In potentially bad news for your wallet, you’ll have to shell out a bit more soon if you want to keep watching Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ without ads. Disney is hiking the prices of ad-free subscriptions in the US this year, coinciding with the launch of its ad-supported version of Disney+.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, Disney+’s ad-supported tier will launch on December 8th and cost $7.99 a month — the same price the ad-free tier is now. As a result, the ad-free tier will then jump up to $10.99 a month or $109.99 a year, equalling a $3 monthly increase or $30 yearly increase.
Meanwhile, beginning October 10th, Hulu will raise prices for all its subscribers. The ad-supported tier, which is currently $6.99 a month or $69.99 a year, will jump to $7.99 a month or $79.99 a year. Hulu’s current $12.99 ad-free tier will then be bumped up to $14.99 a month with no option for a yearly subscription, as is the case already. Lastly, ESPN+ will leap from its $6.99 monthly or $69.99 yearly price to $9.99 and $99.99, respectively.
This, of course, means the price of the Disney bundle will have to adjust accordingly. For ad-free Disney+, ad-free Hulu, and ad-free ESPN+, your monthly damage will be $19.99. If you subscribe to the existing bundle — which consists of Disney+ (no ads), Hulu (with ads) and ESPN+ — you’ll see just a slight increase from $13.99 a month to $14.99 a month.
You do have the opportunity to save a few bucks if sports aren’t your thing: The ad-supported bundle of Disney+ and Hulu without ESPN+ will cost $9.99 a month, but with ESPN+, it’ll cost $13.99 a month. Subscription bundles with the Hulu + Live TV offering will also now start at $69.99 a month.
It’s also worth noting that as of today (August 10th), the total number of Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ subscribers just surpassed Netflix in total subscribers. It marks the first time a struggling Netflix has ever been surpassed by another streaming company.
“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,” Kareem Daniel, the chairman of Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution, wrote in a statement. See the price breakdown of the subscriptions below.
Individual Subscription Prices:
-Disney+ (beginning Dec. 8): $7.99/month (ads); $10.99/month or $109.99/year (without ads)
-Hulu (beginning Oct. 10): $7.99/month or $79.99/year (ads); $14.99/year (without ads)
-ESPN+ (beginning Aug. 23): $9.99/month or $99.99/year (ads)
Disney Bundle Prices:
-Disney+ (ads) and Hulu (ads): $9.99/month
-Disney+ (ads), Hulu (ads), ESPN+: $12.99/month
-Disney+ (without ads), Hulu (ads), ESPN+: $14.99/month, only for existing subscribers
-Disney+ (without ads), Hulu (without ads), ESPN+: $19.99/month
Hulu + Live TV Prices:
-Disney+ (ads), Hulu + Live TV (ads), ESPN+: $69.99/month
-Disney+ (without ads), Hulu + Live TV (ads), ESPN+: $74.99/month, only for existing subscribers
-Disney+ (without ads), Hulu + Live TV (without ads), ESPN+: $82.99/month