars
  • From Hell
  • Good Morning Vietnam
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • High Fidelity
  • Hope Springs
  • Independence Day
  • Inventing the Abbotts
  • John Tucker Must Die
  • Just Married
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service
  • The Marine
  • The Maze Runner
  • Moulin Rouge
  • The Namesake
  • Phone Booth
  • Pretty Woman
  • Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
  • Runaway Bride
  • Shallow Hal
  • Sleeping with the Enemy
  • Solaris
  • There’s Something About Mary
  • Tristan & Isodle
  • Romeo + Juliet
  • White Men Can’t Jump
  • Woman on Top
  • The X Files
  • The 13th Warrior

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