Days before Disney+ launches in the US the long-gestating streaming service has finally set a date UK fans can buy a subscription. Before we get to the launch date, let's quickly remember that Disney+ is adopting the weekly episode format for all its original shows. So, American audiences and other countries that are getting Disney+ this year will have to wait for a whole week (or a couple of days in some cases) to watch the next episode.

What you may have deduced is that Disney+ isn't coming to the UK imminently, in fact, it's not going to be here this year. Okay, so a January 2020 launch it is, right? Nope, Disney+ will arrive in the UK on March 31st, 2020, that's more than four months away. Now I stop to think about it, Disney may still decide to release episodes weekly, so maybe there is no silver lining to be found. Disney's CEO Bob Iger confirmed that the streaming service would launch in "The United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Spain (and more to be announced soon) starting on March 31. ("titles may vary by territory)."

The highly anticipated Star Wars series The Mandalorian first episode will be available on launch day with the second instalment dropping three days later. The trailers have been impressive clocking up millions of views worldwide, as the first-ever live-action Star Wars series, it's fair to say that expectations are high. Created by Jon Favreau (Iron Man), The Mandalorian is one of the dozens of original TV shows heading to Disney+ over the next twelve months. The line-up of Marvel and Star Wars based titles makes buying a subscription a must, it's just a shame Disney wants to wait four more months to take my money already. 

Disney+ is available on November 12 in the US, and on March 31, 2020, in the UK.