Disney Plus is now streaming. And although it costs $69 per year or $6.99 per month, there’s a way to reduce, if not eliminate, that cost for up to a year.
Disney Plus, which officially launched on Tuesday, is arguably one of the most anticipated streaming video services released this year. It offers the full library of Disney movies and series, including the top films from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars franchises. You can also watch popular shows like The Simpsons, or check out original series like Mandalorian.
All of that content is enough to make Disney Plus valuable. But when you consider it’s among the cheaper streaming options on the market — and notably cheaper than Netflix, Hulu, and Apple TV Plus — it’s one you should really consider if you’re planning to stream more content to your television, phone, or tablet.
But why pay the full price for Disney Plus if you don’t need to? The fact is, there are options available right now that can help you cut the Disney Plus cost significantly.
A Little Help From Verizon
If you’re a Verizon customer or thinking about becoming one, you can take advantage of a free Disney Plus offer.
Earlier this year, Verizon announced that if you sign up for (or are already a member) of the company’s Verizon Unlimited plans, you can get Disney Plus for free for a year. Verizon is offering the same deal on those who sign up for the company’s Fios Home Internet.
Of course, signing up for a Verizon Unlimited plan if you’re already with another carrier isn’t the most appealing of moves. But if you’re already an Unlimited subscriber (or you want to jump into one of the company’s Unlimited plans), it might make some sense.
Pricing varies on Verizon’s Unlimited and Fios Home Internet options. The cheapest Unlimited plan starts at $35 per line for four or more lines. You can also choose from three Fios Home plans that start at $40 per month.
Remember the Bundle
Disney itself is offering a way to save a few bucks on Disney Plus, if you don’t mind also subscribing to the company’s other streaming services.
In a bid to attract people to its many streaming offerings, Disney said that you can get Disney Plus, Hulu, and ESPN Plus streaming access for $13 a month. That’s a $5-a-month savings on the cost of each of those services’ separate costs. Better yet, it’s a savings that won’t go away after one year, like the Verizon bundle, which ends after a one-year period.
Still, you’ll need to decide if you want Hulu and ESPN Plus. Hulu offers access to today’s content, including programming on NBC, Fox, and other networks. The version in the bundle has ads, however, so get ready to sit through commercials during viewing.
ESPN Plus is a streaming sports network that gives you access to everything from mainstream sports to more obscure sports. You can also stream UFC fights from the service.
Looking ahead, the deals may keep coming. Disney Plus has only just launched, but with Black Friday around the corner and the possibility of other streaming services offering specials to attract more users, it’s entirely possible new deals on Disney Plus will crop up.
Until then, consider the options above to save a few bucks.