Starting Dec. 8, Hulu + Live TV prices go up for existing subscribers.
Instead of paying $70/month, subscribers will pay $75/month for the same service. This change appears to be related to the upcoming launch of Disney+ with ads, as Disney’s ad-free plan is getting a price increase on the same day. (The Hulu TV bundle comes bundled with Disney+, ESPN+, and the Hulu catalog upon request.)
Unfortunately, a lot of the media coverage of the Hulu+ Live TV price hike missed an important detail: You can save the $70/month price by upgrading to an ad-supported version of Disney+. It’s a one-sided move – you won’t be able to go back to $75 a month after December 8 – but it’s worth considering unless you’re an avid Disney+ watcher.
Hulu and Disney+ price hike details
To be clear, let’s summarize all of the recent and upcoming price hikes for Hulu and Disney+:
Hulu price increase on demand (effective October 10):
- With ads: $8/month or $80/year (was $7/month).
- No ads: $15/month (was $13/month)
Disney+ Price Increase (Effective December 8):
- With ads: $8 per month
- No ads: $11/month or $110/year (currently $8/month or $80/year).
Disney Package Price Increases (Effective December 8):
- Disney+ and Hulu with ads: $10 per month.
- Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ with ads: $13/month.
- Legacy plan for current subscribers: Disney+ (no ads), Hulu (ads), and ESPN+ (ads) for $15/month (currently $14/month).
- Disney+ (no ads), Hulu (no ads), ESPN+ (ads): $20 per month, same as before.
Hulu + Live TV (effective December 8):
- Without the Disney package: $69 per month.
- With the Disney Ad-Enabled Bundle: $70 per month.
- Legacy plan for current subscribers: Disney+ (no ads), Hulu (with ads), and ESPN+ (with ads) for $75 per month (currently $70 per month).
- With Disney+ (no ads), Hulu (no ads), and ESPN+ (ads): $83 per month (was $76 per month).
Basically, Disney is using the upcoming ad-supported version of Disney+ as an excuse to raise the prices of its ad-free plans. In order to keep the current price on Disney+, you need to endure commercial breaks (unless you’re young enough or using some clever workarounds).
This trade-off may be more acceptable to Hulu+ Live TV subscribers, who have subscribed primarily to the service’s cable channel lineup. If you don’t watch a lot of Disney+ content, you can also upgrade to an ad-supported tier and save an extra $5 per month.
How to avoid price hikes on Hulu + Live TV
While the Hulu + Live TV price hike won’t take effect until December 8th, you can lower it now to avoid being automatically charged the higher price that day. Here’s how:
- Sign in to Hulu.com and go to the account page.
- In the Your Subscription section, select Manage Plan.
- Select the $69.99 per month option for “Hulu (with ads) + Live TV, Disney+ (with ads) and ESPN+ (with ads”)
- Select “View Changes” and confirm
Please note that the plan switching process will be different if you signed up through a third party billing provider such as Roku or Verizon. The Hulu website has details on how to cancel your subscription through these providers.
Again, the current Hulu + Live TV plan, which includes ad-free Disney+ (but still has Hulu catalog ads on demand), will unavailable after Dec 8so don’t downgrade unless you want to lose that benefit forever.
While Disney has certainly created some confusion with its many packages and price tiers, at least Hulu + Live TV subscribers have the option to keep their current prices if they want to. Just don’t expect Disney to sing about it from the rooftops.
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