UPDATE: On Sunday, 11/10/2019, Disney brought the countdown clocks on DisneyPlus.com and StarWars.com in sync. They now both count down to 6 am Eastern, 3 am Pacific.
The Mandalorian’s release time has been revealed! Sort of…
While not officially announced, the countdown clock on StarWars.com’s home page shows that the show will “go live” at 9 am Eastern, 6 am Pacific. This contrasts with the countdown clock on DisneyPlus.com, which is currently counting down to 6 am Eastern.
Why the difference? It’s logistics. The service itself has to go live before the show does, and while there’s no reason to suspect the launch won’t be smooth, as testing in The Netherlands has gone well, there’s always a chance things go wrong. The last thing Disney needs is throngs of angry fans complaining on Day 1 that they can’t watch their show immediately because of technical problems.
More importantly, unless you’re going to view the show on a laptop or device by directly visiting the Disney+ website, you’re going to need to download an app and presumably go through some kind of account setup process. I personally preordered Disney+ months ago when the d23 offer was available, and I have received literally zero communication about setting up a username or password. I’ve actually received almost no marketing at all, just a confirmation email for my purchase and a notification about the first The Mandalorian trailer’s release.
While I don’t expect the setup to take long, I’m sure Disney wants people to not feel rushed, and give them time to explore the service a little bit before they dig into the show.
What remains to be seen is if The Mandalorian’s episodes will always go live at 9 am Eastern, or if this just for the first one. We’ll know for sure on November 15th, when the second episode is released. For all the release dates, check out the full schedule, or sign up to be notified via Twitter when each episode goes live.
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We’ll have more coverage of The Mandalorian all week long, leading up to the premiere on Tuesday, November 12th!