Star on Disney Plus explained: release date, new TV shows, price increase and more

Disney Plus Star
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Star has now landed on Disney Plus in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. What does that mean? Well, the same streaming service you've used to enjoy The Mandalorian and old episodes of The Simpsons has now doubled in content – Star brings a ton of new TV shows and movies to the platform, including adult-friendly offerings, for the first time.

This new 'general entertainment' addition to Disney Plus is included with your existing subscription. You don't have to do anything extra to get it – just enable adult content next time you boot up the app, or set parental restrictions on some accounts, if needed. 

US Disney Plus subscribers won't get Star, simply because Hulu already caters for similar content.

When you use the Disney Plus app now, you can watch everything from 18 seasons of Family Guy to movies from the Die Hard series. Star has got Disney to dig deep into the archives of everything it owns – its various production arms like FX, ABC and 20th Century Television all feed in to the offering, here, resulting in a robust library of great old TV shows and movies.

In addition, Star has launched with four originals: Solar Opposites, Big Sky, Love, Victor and Helstrom, with many more planned down the line, including local originals made in Europe.

The only downside? The Disney Plus price has gone up.

Below, we'll tell you everything we know about Star on Disney Plus as of launch, including the complete list of movies and shows streaming right now.

What is Disney Plus Star?

The House of Mouse describes Star on Disney Plus as a "new general entertainment content brand", but we think it's best thought of as a new channel within Disney Plus. As of launch on February 23, the Disney Plus app homepage has added the Star tile alongside existing channels Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic. 

This is your gateway into the wider content owned by The Walt Disney Company, including titles from Disney Television Studios, FX, 20th Century Studios and 20th Television. In the UK, the launch of Star doubles the amount of content available to stream on the service, Disney confirmed before launch – so it's a significant offering. 

You don't have to do anything extra to get Star. It's included with your Disney Plus subscription. 

Why does Star exist? Well, while Disney owns Hulu in the US – a great Netflix-style mainstream streaming service with a long history, and the home of lots of Disney-owned adult-targeted content – it doesn't have a footprint outside America. Hulu is sold in a bundle with Disney Plus in the US.

Since Disney owns so much adult-friendly content via the Fox acquisition, it makes sense that the company wants to find a way to stream that stuff to non-US customers directly. 

Disney Plus, meanwhile, already has a strong presence in major markets around the world, so rolling all the content into a single app experience saves the headache and significant challenge of launching a new service. 

Adding Star is the solution to that.

Disney Plus Star release date

Star was added to Disney Plus on February 23, 2021, and future Disney Plus international launches will include Star as standard.

Which countries will get Disney Plus Star?

Star initially launched in 'select international markets', which included Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Local programming is planned for the different regions getting the service – so expect this to yield more Disney Plus originals in future.

Disney Plus Star brought a price increase

When Star launched on February 23, the Disney Plus price in the UK increased from £5.99 to £7.99 per month, and from £59.99 to £79.90 per year. If you're an active subscriber, you get to pay the old price until August 23, 2021. That's the only rub for getting a lot more content to enjoy.

For Disney Plus Australia subscribers, the price increased from AU$8.99 per month or $89.99 per year to AU$11.99 per month or $119.99 for a full year. 

A note for UK customers: if your account lapses between February 23 and August 23, you'll be charged the new, higher price when you rejoin, according to Disney.

Disney confirms here that if you're an existing annual UK subscriber and your subscription renews before August 23, you won't pay the new price until the following annual payment. 

Star on Disney Plus TV shows: every series at launch

Family Guy

Family Guy is getting a streaming home in the UK. (Image credit: 20th Century Television)

The TV show line-up for Star on Disney Plus at launch is below, and was provided by Disney a few weeks before the app was updated with the new offering. 

The first four originals on Disney Plus via Star have now begun releasing on the service. Love, Victor is a Hulu series about a young man trying to make a fresh start at a new high school while making sense of his sexual orientation, and Big Sky is a Montana-set thriller from ABC about private detectives trying to save kidnapping victims. 

The long-awaited animated series Solar Opposites from Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland is also coming to Star, along with the Marvel TV show Helstrom

New episodes of all four are releasing weekly on the service. 

Looking beyond that, there's a lot to look forward to on Star. If Disney makes a new show in the US, you're going to see it first on Star in the UK. Remember, this is all on top of Marvel and Star Wars shows that you're already enjoying on the service. 

