Disney will launch Disney+ with advertising in December, but you won’t save anything. It will cost $7.99 per month – the same as the current ad-free plan.
Disney has revealed more details about its ad-supported offering, including how much it will cost and when it will be available. Interestingly, this doesn’t make Disney+ any cheaper for existing subscribers.
If you were hoping for an even cheaper version of Disney+ with ads, costing well under $8, that’s not going to happen. Starting December 8, 2022, you’ll be able to watch Disney+ with ads for $7.99 a month. This is the current price for the original ad-free offer. On the day the ad-supported plan launches, Disney will increase to $10.99 per month ad-free in the US. This news shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, as Disney has been telling investors for months that its flagship streaming service will include advertising, and has never promised any savings.
Still, when the Disney+ advertising schedule rolls out later this year, it will feature “a reduced advertising load and frequency to ensure a great experience for viewers,” Disney CEO Bob Chapek said during the company’s third-quarter earnings call . Disney is reportedly planning to limit commercial breaks to four minutes per hour. The company also confirmed during Wednesday’s conference call that no ads will be running on child profiles.
Disney plans to expand the promotional schedule internationally in 2023. You will only be able to get it on a monthly basis. (Also, the annual subscription for Disney+ without ads will be increased by $30 to $109 per year).