The Disney Plus and Hulu merger is officially here. Tipped back in November during a Disney earnings call, this super streaming app adds a Hulu tile to the existing Disney Plus app so you don't need to leave the app to enjoy streaming services.
After using it for a bit, the first impressions are largely positive. With the Hulu tile right there on the home page, it's easy to get to Hulu content without needing to scroll. And when you search for a TV show or movie, you use the same Disney Plus search bar you always have and it will pull up results from both streaming services.
That's not to say this is perfect. As I'll get into in just a moment, there are quite a few catches and caveats to this new super streaming app. And if I'm being honest, between the user experience and the aforementioned caveats, I won't be going to Disney Plus if I'm looking for Hulu content. But, if I'm already on Disney Plus, I probably won't leave the app to watch Hulu content given it's now easily accessible.
If more people share my attitude then this initial beta test is probably a win for Bob Iger & Co. After all, the goal here is to reduce people leaving the Disney Plus app and the streaming service in general. While this new Disney Plus app still has some issues, it will probably accomplish both those goals, at least in small doses.
Disney Plus app with Hulu: Here's the catch(es)
Okay, first thing first — not everyone has access to this new Disney Plus with Hulu streaming app. You need to have a Disney bundle subscription, either the Duo or Trio plan works. These bundle plans combine at least two of Disney Plus, Hulu and ESPN Plus and have configurations that are ad-supported as well as premium configurations that ditch the ads on Disney Plus and Hulu.
Disney bundle: starting at $9.99 a month
If you want to watch the latest Disney, MCU and Star Wars content and get access to Hulu's vast content library of TV shows and movies, you want the Disney bundle. This bundle starts at just under $10 a month and gives you access to two of the best streaming services out there. It's also the only way to get access to Disney's new super streaming app — so sign up now!
But even if you have a Duo or Trio Disney bundle, you still might not have access to the Hulu beta in the Disney Plus app. The new version of the streaming app is still rolling out — as of this writing, several Tom's Guide staff still do not have access. So don't panic if you don't have it yet. A stable version of the Hulu integration isn't expected until March 2024, so don't be surprised if this is a slow rollout.
You also need to have the same email address associated with the login for both your Disney Plus and Hulu accounts. Disney Plus customer service can help you link your accounts if that's causing you issues.
Aside from issues related to availability, there are a few other things to keep in mind when using Hulu on Disney Plus. First, because of licensing restrictions, not all Hulu content is available on the Hulu tile in Disney Plus. A lot of it is but hit titles like Modern Family are noticeably absent.
Second, according to Variety, your viewing progress won't sync across apps. What this means is that if you're watching an episode of The Bear in Disney Plus, the Hulu app won't know if you've watched the episode or how much of it you've watched. Sync between the platforms is expected to come on the stable version of the super streaming app in March.
Still, if you're someone who wishes everything was in one place, Disney Plus just got a major upgrade. And for the rest of us, this is still a welcome benefit to bundling our Disney Plus and Hulu subscriptions. Given that there is now a Netflix and Max bundle and possibly an Apple TV Plus and Paramount Plus bundle on the way, Disney needs to continue to stand out to keep subscribers.
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Malcolm McMillan is a senior writer for Tom's Guide, covering all the latest in streaming TV shows and movies. That means news, analysis, recommendations, reviews and more for just about anything you can watch, including sports! If it can be seen on a screen, he can write about it. Previously, Malcolm had been a staff writer for Tom's Guide for over a year, with a focus on artificial intelligence (AI), A/V tech and VR headsets.
Before writing for Tom's Guide, Malcolm worked as a fantasy football analyst writing for several sites and also had a brief stint working for Microsoft selling laptops, Xbox products and even the ill-fated Windows phone. He is passionate about video games and sports, though both cause him to yell at the TV frequently. He proudly sports many tattoos, including an Arsenal tattoo, in honor of the team that causes him to yell at the TV the most.