2021 originals for Star on Disney Plus are confirmed to include Dopesick with Michael Keaton and Rosario Dawson, The Dropout starring Kate McKinnon, a host of FX originals like The Old Man with Jeff Bridges and "new content" from the Kardashian Jenner family. 

You can also expect to see American Horror Stories, Y: The Last Man and Only Murders in the Building land on Disney Plus in the UK as Star originals.

Three more originals were confirmed at Star's launch: Genius: Aretha from National Geographic, Erin Brockovich-inspired show Rebel and Black-ish spin-off Grown-ish

Disney Plus has confirmed 10 new European originals, with a bunch of UK-specific shows also on the verge of announcement, too. There's The Good Mothers, an Italian drama about mafia-affiliated women. Other Italian shows include romance series The Ignorant Angels and Boris, a continuation of an existing series about a show-within-a-show. 

Parallels is a French series about four teenagers who end up in a parallel world after a mysterious event occurs – this has been described as the "perfect Disney show", and comes from creator Quoc Dang Tran (Marianne on Netflix).

Other French series will eventually include Oussekine, a historical drama about the death of a student in 1986. Weekend Family is an eight-part comedy about the life of a new stepfamily, meeting on weekends. Soprano: Sing or Die is a documentary about French rapper, Soprano. 

Feyenoord Rotterdam is a Sunderland 'Til We Die-like drama about the Dutch football club. Sam – A Saxon is about Germany's first Black police officer, and is based on a true story. That one comes from the creator of Channel 4's Deutschland 83. Sultan City is a dark comedy about a matriarch who accidentally becomes a criminal overlord. 

Meanwhile, the extensive library content on Star includes everything from Lost, 24 and Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Desperate Housewives and Grey's Anatomy. Expect more library titles to arrive over time – including every episode of The Golden Girls, which is landing this summer. 

Here's the full launch line-up on the TV side, courtesy of Disney UK:

  • According to Jim
  • Alias
  • American Dad
  • Animal Fight Night
  • Apocalypse World War War I
  • Apocalypse: The Second World War
  • Atlanta
  • Big Sky
  • Black-Ish
  • Bloody Tales of Europe
  • Bloody Tales of the Tower
  • Bones
  • Brothers & Sisters
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Buried Secrets of WWII
  • Burn Notice
  • Castle
  • Code Black
  • Cougar Town
  • Desperate Housewives
  • Devious Maids
  • Drugs, Inc
  • Family Guy
  • Feud: Bette and Joan
  • Firefly
  • Flashforward
  • The Fosters
  • Futurama
  • The Gifted
  • Glee
  • Grey's Anatomy
  • Helstrom
  • The Hot Zone
  • How I Met Your Mother
  • Inside North Korea's Dynasty
  • The Killing
  • LA 92
  • Lance
  • Lie to Me
  • Lost
  • Love, Victor
  • Mafia Confidential
  • Maradona Confidential
  • Mars
  • Modern Family
  • OJ: Made in America
  • Perception
  • Prison Break
  • Raising Hope
  • Resurrection
  • Revenge
  • Rosewood
  • Scandal
  • Scream Queens
  • Scrubs
  • Sleepy Hollow
  • Snowfall
  • Solar Opposites
  • Sons of Anarchy
  • The Strain
  • Terra Nova
  • Terriers
  • Trust
  • Ugly Betty
  • Ultimate Survival WWII
  • Valley of the Boom
  • Witness to Disaster
  • WWII Bomb Hunters
  • The X-Files
  • The 2000s: The Decade We Saw It All
  • 24
  • 24: Legacy
  • The 80s: The Decade That Made Us
  • 9/11 Firehouse
  • The 90s: The Last Great Decade?
  • 9-1-1

Star on Disney Plus movies

Below you'll find a list of every Star movie that landed on Disney Plus UK on February 23, which includes a number of Oscar winners. More new movies will be added regularly, with Danny Boyle's The Beach, Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Taken and Gone in 60 Seconds coming in the following month.

Note that the final offering on Star might vary – this was correct as of late January 2021. 

Within the first year, too, expect to see the X-Men movie line-up bulked out with First Class and the phenomenal Logan, which are confirmed to land on Star.

