In almost exactly one month, Disney will be making major changes to its streaming service, Disney+. For the first time, customers will be able to choose to pay less (or technically the same as they’re paying now) for a version of the service with ads, or pay a few dollars more for what they’re getting now: movies and shows. without commercial interruption.
Here’s how the new tiers and prices break down. These changes come into effect on December 8:
- Disney+ Basic (with ads): $7.99 per month
- Disney+ Premium (without advertising): $10.99 per month / $109.99 per year
These changes will also filter changes with the “Disney Bundle”, which lets you pay for a bundle for Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+. Here is how this package will now be priced:
- Basic Disney Pack – Disney+ and Hulu (with ads): $9.99 per month
- Basic Disney Pack – Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+ (with ads): $12.99 per month
- Disney Premium package – Disney+, Hulu (without ads), ESPN+ (with ads): $19.99
Disney first officially announced plans to add an ad-supported tier to Disney+ in March. Their version with ads comes just weeks after the company’s biggest streaming rival, Netflix, launched its own ad-supported tier. Netflix’s cheapest package (which includes ads) is cheaper than Disney+; it’s $6.99 versus $7.99. Its standard plan (which has no ads, but only 720p HD costs $9.99 per month compared to Disney+’s $10.99 per month. (To get better picture quality on Netflix, you have to pay 15 $.49 per month or $19.99 per month for 4K resolution.)
All of these new options for Disney+ go into effect on December 8. You have until then to decide whether to pay the same price and watch the ads, or pay extra to watch Andor Where She-Hulk with advertisements, or cancel entirely.