How to watch 'Dancing With The Stars' Season 31? Dance reality show leaves its home network after 17 years

Season 31 of 'Dancing With the Stars' has a new home thanks to Disney+

How to watch 'Dancing With The Stars' Season 31? Dance reality show leaves its home network after 17 years
Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli, and Len Goodman in 'Dancing with the Stars' (IMDb)
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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: This fall, 'Dancing With The Stars' is making a big move. The reality competition series, which formerly aired on ABC for 17 years, will begin airing live exclusively on Disney+ in September.

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As the 31st season of 'Dancing With the Stars' begins, the show is undertaking a number of important changes. After 17 years on ABC, the dance competition will move to Disney+, becoming the service's first live series. In addition, there will be a new host on the show. While Tyra Banks will be back, she will be accompanied by co-host Alfonso Ribeiro, who previously won the Mirrorball Trophy with pro dancer Witney Carson in 2014.

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How to watch 'Dancing With The Stars' Season 31?

Season 31 will premiere on Disney+ on Monday, September 19, and will air live across the nation at 8 pm ET/ 5 pm PT. The program is leaving its home network of ABC in favor of the streaming service Disney+ for the first time. This implies that viewers will have to pay to watch 'DWTS.' The show's move was first announced in April. Disney+, like Hulu or Netflix, is a streaming service. Fortunately for fans, they are now offering a Disney+ Day promotion that will go through September 19. The offer includes one month of access for $1.99. After then, it costs $7.99 each month. There will be no ad breaks on Disney+.

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"Dancing with the Stars has been a beloved staple on ABC for 30 seasons and brought so much joy to millions of viewers,” Dana Walden, Chairman of Entertainment, Walt Disney Television, stated in a statement. "As we’re significantly expanding our unscripted slate at ABC, this is a great opportunity to introduce this show to a whole new generation of fans on Disney+. We’re so grateful to our incredible partners at BBC Studios and look forward to continuing our relationship with them on this spectacular series, which will continue to be overseen by Rob Mills and the talented Walt Disney Television Alternative team.” Conrad Green is the showrunner, and he and Deena Katz executive produce the show. Hulu is presently streaming previous seasons of 'Dancing With the Stars.'

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Season 31 of 'Dancing With the Stars' is the first live reality program to air on US streaming platforms. The season will run without commercial interruptions, in keeping with Disney+'s existing policy of no advertisements on the channel. However, that will change on December 8, when the company introduces its ad-supported tier known as Disney+ Basic, albeit 'DWTS' is scheduled to be completed by then. This season, viewers can probably expect ad-free episodes throughout the season. It's unclear whether Season 32, which is already a go at Disney+, will stream live with advertisements on Disney+ Basic.

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BBC Studios' Los Angeles production arm produces 'Dancing With the Stars' in front of a live audience. The program will most likely resemble similar to past editions, with professional dancers and celebrities matched to compete in dance challenges (which include Disney-themed nights), with the only notable difference being the absence of commercial interruptions. Disney+ is offered as a separate streaming service or as part of The Disney Bundle, which includes ESPN+, Hulu, and Disney+ access. The streamer claims that The Disney Bundle is the ideal method to watch Season 31, yet it appears that all viewers will need is a Disney+ account to watch the show. Visit disneyplus.com for additional information on the package, or download the Disney+ app on most mobile and connected TV devices.

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Season 31 of 'Dancing With the Stars' premieres on Disney+ on Monday, September 19.

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