A shockingly low monthly subscription turned Disney+ into an instant hit. Within months of its launch, more than 28 million people had subscribed to the streaming service. A year later, worldwide subscriptions to Disney+ had surpassed 137 million. But price increases are on the horizon. Here’s what you need to know about this affordable streaming service.
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Disney+ Plans and Pricing
While Disney plans to make its streaming service a truly global operation, it set its initial launch in five countries. The streaming service launched in the United States, Canada and The Netherlands on November 12, 2019 and in Australia and New Zealand one week later. Further expansion in Europe occurred throughout 2020.
Plans and Pricing in the United States
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The standard Disney+ subscription plan only costs $7.99 per month. For that low price, you get everything in the content library as well as all of the features Disney+ offers. There are no extra fees and no need to upgrade to get features like simultaneous streaming or 4K resolution content. Getting the $79.99 annual subscription will save you nearly $16 over the monthly plan.
Another option is a bundle of streaming services owned by The Walt Disney Company — Disney+, ESPN+ and the ad-supported version of Hulu. If you subscribed to each service separately, you’d end up paying a lot more. With the ad-supported version of Hulu, the bundle costs $13.99 per month. Getting rid of the ads in Hulu’s on-demand content adds another $6 to the monthly charge.
Plans and Pricing Elsewhere
As Disney+ expanded into other countries, it priced its service just as competitively. Generally speaking, the price was consistent with the American price once adjusted for the exchange rates. That changed as Disney expanded into India and Latin America under the Hotstar brand.
Free Trial for Disney+ Plans
Disney+ launched with the same kind of free 7-day trial that other streaming services offer. But the company changed plans in mid-2020 and dropped its free plans. One reason for the change was the pre-release of its hit film Mulan on the streaming service. No doubt, the other reason is how little trouble Disney+ has had gaining subscribers.
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Your subscription will automatically renew at whatever price the Disney+ plans are. On a month-to-month plan, you’ll get hit with any price increases as soon as the next month rolls around. That’s an extra benefit of the annual plan — you lock in today’s rate for twelve months.