  • The 13th Warrior
  • 42 to 1
  • 9 to 5
  • Adam (2009)
  • The Air Up There
  • The Alamo
  • Anna and the King
  • Annapolis
  • Another Earth
  • Another Stakeout
  • Anywhere But Here
  • Arachnophobia
  • Australia
  • Bachelor Party
  • Bad Ass
  • Bad Company (2002)
  • Bad Company (AKA: Tool Shed)
  • Bad Girls (1994)
  • Bad Times at the El Royale
  • Baggage Claim
  • The Banger Sisters
  • Be Water
  • Beaches
  • Before and After (1996)
  • Belle
  • Beloved (1998)
  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Best Laid Plans
  • Big Trouble
  • Billy Bathgate
  • Black Nativity
  • Borat
  • Boys Don't Cry
  • Braveheart
  • Breaking and Entering
  • Bringing Out the Dead
  • Broadcast News
  • Brokedown Palace
  • Broken Lizard's Club Dread
  • Brothers in Exile
  • Brown Sugar
  • Bubble Boy
  • Bulworth
  • Bushwhacked
  • Can't Buy Me Love
  • Casanova (2005)
  • Catch That Kid
  • Cedar Rapids
  • Chain Reaction
  • Chasing Tyson
  • Choke
  • The Clearing
  • Cleopatra (1963)
  • Cocktail
  • Cocoon: The Return
  • Cold Creek Manor
  • The Color of Money
  • Come See The Paradise
  • The Comebacks
  • Commando (1985)
  • Con Air
  • Conan the Barbarian
  • Confetti
  • Consenting Adults
  • A Cool Dry Place
  • Cousin Bette
  • Crazy/Beautiful
  • Crimson Tide
  • The Crucible
  • Cyrus
  • Damien - Omen II
  • The Darjeeling Unlimited
  • Dark Water
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)
  • The Day the Series Stopped
  • Day Watch
  • Deadpool 2
  • Dead Presidents
  • Deep Rising
  • Deion's Double Play
  • The Devil Wears Prada
  • Devil's Due
  • Die Hard 2
  • Die Hard with a Vengeance
  • Double Take
  • Down and Out in Beverly Hills
  • Down Periscope
  • Dragonball: Evolution
  • Dreaming of Joseph Lees
  • Drive Me Crazy
  • The Drop
  • Duets
  • The East
  • Ed Wood
  • The Edge
  • Encino Man
  • Enemy of the State
  • Enough Said
  • Evita
  • Exodus: Gods and Kings
  • The Fab Five (2011)
  • Far From the Madding Crowd (2015)
  • The Fault in Our Stars
  • The Favourite
  • The Final Conflict
  • Firestorm (1998)
  • The Fly (1986)
  • For the Boys
  • Four Falls of Buffalo
  • French Connection II
  • The French Connection
  • From Hell
  • Gentlemen Broncos
  • A Good Day to Die Hard
  • Good Morning, Vietnam
  • The Good Son (1993)
  • A Good Year
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Great White Hype
  • Grosse Pointe Blank
  • Guilty As Sin
  • Gun Shy
  • The Happening
  • Here on Earth
  • High Fidelity
  • High Hells and Low Lifes
  • Hitchcock
  • Hoffa
  • Holy Man
  • Hope Springs (2003)
  • I Heart Huckabees
  • I Love You, Beth Cooper
  • I Origins
  • I Think I Love My Wife
  • Idiocracy
  • In America
  • In Her Shoes
  • Independence Day
  • Independence Day: Resurgence
  • Inventing the Abbotts
  • Jennifer's Body
  • The Jewel of the Nile
  • John Tucker Must Die
  • Johnson Family Vacation
  • Jordan Rides the Bus
  • Joshua
  • Just Married
  • Just Wright
  • Kingdom Come
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service
  • Kissing Jessica Stein
  • Kung Pow: Enter the Fist
  • Ladyhawke
  • The Ladykillers (2004)
  • Last Dance (1996)
  • Le Divorce
  • The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
  • The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
  • Live Free or Die Hard
  • Looking for Richard
  • Mad Love (1995)
  • The Man From Snowy River
  • Margaret
  • Martha Marchy May Marlene
  • MASH
  • Max Payne
  • The Maze Runner
  • Medicine Man
  • Melinda and Melinda
  • Metro
  • Miami Rhapsody
  • Miller's Crossing
  • Moulin Rouge (2001)
  • My Father the Hero
  • Mystery, Alaska
  • The Namesake
  • Nature Boy
  • Never Die Alone
  • The Newton Boys
  • Night Watch (2006)
  • No Mas
  • Nothing to Lose
  • Notorious
  • Office Space
  • One Hour Photo
  • Oscar and Lucinda
  • The Other Woman (2014)
  • Our Family Wedding
  • Out to Sea
  • Pathfinder (2007)
  • Phat Girlz
  • Phone Booth
  • Planet of the Apes (1968)
  • Planet of the Apes (2001)
  • Pony Excess
  • The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
  • Post Grad
  • Powder
  • The Preacher's Wife
  • Pretty Woman
  • Primeval
  • The Puppet Masters
  • The Pyramid
  • Quills
  • Quiz Show
  • Ravenous
  • Rebound
  • Renaissance Man
  • Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise
  • The Ringer
  • The Rocker
  • Romancing the Stone
  • Ruby Sparks
  • Runaway Bride
  • Rushmore
  • Ruthless People
  • The Savages
  • Say it Isn't So
  • The Scarlet Letter
  • Sea of Shadows
  • The Secret Life of Bees
  • Separate Lies
  • The Sessions
  • Shadow Conspiracy
  • Shallow Hal
  • Shining Through
  • The Siege
  • Signs
  • Simon Birch
  • A Simple Twist of Fate
  • The Sitter (2011)
  • Six Days, Seven Nights
  • Sleeping with the Enemy
  • Solaris
  • Someone Like You
  • Soul Food
  • Spy Hard
  • Stakeout
  • Starship Troopers
  • Stoker
  • Super Troopers (2002)
  • Surrogates
  • Swing Kids
  • Taxi (2004)
  • Terminal Velocity
  • Thank You for Smoking
  • There's Something About Mary
  • The Thin Red Line (1999)
  • Three Fugitives
  • The Three Stooges (2012)
  • Titan AE
  • Tombstone
  • Toys
  • Trapped in Paradise
  • Tristan & Isolde
  • Up Close & Personal
  • VI Warshawski
  • Veronica Guerin
  • The Village (2004)
  • Von Ryan's Express
  • Waiting to Exhale
  • Waitress
  • Waking Life
  • The War of the Roses
  • The Watch (2012)
  • The Waterboy
  • The Way Way Back
  • What's Love Got to Do With It
  • When a Man Loves a Woman
  • White Men Can't Jump
  • William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet
  • Win Win
  • Woman on Top
  • Working Girl (1988)
  • The X-Files
  • The X-Files: I Want to Believe

