Disney+ and Hulu Merging Into Single App, Beta Coming in December

Disney today said that it will soon combine Disney+ and Hulu into one streaming service, with a unified app to be available in a beta capacity next month.

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Disney CEO Bob Iger first announced plans to merge Hulu and Disney+ into a single app earlier this year. The app will first be offered to those who subscribe to the Disney+ and Hulu bundle, providing those customers with one app to access all their content. Right now, Disney offers a combined bundle that features Disney+ and Hulu, but subscribers need to download two separate apps. Pricing for the app has not been announced, but the current ad-supported Hulu and Disney+ bundle costs $9.99 per month, while the version without ads costs $19.99 per month.

During today's fourth quarter earnings call, Iger confirmed that Disney is on track to roll out the unified app in the United States starting in December, with an official launch to follow in spring 2024.

Disney earlier this month said that it will pay Comcast over $8 billion to purchase Comcast's Hulu shares, which would see Disney being the sole owner of Hulu and will allow for the combined app.

Disney in October increased the price of both Disney+ and Hulu in an effort to bring in more revenue. Ad-free Disney+ is now priced at $13.99 per month, while ad-free Hulu costs $17.99 per month.

Top Rated Comments

Rounder077 Avatar
7 months ago
Ehhhh....we're pretty much going back to cable, aren't we?
Score: 30 Votes (Like | Disagree)
whitby Avatar
7 months ago
I don't have Disney + but subscribe to Hulu. I hope they do not force us to have both or neither. I am quite happy with Hulu and Disney+ is a waste of money for us.
Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)
HobeSoundDarryl Avatar
7 months ago
Bring on those higher prices! Clearly consumers will just pay anything. Maybe double pricing but then bill 3 times each month so it can be spun to look like lower payments (in spite of more of them)?

Call this "special introductory pricing" to create the illusion of a deal, then end the introductory period by doubling the price again but billing 6 times each month to keep each payment the same. Geniu$!

And why don't you switch from fixed pricing to variable, with maybe 2 choices to foster an illusion of consumer choice/control: $AYH* and/or $HMYG** pricing? Shareholders should rejoice. ;)

*All You Have
**How Much You Got?
Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Fuzzball84 Avatar
7 months ago
Why don’t they just combine this all into one big package and have a dedicated cable to deliver it to said subscribers.

Provide them a free box to decode the sent content and have it like a phone contract, yearly subscription.

It makes so much sense.

They could even incorporate commercial breaks and have different tiers… like number of streamlining channels.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Pakaku Avatar
7 months ago
Boy, I love hostile takeovers and big businesses getting bigger
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Vimy Avatar
7 months ago
So it's now the same app everyone outside the US already had. :p
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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