If you're a Hulu with Live TV subscriber who has been on the fence about adding Disney Plus or ESPN Plus to your streaming lineup, well no need to worry about that decision anymore. According to Variety, Hulu has been informing their 'Hulu with Live TV' subscribers that they will automatically get Disney Plus and ESPN Plus, as part of their service, starting Dec. 21. There's a slight sting in the tail as this comes with a price increase to their current monthly fee.
Hulu with Live TV is a TV streaming service that gives subscribers access to all of the content available with the standard Hulu service, plus they get live TV — this includes local ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC stations and a number of cable channels. Consumers could previously sign up for a Hulu with Live TV additional subscription that included Disney Plus and ESPN Plus, but now there'll be a standard plan for existing and new subscribers.
Currently, a standard Hulu with Live TV subscription costs $64.99 per month with ads and $70.99 per month without ads. The new Disney bundles are priced at an extra $5 per month — costing $69.99 with ads and $75.99 without.
Any Hulu with Live TV subscribers that had previously paid for Disney+ and/or ESPN+ as an add-on will be rolled over to the new plan and their accounts credited, where applicable.
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So what does this mean as far as shows? What’s available to watch on these new combined subscriptions?
Subscribers will still have access to the 75 channels and on-demand content that Hulu with Live TV offers but they will also get the full programming lineup of Disney+ and the original and live sports programming of ESPN+.
Highlights for that include Disney+ original series like Loki, Hawkeye and, coming down the pipeline, the new Star Wars series The Book of Boba Fett. The inclusion of ESPN+ gives a boost to Hulu with Live TV’s live sports output, with the addition of thousands of NHL regional broadcasts, exclusive college basketball games and more.
If you are not currently a subscriber but are keen to try out one of these new plans, Hulu does offer a seven-day free trial. So, come Dec. 21, you can try out this brand-new experience to see if it is the right fit for you.
Michael Balderston is a D.C.-based entertainment writer and content producer for What to Watch. He previously has written for TV Technology and Awards Circuit.
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