When Disney+ launches on Tuesday, Nov. 12 (for U.S. subscribers; and then rolled out to the rest of the world over two years), the new service’s ad-free content will cost $6.99/month (or $69.99/year).
But Disney CEO Bob Iger announced during a Tuesday earnings call that a bundle that combines the well-stocked Disney+ with Hulu’s ad-supported basic service ($5.99/month) as well as ESPN+ ($4.99/month) will total just $12.99/month.
The “catch” is that, as noted above, you get “Hulu with ads,” and there are no plans to offer a bundle with the ad-free version of Hulu.
Disney+ will launch with about 7,500 episodes of television, including The Mandalorian, an original live-action Star Wars series from Jon Favreau; 5,000 episodes of Disney Channel content; every The Simpsons episode ever; and more than 250 hours of content from Nat Geo.
A slate of original Marvel series will start rolling in fall of 2020, beginning with The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. (Get details on the other Marvel release dates.)
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On the movie front, Disney+ will launch with more than 300 titles, including eight Star Wars pics, four from Marvel, nearly 20 Pixar-produced features/shorts, 100 Disney Channel Original Movies, and 70 films from the Disney “vault.”
But is that $12.99 price point attractive enough to make suffering Hulu ad loads worth your while?