Disney announced a new subscription bundle that will offer access to three of the company’s digital services: Hulu, ESPN+, and Disney+. While the third service won’t be ready until November, the bundle offers a wide array of Disney-owned content for an even bigger demographic. Earlier this year, we learned that the standalone Disney+ plan will launch on November 12th, and will cost $69/year or $5.83/month without the bundle.
The new subscription plan isn’t a complete surprise, Disney has been hinted towards a single-price tier for its subscription services since Disney+ was first introduced. Once Disney acquired all of Hulu earlier this year, this new bundle seemed inevitable. The $12.99 package would include Disney+, Hulu’s basic ad-supported plan, and ESPN+ with live sports. Disney didn’t give the subscription bundle a name at this time, but the bundled price will save you $5/month over individual subscriptions to each service. The price is equivalent to Netflix’s most popular package, but unlike Netflix, the inclusion of ESPN+ gives subscribers live sports.
Disney didn’t offer any other details on the bundle, but did mention that the deal will be available to customers when Disney+ launches on November 12th. The bundle was confirmed by CEO Bob Iger during the company’s third-quarter earnings call on Tuesday afternoon. The bundle certainly has its advantages, and if you are currently subscribed to Hulu, you’ll get all of ESPN+ and Disney+ for just a few dollars more a month.
Disney+ is the future home of Marvel, Walt Disney Pictures, PIXAR, Star Wars, and National Geographic content. Not only will the service offer Disney’s extensive film library, Star Wars fans will get the former movies, the live-action series “The Mandalorian,” the new season of “Clone Wars,” and an untitled Cassian Andor series starring Diego Luna and Alan Tudyk. Disney is also releasing Marvel’s “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier”, “WandaVision,” “Loki,” “What-If?,” and “Hawkeye” on Disney+, which connect to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The service will also offer Disney original content for kids and teens. Disney outlined some of the original content coming to the service, which includes “Into the Unknown: Making Frozen 2;” “Forky Asks a Question;” “Lamp Life;” “The World According to Jeff Goldblum;” “Magic of the Animal Kingdom;” “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series;” “Monsters at Work;” “Diary of a Female President;” and the live-action films “Lady and the Tramp,” “Noelle,” “Togo,” Timmy Failure” “Stargirl;” and “The Phineas and Ferb Movie.” Disney also announced that Natalie Portman will Narrate a ‘Dolphin Reef’ documentary; Peyton Elizabeth Lee is starring in “Secret Society of Second Born Royals;” a “Chip ‘n’ Dale” show; and a “Flora & Ulysses” movie Adaptation.
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