Disney+ has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with France’s leading pay-TV provider Canal Plus Group. As a result, Canal Plus will be the sole distributor of Disney+ in France when it launches March 31st.
Canal Plus will also continue to have exclusive rights to Disney content including their blockbuster films, and will also be the only distributor of Disney channels in France including Disney Channel and Disney Junior, and will keep distributing the National Geographic, Voyage and Fox Play channels.
Disney also has licensing deals in other key European markets, such as with Sky in the U.K., Italy and Germany. It remains to be seen how these deals will affect the content of Disney+ in the various European markets.
Canal Plus and Disney have already had a programming agreement for many years, giving Canal Plus access to films from Walt Disney Pictures, Marvel Studios, Pixar and Lucasfilm.