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This is the last call for sports fans to save on ESPN+ — or for any other budget-minded cord cutter, for that matter. Starting Aug. 23, the Walt Disney Co.-owned streaming service will increase its monthly subscription rate to $10 (or $100 per year), a jump up of more than 40 percent from its current price of $7 per month or $70 per year.
The price hike comes after ESPN+ bumped up its monthly rates by $1 last year, and the streamer’s parent company is also increasing the subscription prices for Hulu beginning on Oct. 10 and Disney+ starting Dec. 8.
In October, the monthly rates for Hulu’s base plans will start at $8 monthly (up from $7) for the ad-supported tier or $15 per month (currently $13) for the ad-free option. In December, Disney+ will add an ad-supported plan starting at $8 per month (the streaming service’s current price), bumping up the ad-free tier to $11 monthly (or $110 per year).
Right now, you can get the Disney bundle with Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu without ads for $20 per month, and there’s also the Hulu with Live TV package starting at $70 per month with ads (or $76 without) that includes more than 75 channels as well as Disney+ and ESPN+. However, those packages’ pricing will also change as a result of the company-wide subscription cost increases.
The basic Disney+ bundle will cost $10 per month and will only include Hulu (it currently includes ESPN+); those who want to add sports content can do so for $13 per month with ads.
Current subscribers of the Disney bundle with ad-supported Hulu will see their monthly subscription go up to $15 (up from $14); those who subscribe to the ad-free bundle won’t see any changes to their monthly price, which is currently $20. And starting Dec. 8, current subscribers of the Hulu with Live TV package will pay $70 per month for the ad-supported tier or $83 per month for the ad-free plan.
Potential cord cutters who want to save the most money can sign up right now for the Hulu with Live TV package for $50 per month with ads for their first three months. After that, the plan starts at $70 monthly with ads. (Hulu also has one-month free trials for its base plans.)
ESPN+ lets you stream live sports including MLB, NHL, UFC, the PGA Tour, the Masters, the US and Australian Opens, the X Games and more, plus get access to the network’s ESPN+ original series, exclusive 30 for 30 library of documentaries, premium articles and daily studio shows and more.
Disney+ is home to Marvel, Star Wars and Pixar films and shows, including Moon Knight, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Turning Red, the new Obi-Wan Kenobi series, the Emmy-nominated TV movie Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers and much more. Those who want even more award-winning entertainment can binge-watch Hulu for original shows such as Only Murders in the Building, Pam & Tommy, The Handmaid’s Tale, Nine Perfect Strangers and many others, plus expand their content by adding premium channels including HBO Max, Showtime, Starz and Cinemax.
The ESPN+ and Hulu price increases come ahead of Disney+ Day, which takes place Sept. 8 and promises the streaming releases of Thor: Love and Thunder and the new live-action Pinocchio, exclusive content, behind-the-scenes looks at Obi-Wan Kenobi and other hit movies and series, new original shows and more.
See the entire breakdown of the individual and bundle price change below. Sign up for ESPN+ online before the rate increases tomorrow here, get the Disney bundle for $20 here or cut the cord and get the ad-free Hulu with Live TV plan that includes Disney+ and sports while it still costs $76 per month here.
ESPN+ with ads (beginning Aug. 23): $10/month or $100/year
Disney+ (beginning Dec. 8): $8/month (ads); $11/month or $110/year (without ads)
Hulu (beginning Oct. 10): $8/month or $80/year (ads); $15/year (without ads)
Disney+ (ads) and Hulu (ads): $10/month
Disney+ (ads), Hulu (ads), ESPN+: $13/month
Disney+ (without ads), Hulu (ads), ESPN+: $15/month, only for existing subscribers
Disney+ (without ads), Hulu (without ads), ESPN+: $20/month
HULU + LIVE TV
Disney+ (ads), Hulu + Live TV (ads), ESPN+: $70/month
Disney+ (without ads), Hulu + Live TV (ads), ESPN+: $75/month, only for existing subscribers
Disney+ (without ads), Hulu + Live TV (without ads), ESPN+: $83/month
This story was updated Sept. 6 with new details on the Hulu with Live TV sign-up promotion.
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