Disney Plus to introduce cheaper ad-supported subscription plan this year


Disney said it will offer a cheaper, ad-supported version of its Disney+ streaming service later this year. The company also said that it plans to introduce these subscriptions internationally in 2023. Disney Plus will introduce an ad-supported subscription tier, similar to Hulu’s various plans. The no-ad version will remain, along with the bundle options for Hulu and ESPN Plus.

There was no pricing structure revealed in the announcement, but much like Hulu, HBO Max, and Peacock, the plan will cost less than the current no-ads model, which runs $7.99 a month. In India, Disney+ Hotstar offers Super and Premium plans. The monthly premium plan is priced at Rs 299/month, whereas the yearly premium plan is priced at Rs 1499. Disney+ Hotstar also sells another subscription plan in India, which is called the Super plan. The plan is priced at Rs 899 per year. The Super plan supports Full HD whereas the Premium plan supports 4K video.

The company said that the services will be offered in 42 countries and 11 new territories in the second half of the year. To name a few, Disney+ will be available in South Africa, Poland, and others. The complete list of countries where Disney+ will be launched includes Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Bahrain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Egypt, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Montenegro, Morocco, North Macedonia, Oman, Palestine, Poland, Qatar, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Vatican City, and Yemen.