Disney Plus price to increase, but savings available on ad-supported tier.

Disney Plus price to increase, but savings available on ad-supported tier.

Disney Raises Prices for Streaming Services, But the Magic Continues

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Disney fans, get ready for a dose of news that might make you wince initially, but fear not, there’s still plenty of magic to be had. The house of Mickey Mouse is raising the prices of several of its popular streaming services, including the ad-free versions of Disney Plus and Hulu. But before you start panicking, let’s take a closer look at what these changes mean.

Disney announced last month that starting October 12th, the monthly subscription fee for the ad-free version of Disney Plus will increase from $11 to $14. Likewise, Hulu without ads will go up to $18 per month from $15. Disney is also adjusting the annual price for an ad-free Disney Plus subscription, which will rise from $110 to $140. Now, I know what you’re thinking – that’s quite an increase. But hold your horses, there’s more to the story.

Existing subscribers won’t be immediately affected, as they will only be charged the new prices at their next billing cycle on or after October 12th. So, at least for now, you can enjoy your streaming fix without shelling out extra cash. The monthly price of Disney Plus and Hulu’s ad-supported tiers will remain unchanged. In fact, Disney is even offering a special discount for its ad-based Disney Plus tier. Eligible new and returning subscribers can snag the service for just $2 a month for the first three months, until September 20th. After that, it reverts back to the regular $8 per month. For those who love a good deal, this is music to their ears.

But wait, there’s still more. Disney is also upping the price on its bundles that combine Disney Plus, Hulu, and ESPN Plus. The existing Trio Basic bundle, which includes the ad-supported versions of all three services, will now cost $15 per month, up from $13. And if you prefer an ad-free experience for Disney Plus and Hulu within the bundle, you’ll be looking at $25 per month, up from $20. Yet, even with these adjustments, Disney still manages to offer great value packages for fans who can’t get enough of their incredible content.

Standalone ESPN Plus subscribers will also see a slight increase in their prices. The monthly fee will rise from $10 to $11, while the yearly cost will go up from $100 to $110. Now, this hike might not be as tough to swallow for sports enthusiasts who are already invested in the service.

Let’s switch gears for a moment and talk about Hulu Plus Live TV. For those who enjoy live TV with ads, the price will go up from $70 to $77 per month. And if you prefer the version without ads, get ready to pay $90 per month, up from $83. It might seem a bit hefty, but remember, you’re also getting access to a wide range of channels and content.

Now, in the midst of all these price changes, Disney introduced a game-changer – the Duo Premium bundle. For $20 a month, you’ll have ad-free access to both Disney Plus and Hulu. That’s a $12 monthly savings compared to subscribing to the ad-free versions of these services separately. So, for the fans out there who want the best of both worlds, this bundle is a dream come true.

It’s worth noting that Disney has gradually increased the prices of its streaming platforms since 2019. However, they are not the only ones making these adjustments. Other streamers such as Starz, Paramount Plus, and Peacock have also announced price increases. It seems to be a common trend as content providers strive to balance the costs of producing quality content with providing a fair value to their subscribers.

So, while news of price hikes may initially cause some groans, it’s important to remember that Disney is constantly working to deliver an incredible streaming experience. With a vast library of beloved movies, exclusive originals like “WandaVision” and “The Mandalorian,” and exciting future projects in the works, it’s clear that Disney remains dedicated to enchanting its audience. And let’s be real, the joy and entertainment these streaming services bring into our lives are well worth the investment. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy the show – the Disney magic continues, now just a fairy tale away.