Earlier this year, Disney+ announced it would be adding an ad-supported tier to its service and this week we have learned of the U.S. launch date and pricing.
The information was released yesterday by The Walt Disney Company (TWDC) as part of their Third Quarter Fiscal Report.
During the announcement, Kareem Daniel, Chairman, Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution said:
“With our new ad-supported Disney+ offering and an expanded lineup of plans across our entire streaming portfolio, we will be providing greater consumer choice at a variety of price points to cater to the diverse needs of our viewers and appeal to an even broader audience.
Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ feature unparalleled content and viewing experiences and offer the best value in streaming today, with over 100,000 movie titles, TV episodes, original shows, sports, and live events collectively.”
TWDC CEO Bob Chapek also said there will be “no ads in kids profiles or pre-school” at launch.
No word on what the plans are for ad-supported Disney+ outside of the U.S. I guess they’ll learn from this market before rolling out to others.
Disney will launch the ad-supported subscription offering for U.S. customers on December 8, 2022.
The cost for Disney+ Basic (with ads) will be $7.99 per month with no annual offering.
The Disney+ Premium no-ads plans, currently $7.99 a month or $79.99/year, will change to $10.99 a month or $109.99 annually.
Disney loves to bundle Hulu and ESPN+ with Disney+, and if you have one of those bundles, here are the new pricing:
Disney Basic (with ads) with Hulu will be $9.99 per month, and with Hulu and ESPN+ will be $12.99 monthly.
Current customers with Disney+ (no ads), Hulu (with ads), and ESPN+ (with ads) will be $14.99 per month.
And those with Disney+ (no ads), Hulu (no ads), and ESPN+ (with ads) will pay $19.99 monthly.
Hulu + Live TV
Hulu + Live TV also comes with Disney+ and ESPN+ now, so here are those prices:
A Basic subscription, with ads on all three offerings, will be $69.99 per month.
Current customers with Disney+ (no ads), Hulu + Live (with ads), and ESPN+ (with ads) will pay $74.99 monthly.
And finally, an account ith no ads for Disney+ and Hulu (though Live TV will have ads), and ESPN+ (with ads), will be $82.99.
Will you be getting Disney+ with ads when it launches? Let us know in the comments.