Bad news for Disney Plus subscribers. The media giant announced that it will increase the price of its streaming service from $7.99/month to $10.99/month. (The annual rate will also increase from $79.99/year to $109.99/year). The new rates will take effect on December 8. An ad-supported version of Disney Plus will also launch on that date for $7.99/month. (There's currently no annual option for the forthcoming ad-supported tier).
However, there's a trick you can do now to avoid paying the higher rate. If you're not a member and have been on the fence, simply lock in the $7.99/month ($79.99/year) Disney Plus price by subscribing now (opens in new tab). Otherwise, if you're a current member your best bet is to opt for the annual Disney Bundle (opens in new tab). The Disney Bundle offers the best value and will only increase $1 from $13.99/month to $14.99/month — savings of around $14 vs their new pricing. It includes ad-free Disney Plus and ad-supported Hulu/ESPN Plus.
Disney Plus: for $79.99/year @ Disney (opens in new tab)
New members: If you're not a Disney Plus member, now is the time to lock in your rates. You can get Disney Plus for $79.99/year and avoid the new price of $109.99/year.
Disney Plus Bundle: for $79.99/year @ Disney (opens in new tab)
Current members: If you're already a member looking for the best value — your best bet is the Disney Bundle. It includes ad-free Disney Plus and ad-supported Hulu/ESPN Plus. The current price is $13.99/month, but it'll increase just $1 to $14.99/month.
News of the price hikes come as Disney announces it has gained 14.4 million subscribers during its third quarter for a total of 152 million Disney Plus subscribers.
That said, Disney Plus is one of the best streaming services offering a huge amount of content including Marvel, Star Wars, Disney's own animated canon, and The Simpsons (all 30+ seasons and counting). A lot of the content is available in 4K resolution with HDR color palettes, too.