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JUST ANNOUNCED: Later this year, fans will enjoy COMMERCIALS & ADS on Disney+ (or they’ll have to pay more)

During the company’s third-quarter earnings call on Wednesday, Disney execs continued to clarify a decision recently shared regarding ad-supported versions of its streaming platforms: Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+, and the Disney bundle.

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While fans knew Disney had plans to introduce ad-supported streaming on the Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ platforms, we weren’t sure about when the change would be effective. But today, during The Walt Disney Company’s earnings call, Disney execs made the announcement that the introduction will take place beginning December 8, 2022, in the U. S.

“Disney+ will introduce its much-anticipated ad-supported subscription offering in the U.S., delivering more choice to consumers than ever before,” reads the press release on The Walt Disney Company’s website. “With the launch, a new and comprehensive slate of subscription plans will be made available across Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+, and the Disney Bundle, giving viewers ultimate flexibility in choosing an option that suits their needs.”

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As with any Disney price increase, fans–or in this case, subscribers–were assured that the changes will be behooving for them and the experience they have via Disney’s streaming platforms (i.e., “delivering more choice,” “giving viewers ultimate flexibility”).

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“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,” said Kareem Daniel, Chairman of Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution. “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.”

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Disney’s new direct-to-consumer pricing in the U. S. will be as follows:

Stand-alone Streaming Plans

Subscription Plan Monthly Annual
Disney+ Basic (With Ads) $7.99 N/A
Disney+ Premium (No Ads) $10.99 $109.99
Hulu Basic (With Ads)* $7.99 $79.99
Hulu Premium (No Ads)* $14.99 N/A
ESPN+ With Ads** $9.99 $99.99
ESPN+ UFC PPV** $74.99 (Per Event) N/A
ESPN+ UFC PPV + Annual** N/A $124.98

Streaming Bundle Plans

Subscription Plan Monthly
Basic (With Ads) Disney+, Hulu $9.99
Basic (With Ads) Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+ $12.99
Legacy*** Disney+ (No Ads), Hulu (With Ads), ESPN+ (With Ads) $14.99
Premium Disney+ (No Ads), Hulu (No Ads), ESPN+ (With Ads) $19.99

Hulu and Live-TV plans

Subscription Plan Monthly
Basic (With Ads) Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+ $69.99
Legacy*** Disney+ (No Ads), Hulu (With Ads), ESPN+ (With Ads) $74.99
Premium Disney+ (No Ads), Hulu (No Ads), ESPN+ (With Ads) $82.99

The pricing increases don’t go into effect until December 8, the same day that Disney rolls out its ad-supported streaming plans.

About Becky Burkett

I'm an enthusiastic writer who finds joy in random things like cold weather, snow, "I Love Lucy," "The Andy Griffith Show," journals full of blank paper, countdowns to Christmas, the month of December, "Toy Story," "Sleeping Beauty," my 4 kids, my 4 shih tsus, Disney Parks history, Imagineering and visiting the parks. I think Walt Disney is the standard against which genius should be measured. I love to write about Disney Parks, Disney history, all things Imagineering and PIXAR. I adore the colors, story and art direction of Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" (Team Make it Blue!), and "Toy Story" is life (minus "Toy Story 4"). I believe Walt Disney was so much more than an entertainment and theme park tycoon; I believe he was a savant with a vision for life and how it could be if happiness and kindness are strived for. I love Biergarten at EPCOT and 1900 Park Fare at Disney's Grand Floridian. You can find me croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room, chillin' on the PeopleMover or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. I'm always looking for Imagineers in the parks, and I'd rather meet Joe Rohde and Tony Baxter than anyone in Hollywood! Hey, if you dream it, you really can do it!