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Disney+ to be bundled with ESPN+ and Hulu for $12.99 a month

The hotly-anticipated streaming service will open its doors in the US on November 12

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Disney has announced that its upcoming streaming service will be available as part of a $12.99 monthly bundle, alongside ESPN+ and Hulu.

The bundle will be available on the same day that Disney+ launches in the US, November 12. It represents good value for money, as Netflix on its own now starts at $8.99, but for HD content (which is really what everyone should be aiming for) the price is $12.99.

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Amazon also charges $12.99 for Prime, which includes fast delivery on all qualifying Amazon orders, plus access to the company's video streaming service. Resolution is HD, or Ultra HD with HDR where available, for the same flat fee.



Also making this bundle seem like good value is how Hulu is currently sold for $5.99 per month (with adverts) and ESPN+ costs $4.99, for a total of $10.98. This puts the addition of Disney+ at just $2.01.

Disney announced earlier this year that its Disney+ service will cost $6.99 per month or $69.99 for a year. The service will include all content the Disney company owns, which includes Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic.



Unlike Netflix, which charges extra for HD ($12.99) and Ultra HD ($15.99), Disney says its $6.99 service will be offered at Ultra HD with HDR, so long as your television supports it. All Disney+ content will be available to download and watch offline, whereas this is not offered with all Netflix content.

As for the rest of Disney's $!2.99 bundle, the ESPN+ sports channel includes MLB, NHL and MLS games, plus Grand Slam tennis, UFC, Top Rank boxing, PGA Tour golf, international rugby and cricket, college sports, and full access to the ESPN Films library.

It isn't clear if this bundle will be available to viewers outside of the US, as regional right limitations will likely apply to much of this content, as is the case with Hulu which isn't available in Canada, for example.

Another question yet to be fully answered is what devices Disney+ will be available on. The company for now has confirmed deals with Roku and Sony for availability on their devices, and this week it said "Amazon, Apple and other distributors" will also be onboard. It is highly likely that Disney+ will be available via an app on a wide range of smartphones, tablets and televisions, as well as through web browsers on PC and Mac.

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