Disney’s hybrid streaming platform, Disney+Hotstar, launches in Malaysia on June 1, 2021 with a slate of exclusive local titles – including direct-to-streaming movies – as well as a distribution deal with dominant subscription platform Astro and a direct-to-consumer offer for RM54.90/US$13 for three months, according to media reports.
According to Malaysia’s thestar.com, Malaysians will finally get to watch much-talked about Disney original series like The Mandalorian, WandaVision and The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.
According to a press statement, Astro’s Movies Pack customers can stream Disney+ Hotstar for an additional RM5 per month while non-Movies Pack customers can gain access via other promotions.
It was revealed that the app will be available for two concurrent streams, and the majority of content will be available for download on mobile and tablet.
One of the upcoming Marvel titles that Malaysians can watch at the same time as global audiences is Marvel Studios’ Loki , which will start streaming on June 11.
It was announced that the streaming service will have over 800 films and 18,000 episodes, which includes not only Disney, Marvel and Pixar content but also local content.
Malaysian movie J2: J Retribusi, which has Zul Ariffin reprising his role from the 2017 hit film J Revolusi, will be premiering exclusively at Disney+ Hotstar in June.
Thestar.com quoted Ahmad Izham Omar, director of content and creative, Disney South-East Asia, as saying yesterday: “There’s a lot of Malaysian content to enjoy and so much to watch. And we are working with the best Malaysian creators and filmmakers to make original productions and bring the best of Malaysian content to the world. “
The Malaysian rollout is Disney’s second for the lower-cost service in Southeast Asia after Indonesia, which launched in September last year. The full Disney+ service is available in Singapore with Indian streamer Hotstar available separately.