Disney's dominance has led to one of its streaming service's most-enticing offers. Disney+ is offering a bundle that includes Hulu and ESPN for $13, which is about $5 less than they cost a la carte. However, Hulu users might be sad to learn that the bundle includes the ad-supported version of Hulu and not the ad-free tier that costs $12 per month.
The folks at Lifehacker have found a work-around for those who love Disney as much as they hate ads. Users can sign up for ad-free Hulu and the bundle, in that order, and recieve a credit from Disney for $6/month. That brings the combined total of the two subscriptions down to $19 a month, effectively paying $6 more for an ad-free experience and getting ESPN in the deal.
The deals and tips website found Disney's warning that users must sign up for Hulu first and then the Disney+ bundle, using the same email address, or else they are out of luck.
“If you purchase the bundle through Disney and do not have an existing Hulu subscription, you will not be able to make changes to your Hulu (ad-supported) plan," Disney writes. "If you want to subscribe to any of Hulu’s other plans or add-ons, you will need to end your subscription to the Disney bundle, before you can add additional subscriptions from Hulu.”
For the thrifty, it's worth noting that Disney is currently A-OK with the standard pratice of password sharing.
"We believe that consumers will see that value, and they’re going to act accordingly. They’re going to use those accounts for their family, for their household," Disney Streaming Services head Michael Paull said. "That being said, we do recognize password sharing exists and will continue to exist."