Disney+, a video streaming service owned and operated by The Walt Disney Company, has just confirmed its Middle East launch date: June 8th.
In the UAE, the service will cost 29.99 AED a month or 298.99 AED a year. Disney+ subscribers can access a large library of content produced by The Walt Disney Studios and Walt Disney Television, including original films and television series.
“Subscribers will have access to Star Wars’ The Book of Boba Fett and The Mandalorian from executive producer and writer Jon Favreau,” Disney+ highlights some of its content. “Subscribers will also be able to enjoy Disney and Pixar’s Academy Award-nominated Luca and from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Academy Award-winning Encanto.”
With a single Disney+ subscription, subscribers can watch films and television series on up to four devices at the same time and create profiles for up to seven people. Parents can create special kid-friendly profiles for the youngest family members to enable a child-friendly user interface and restrict access to potentially inappropriate content.
Disney+ started in 2019 in the United States, Canada, and several other countries. The service has been steadily expanding to other markets since then.
All countries (and price guide) where Disney+ is launching on June 8th:
As of January 2022, Disney+ has around 130 million global subscribers, making it the third-largest video streaming service in the world, after Netflix (222 million) and Amazon Primo Video (175 million).
Spotify Is Experimenting With Artist NFT Collections
According to a recent survey, it seems that the currently tested NFT collections are just the first step toward a much broader implementation of NFTs into the platform.
NFT sales may have declined by 92 percent since September 2021, but that’s not stopping Spotify from experimenting with a new feature that lets artists display their non-fungible token (NFT) collections on the music streaming platform.
At the moment, only a small group of artists are taking part in the experiment, including Steve Aoki and The Wombats. What’s more, only select US users of the Spotify app for Android can see NFTs when they visit the profile pages of the aforementioned artists.
“Spotify is running a test in which it will help a small group of artists promote their existing third-party NFT offerings via their artist profiles,” said Spotify spokesperson. “We routinely conduct a number of tests in an effort to improve artist and fan experiences.”
It’s important to point out that not all Spotify experiments result in new features. It all depends on the feedback the music streaming platform receives from users.
According to a survey some Spotify users have recently received, it seems that the currently tested NFT collections are just the first step toward a much broader implementation of NFTs into the platform. More specifically, Spotify seems to be thinking about allowing its users to directly purchase NFT art to support their favorite artists.
Considering how polarizing NFTs have been since their inception in 2014, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that many Spotify users have immediately expressed their dissatisfaction with the idea of NFTs becoming part of the Spotify music listening experience.
Other large tech companies are also experimenting with NFTs. Instagram, for example, started testing NFT integration last week, allowing NFT creators and collectors to display their tokens on the platform. Mark Zuckerberg himself believes that NFTs and digital collectibles in general will play an integral role in the metaverse, the new iteration of the internet.