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Disney+ Will Reportedly Limit Ads to 4 Minutes Per Hour on Ad-Supported Tier

Matt Tamanini

We know that ads are coming to Disney+, but there are still significant questions as to how Disney is going to integrate the new ad-supported tier into its premium streaming service. On Tuesday, one of the major questions was answered as we learned that the streamer is planning to keep the number of ads around its content to a minimum.

According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, Disney is aiming to serve roughly four minutes of ads per hour. That load will put the platform in line with other services that serve a minimum number of commercials, but dramatically behind the ad load seen on traditional TV.

On the ad-supported tiers for HBO Max and Peacock, viewers can expect between four and five minutes of ads per hour, while Disney’s other general entertainment streamer Hulu serves nearly twice as many commercials. However, on broadcast and cable, consumers can expect anywhere from 18 to 23 minutes of commercials per hour.

Additionally, Disney+ is vowing to not serve ads during programming aimed at young children. The service will not place ads on shows or movies that are designed for preschool children, and when using a profile specifically set up for a young child, there will be no ads served, no matter what content is streamed.

“We’re never going to collect data on individual kids to target them,” Disney’s president of ad sales and partnerships Rita Ferro told the WSJ.

The report comes as Disney is preparing to make its case to advertisers as part of the annual upfronts event in New York City on Tuesday. While Disney is attempting to woo advertisers to their rapidly growing streaming service, the company has yet to announce when the ad-supported tier, how much it will cost, or how ads will be integrated into programming that was not designed to support commercials.

However, during the company’s recent earnings call, Disney executives did indicate that there would likely be a price increase to the ad-free tier once the lower-priced, ad-supported option was made available to consumers.

Reports also came out on Tuesday that the streamer will not accept advertising from alcohol brands, political campaigns or action committees, or competing networks, streaming services, or studios.

It is a distinct possibility that executives will make more information about their Disney+ advertising plans known on Tuesday, but either way, it does appear that the company is keeping user experience in mind while rolling out the ad-supported tier.

HBO Max vs. Peacock, Paramount+, and Hulu At A Glance

Service Price Ads Per Hour Simultaneous Streams 4K Streaming Offline Mode Live Sports
HBO Max $9.99 4 min/hr (none during HBO programming) 3 No No No
Peacock $4.99 (Free for Comcast & Cox Customers) 5 min/hr 3 No No Premier League & WWE
Paramount Plus $5.99 9-10 min/hr 3 No No NFL & Champions League
Hulu $5.99 9-10 min/hr 2 Select shows & movies on certain devices No NHL & ESPN+ Upgrade

Ads Per Hour

While it is the most expensive at $9.99 a month, HBO Max also has the fewest ads at just 4 minutes per hour. On certain content, there will be less than that, for instance HBO originals and movies won’t have any. Certain shows like Friends will only have two short ad-blocks in the middle.

Peacock, which is half the price of HBO Max, and free in many cases, only has five minutes per hour, which is nearly half that of Hulu and Paramount+.

Disney+

Disney+ is an ad-free video streaming service with over 13,000 series and films from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, The Muppets, and more. It is available in 61 countries and 21 languages.

The Disney streaming service costs $7.99 / month, or $79.99 / year ($6.67 / month). You can bundle it with Hulu and ESPN+ for just $13.99 a month (cheaper than Netflix).

The app supports unlimited downloads, four simultaneous streamers, up to 7 profiles, 4K streaming, and includes hundreds of avatars.

The service includes 25+ new original series, 10+ original movies, 7,500 past episodes, 100 recent movies, and 400 library titles including the entire Disney Vault. You can stream original series like “The Mandalorian”, “Falcon and the Winter Soldier”, “Loki”, and “Obi-Wan Kenobi.”

You can see the full list of available Disney, Disney Channel, Star Wars, Pixar, Marvel, Nat Geo shows and movies, or all available Disney Plus content by checking out our Disney+ Streaming Movie List.

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