Disney+ Hotstar to launch in Malaysia on 1 June; access to over 800 flims

THE highly anticipated streaming service Disney+ Hotstar will launch in Malaysia on June 1 with viewers can subscribe directly for RM54.90 for three months or through special packages made available by Astro.

Featuring over 800 films and 18,000 episodes, the service encompasses both Marvel blockbusters and their series, Disney favourites, Disney+ Originals, and top local and Asian movies and drama series, among others.

Subscribers will enjoy Disney+ Originals such as The Mandalorian and High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, and Marvel Studios’ WandaVision, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, and Loki.

This is in addition to the latest blockbuster releases and library content, including Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame, Avengers: Infinity War, and Black Panther; Disney’s live action adaptations – Mulan, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, The Lion King, Aladdin, and Beauty and the Beast.

Underpinning its support for the local film community, Disney+ Hotstar has entered into a series of multi-year agreements with leading Malaysian studios such as Skop Productions, Revolution Media Films, Primeworks Studios, WAU Animation, Act 2 Pictures, Les’ Copaque Production, Red Films and more.

These multi-year agreements mean that Disney+ Hotstar will be the exclusive home to some of Malaysia’s most anticipated blockbusters which will skip theatres and launch straight on the streaming service.

They include J2: J Retribusi, the explosive action-packed sequel to the blockbuster J Revolusi (starring Zul Ariffin, Ashraf Sinclair and Amelia Henderson); Zombitopia (starring Shaheizy Sam, Bront Palarae and Sharifah Amani); and Ada Hantu (starring Hairul Azreen).

Ejen Ali The Movie 2 will also stream exclusively on Disney+ Hotstar after its theatrical debut.

 “Launching Disney+ Hotstar in Malaysia, in collaboration with Astro, is an important milestone for us as we continue expanding our footprint in Southeast Asia to bring our compelling entertainment offering to consumers in the region,” commented The Walt Disney Company (Taiwan, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia) general manager David Shin.

“We are tremendously excited to be able to deliver a wide array of content for everyone of all ages through our world-class platform, covering the best from Disney’s brands across a multitude of genres.” 

Meanwhile, Astro’s group CEO Henry Tan said the Malaysian satellite television provider is delighted to aggregate the best of the best to be the undisputed entertainment destination for Malaysians.

“Our customers deserve great entertainment and the addition of Disney+ Hotstar with our much-loved hits, local signatures and unparalleled sports would delight them,” he pointed out.

“Disney+ Hotstar will be available to our customers from June 1 and we are working towards making Disney+ Hotstar available via our Ultra and Ulti connected boxes later this year.” – May 4, 2021

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