DISNEY+ is preparing to increase the subscription cost in the US very soon – but there is a clever way to try and avoid it.
From December 8, the service will cost $3 dollars more per month.
It'll go from $8 a month now to $11 after.
Although nothing has been officially announced for other countries like the UK just yet, some commentators expect a similar rise next year.
The price change comes just as Disney prepares to launch its own ad-supported cheaper tier.
Netflix has already started its own, charging $6.99 / £4.99.
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For anyone wanting to keep the standard Disney+ subscription with all the bells and whistles but not the price hike, there is a clever trick to avoid it.
Sadly, it won't allow you to escape the changes forever, but it does buy you some more time.
You can buy a year's access upfront, meaning if you do it before December 8 you're locking in the current (and soon-to-be old) price before it disappears for good.
So it's well worth considering ahead of the switch, which is a month away.
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Where US viewers are concerned, Disney is also increasing the price for Hulu.
But to sweeten the deal, the Mickey maker has some bundles.
For instance, you can get Disney+ and Hulu with ads for $9.99.
Adding ESPN+ into the mix makes it $12.99.
While the ad-supported tier is coming to the US in December, the company has plans to expand it internationally next year.
Adding a cheaper option is a way for Disney to entice more people to try out its popular streaming platform.
At the end of 2021, Disney+ had 130million paying customers.
Aside from ads, there could be some other huge differences.
Coding nerds recently went under the hood of the popular streaming service and found some revealing details.
GroupWatch and SharePlay may not be available on Disney+ Basic.
These allow users to remotely watch a film or TV show with friends and family.
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Screenshots of code shows a message that will apparently appear, reading: "Groupwatch and Shareplay unavailable for accounts on the ads tier."
But we will have to wait until it launches in December to see whether it comes true.
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