Verizon to give 5G, Fios customers a year’s worth of free Disney content

US comms giant will offer all new and existing 4G LTE and 5G unlimited wireless customers access to the forthcoming Disney+ direct-to-consumer service

A year’s worth of free access to the likes of Star Wars, Disney, Pixar, Marvel and National Geographic will be on offer from US comms giant Verizon, which has sealed an exclusive wireless content carrier partnership with Disney.

From 12 November, Verizon will begin offering to all new and existing 4G LTE and 5G unlimited wireless customers 12 months’ access to the forthcoming Disney+ direct-to-consumer service, which aims to steal market share from video-on-demand providers Netflix and Amazon.

Disney+ will be the dedicated streaming home for movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic and other parts of the huge Disney TV and film library.

The package also includes never-before-seen original programming, such as feature-length films, series, documentaries and short-form content made exclusively for Disney+. In its first year alone, Disney+ has committed to releasing more than 25 original series and 10 original films and documentaries.

Verizon is also making Disney+ available free of charge to new customers of its Fios home internet cable service and 5G home internet customers. It is also working with Disney to bring its 5G ultra wideband technology to Disney Innovation Studios and in the company’s theme parks.

Hans Vestberg, chairman and CEO at Verizon, said: “Giving Verizon customers an unprecedented offer and access to Disney+ on the platform of their choice is yet another example of our commitment to provide the best premium content available through key partnerships on behalf of our customers.”

Kevin Mayer, chairman, direct-to-consumer and international at the Walt Disney Company, added: “The launch of Disney+ kicks off a new era of streaming for the Walt Disney Company, bringing nearly a century’s worth of content from our iconic studios to consumers directly.”

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