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Disney+ launches Star in Canada, aiming for adult viewers with huge TV and movies cache

Disney+ is throwing open the vaults today to Star, a new entertainment hub within its existing streaming service that caters to more grown-up tastes for Hollywood fare.

More than 150 TV series and 500 movies from Disney’s Hulu, 20th Century Studios and the FX channel will be available to Canadians on launch day — but it comes with a catch.

You can’t subscribe to Star without being signed up for Disney+.

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And Disney is raising the subscription price for all users. Monthly rates will go from $8.99 to $11.99 for new Canadian users starting today, and the price increase will take effect for existing subscribers over the summer.

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In exchange, viewers will have access to major franchises, Alien, Planet of the Apes and Die Hard among them, and a slate of TV series from Alias and Family Guy to classics Hill Street Blues and M.A.S.H.

“Disney+ has touched the lives of nearly a hundred million people around the globe by providing a home for exceptional storytelling from the beloved brands of Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic, and today’s launch of the Star-branded international general entertainment offering marks an exciting expansion for the service,” said Rebecca Campbell, Chairman, International Operations and Direct-to-Consumer, The Walt Disney Company.

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“With the addition of Star, we’re building even more value for consumers by adding an incredible array of high-quality movies and series for families, older teens, and adults, fueled by the acquisition of 21st Century Fox and our creative studios.”

Disney is also introducing a family-friendly control system that allows parents to lock their children out of certain ratings levels.

© 2021 The Canadian Press

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