18 October 2022
As announced in August, Disney has officially released Disney+ Basic subscription tier in the United States. It is a cheaper but ad-supported subscription from the company with the goal of taking on Netflix. It is expected to appeal to customers who do not want to pay what a Premium plan costs but are okay with watching ads to save some money.
Disney+ Basic is priced at $7.99 per month where users will have to watch ads between their favorite shows and movies. As for the ad-free Premium plan, it will cost you $10.99 per month or $109.99 per year. Disney has partnered with 100 advertisers across all the major categories at the time of the launch.
The good thing is that despite subscribing to the cheaper Disney+ Basic plan, buyers will get access to the complete Disney+ catalog. This is different from Netflix where its ad-supported tier misses out on some of the catalog due to licensing issues. There is support for streaming on up to four devices at the same time. Wherever the content supports HDR10, 4K Ultra HD, Dolby Vision, Full HD, and Extended Aspect Ratio with IMAX Enhanced, those will be available as well.
The ads will be 15 seconds, 30 seconds, or 45 seconds long and there will be up to four minutes of commercials per hour. This tier does not support offline viewing as an active internet connection is required to load ads. In the same announcement, Disney revealed Disney Bundle Duo Basic will cost $9.99 per month. Disney Bundle Trio Basic plan will cost $12.99 per month and Hulu (with ads) + Live TV plan is priced at $69.99 per month.