Disney Plus parental controls: how they work

Disney Plus

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Disney Plus has implemented new parental controls to mark the launch of Star. Customers will be asked if they want to opt in to the expanded, 18+ rated library of content when they log in to the app now. The password will need to be re-entered to ensure the account owner is the one verifying any changes. 

Parents are then be able to set limits for profiles in the app based on content ratings, protecting children from mature content like the foul mouth of Die Hard's John McClane. A PIN can be used to stop younger people from accessing adult accounts.

There are seven content ratings in total, ranging from 0+ to 18+. The screenshot above shows you the different settings. 

For accounts with 18+ content permitted, Star shows and movies will be mixed among the existing Disney Plus offerings, for one massive slab of content. 

Star on Disney Plus does feature some 4K content

Not everything that comes from Star is available to watch in 4K – most older TV shows simply aren't available in this resolution – but some movies do support Ultra HD, including the Die Hard series. When you reach the app's homepage, you can scroll down and find the 'Ultra HD and HDR' category, which sums a lot of it up. 

Click the 'Details' button in the app to see if a show or movie is available in 4K.

Is Star worth the extra money on Disney Plus?


Ready to be annoyed by how confusing Lost is all over again? (Image credit: ABC/Disney Plus)

These are early days for Star on Disney Plus, but so far we're impressed by the vast increase in content available to watch on the service. The number of originals planned for future release is incredibly promising, too – meaning we'll constantly have new shows and movies to look forward to that aren't just linked to the Star Wars and Marvel universes.

Fingers crossed it keeps getting better. 

Samuel Roberts

Samuel is a PR Manager at game developer Frontier. Formerly TechRadar's Senior Entertainment Editor, he's an expert in Marvel, Star Wars, Netflix shows and general streaming stuff. Before his stint at TechRadar, he spent six years at PC Gamer. Samuel is also the co-host of the popular Back Page podcast, in which he details the trials and tribulations of being a games magazine editor – and attempts to justify his impulsive eBay games buying binges.