Published: Wed, August 07, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

New Disney bundle will offer Disney+, Hulu, ESPN

New Disney bundle will offer Disney+, Hulu, ESPN

In a move calculated to undermine Netflix as competition, Disney will offer a three for the price of one streaming service starting November. For all three streaming services, subscribers will pay just $12.99 a month.

That's nearly twice the monthly fee that Disney projected in April, when the company said the Disney Plus alone would cost $6.99 per month, or well below the $12.99 monthly fee charged by Netflix for its most popular streaming plan. With Disney+ having no plans of releasing in SA yet, it's likely we'll be getting our Disney content elsewhere (possibly Showmax?), but hopefully, Disney will eventually start to make plans for a South African release date.

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The remake is one of several "reimaginations" the company is planning for its new streaming service, Disney+. Basically a reboot, Iger confirmed that classics like Home Alone, Night at the Museum, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid will be rebooted on Disney's own streaming channel, Disney+, which will launch later this year.

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The studio's suite of streaming services will be available for a discounted bundle price.

Hulu now costs $6, and ESPN Plus costs $5.

In April, CEO Bob Iger unveiled Disney+ and said it would include exclusive access to some of the brand's popular movies, shows and characters. With a more significant emphasis on services, Apple does have plenty of options to consider for bundles that could compete against Disney's $12.99 deal. Now, it appears a bundle deal including Disney+, Hulu and ESPN will launch November 12 for an astounding $12.99 per month. Shows aimed at adults will be concentrated on Hulu, which Disney now controls. Even the two Cheaper by the Dozen movies grossed over $300 million, and I could see Disney assembling a young, fun, diverse cast for that film, depending on how the studio chooses to "reimagine" that title.

By the end of the first year of launch, bosses have predicted Disney+ will be home to more than 7,500 episodes of TV and 400 movies.

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