Why is Dancing With the Stars now on Disney+?

Dancing With the Stars has been on our screens for 30 seasons. Yes, you read that number correctly. For the past 16 years, ABC has hosted the popular dance competition that has crowned winners including Hannah Brown, Adam Rippon, Jordan Fisher, Amber Riley and Nyle DiMarco. Everyone and their moms seem to have been on the show at this point, but the network is finding more and more people to compete. However, for seasons 31 and 32, the show is moving from ABC to Disney+.

Why is “Dancing with the stars“on Disney+?

In a unique move, Disney – ABC’s parent company – decided to move “Dancing With the Stars” to the streaming service, making it the first live show to air on Disney+. The announcement also mentioned the reason for the big change: football. “After more than 30 seasons of the program on ABC, including two spin-offs, ‘Dancing with the Stars’ will be pulled from ABC this fall to allow the network to present multiple Monday Night Football games, as well as develop and invest in new and future programming ‘ read an announcement to ABC’s affiliates (via Deadline).

How will Dancing With the Stars be different on Disney+?

So what does this mean for “DWTS” fans? Well, if you want to keep watching the show, you need to subscribe to Disney+ now. When Season 31 returns this fall, it’s only available to stream on Disney+, and it’ll still be live — but it’ll just be in a different location. Since Disney+ has no commercial breaks, it also means you’ll be dancing a lot more as the show replaces the usual 34-minute commercials with more choreo, according to Variety. Moving to Disney+ also means it’s easier to watch again after it originally aired, or watch it later if you miss it.

That’s the beauty of streaming services! Season 31 of Dancing With the Stars premieres September 19 on Disney+.

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